By Laura Gamble
March 16, 2021

Arise Ministries helps single mothers

Local nonprofit focuses on the emotional and spiritual well-being of brave and courageous single mothers.

Did you know that the largest demographic group in the United States is that of single mothers? According to Pam Kanaly, co-founder of Arise Ministries, it is, and it is growing.

Pam is a humble spitfire with a true passion for bringing healing and help to single mothers worldwide, perhaps because she experienced the difficulties of single motherhood herself.

Pam and her friend Shelley Pulliam founded Arise in 2002 with a simple mission to help single moms create healthy homes. Arise has grown to serve over thirty-one thousand single moms in over one hundred and forty countries through their in-person and online resources. 

Kids show off their artwork at an Arise Ministries event (Photo provided)

Arise focuses on single mothers’ emotional and spiritual well-being to help them gain a fresh perspective on their roles of parenting alone and discover new ways to model well in the home.

Arise Ministries hosts the only regional single mothers’ conference in America, THRIVE Gathering. Other states, groups, and some of the nation’s largest churches have brought the conference to their area.

In addition to THRIVE Gathering, they host other events as well. Free Family Movie Night takes place each month for single moms and their children. Jingle Jangle is their annual Single Mom Holiday Kick-Off event. Usually an in-person event, Jingle Jangle went virtual in 2020 with inspirational worship music, three encouraging speakers, and door prizes.

Arise is planning both virtual and in-person events this summer. All in-person events will require masks and proper social distancing.

Their online presence includes Bible Studies, the Equip Podcast, videos, and other resources and all of these are free to the public and available on their website:

As a Christian, faith-based ministry, Pam shared, “It’s very humbling to look at where we started, and it’s been such a joy to partner with God to help all these brave women.” She attributes much of their success to the weekly prayer group of six women who have met every Tuesday for fifteen years to pray for the ministry, as well as their staff.

The Arise staff consists of Executive Director and Co-Founder Shelley Pulliam, Development Director and Co-Founder Pam Kanaly, plus Mel Hiett, Cindy Sheffield, Louann Malone, and Lisa Leininger.  

Pam says they have seen many miracles and lives changed over the past nineteen years, but they want more. When asked about their needs, Pam said they need more moms to use their services and more people to help spread the word. They are always open to more partners in the form of donors, volunteers, churches, business partners, and prayer partners. Arise is not affiliated with any particular church, but they do receive support from a few of the larger churches in the area in the form of space, allowing Arise to hold conferences and other events in their buildings.

Pam said, “Single moms are brave and courageous, and it doesn’t take much to put them on their feet.”

You can reach Arise through their website and find them on Facebook.

Pam Kanaly and Shelley Pulliam, co-founders of Arise Ministries (Photo provided)

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About Laura Gamble

Laura is President of Redbud Advisory Group, a consulting company that she founded in 2016. Redbud, whose tagline is, “First I listen”, provides a myriad of consulting and professional development services to non-profit and small business leaders. She is a certified life coach and holds certifications in non-profit management and DISC Behavioral Analysis.