Abbi Stockwell joined AGAPE’s Morning Star Sanctuary Domestic Violence Program in December 2018. She plays a foundational role in the success of Morning Star Sanctuary, and AGAPE is truly blessed by her talents, skillset and compassion. Check out the Q&A below to learn more about Abbi and her role at AGAPE!
Describe your role at AGAPE:
I serve as the Operations Manager for AGAPE’s Morning Star Sanctuary Domestic Violence Program. In this role, I coordinate with a variety of partners to help support the operations of the domestic violence shelter, including vendors, volunteers, donors, human resources and other agencies. I also contribute to the management of AGAPE’s Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA) grant, ensuring programmatic compliance, meeting reporting requirements and overseeing the audit process.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
The work that I do enables our staff to do the work that they do. I work with our amazing team of vendors (i.e., security, maintenance, IT, etc.) to make sure the campus is safe, secure and welcoming for our staff and program participants. I love sharing the vision and purpose of AGAPE with donors looking to meet the practical needs of the shelter program through in-kind donations. I have witnessed the Lord’s continued provision over the last few years, as our donors have shown up time and time again with gifts ranging from toilet paper to face masks to Christmas presents!
What about your work might surprise people?
My role can vary wildly given the day, but it is all purposeful. Whether it is delivering groceries to the shelter or writing the grant application that funds a significant portion of our program, I enjoy it all!
What motivates you?
My faith in the healing work of Jesus Christ. We see a lot of brokenness and situations that can seem hopeless, but we serve a God who saves. He is faithful and good, even when nothing else is good around us. Recently, I was encouraged by another staff member when she shared a good truth: God is near to the brokenhearted.
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
The Lord is going to do His work. I am thankful that I get to see a fraction of it.
What have you learned since joining AGAPE?
The Lord has stretched me in many ways since taking this job, growing me in humility and strengthening me with His abounding grace. He has grown me in my awareness of the needs of others, as well as the impact and manifestation of trauma. In a more practical sense, I have learned how to change almost any door knob and the importance of a reliable maintenance contact and plumber!
Do you have a favorite memory from working at AGAPE?
I could not ask for better or more fun coworkers! They bring encouragement and laughter on the hardest days. My work tends to be more behind the scenes, so I especially love the Christmas season when I get to coordinate and plan for the holiday festivities!
What do you like to do for fun?
I love to be outside! One of my favorite things is to go on a long walk with a good friend. I enjoy traveling, baking and spending time with family.
Tell us a little about your family:
My husband, Brandon, and I have been married for a little over five years. We met at the University of Kentucky (Go BBN!), where we were involved in the same campus ministry. We moved to Tennessee in 2018. We have a one-year-old son, Ephraim Harrison, who keeps us on our toes!
To see a listing of other AGAPE staff members, click here.