The Renewed Life Ministries Team
Renewed Life Ministries depends on both staff and volunteers alike. We would not be able to help the men, families, and communities that we have been privileged to serve without our team. These people serve week in and week out to make a difference that will not be forgotten.
Ashley Wenzel, MSW
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR OF COUNSELING
Ashley joined RLMO as the Director of Counseling & Development at the beginning of 2022. In January of 2023 she took on the role of Executive Director. Prior to joining the staff she provided therapy groups to our students once a week as a volunteer through another agency and was the highlight of her week. Ashley holds a Masters from George Williams College, where she studied Clinical Psychotherapy & Community Mental Health and is completing her Doctorate in Christian Counseling. She holds over 12 years of experience in leading and building organizations in the healthcare and mental health care industry. Her areas of expertise include counseling, quality, financial & operational improvement, strategic planning & implementation, community engagement, marketing, event planning, non-profit management and grant writing. Ashley is a wonderful addition to the RLMO leadership team. Her diligence and cheerful devotion to help those we serve has a major role in the growth and future of our ministry. Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, kayaking especially, being active & busy. She absolutely loves improving anything, from interior spaces, furniture pieces, herself, and the quality of someone else’s life. In case you ever need to know, her love language is a diet soda.
Blake Hammill is a 2014 graduate of RLMO’s year-long residential discipleship program. Blake joined the RLMO team in April of 2019. Prior, he served on staff at Journey Pure, a clinical addiction treatment center in Rutherford County and had maintained involvement at RLMO alongside fellow graduates, as an active volunteer and mentor. He holds a degree in Psychology, with concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, from MTSU. His knowledge, personal past experiences with addiction, and strong ties to the community, make him a phenomenal Outreach Director. In this role, Blake handles volunteer and serving opportunities, public affairs and events, donor relations, referral and partnership engagement, resident recruitment, and assist with education and social media. Blake enjoys discipling, spending time with family, fitness and the occasional decadent dessert. Blake serves at Celebrate Recovery and at his home church The Experience Christian Community. Though Blake is probably the healthiest eater on our team, he will never turn down a Crumble Cookie.
Sam is a child of the most high God, and has celebrated the 19th anniversary of his 39th birthday. He volunteered for nine years at the GAP House of Prayer in Murfreesboro, and for five years at RLMO before joining the staff. He makes his home on the grounds of Renewed Life and walks with the men, day-by-day, as they experience their new-found freedom. Sam’s dedication to RLMO takes admiration to another level. With this vital role, he is a mentor, driver, chef, scheduler, shopper, organizer, mediator, bible study leader… You name it, he probably does it! Most importantly he is a consistent positive role model and brother to the men as they find their identity in Christ throughout the program. Sam enjoys worshiping the lord through song. In fact he plays the drums quite well but won’t admit that himself. He loves to cook, have fun (humor is a must), and most of all loves spending time with his daughter.
LICENSED PASTORAL COUNSELOR
Wayne is a Pastoral Counselor and Life Coach who earned his B.A. in Christian Counseling from Colorado Theological Seminary. He is a Certified Temperament Counselor & Licensed Pastoral Counselor from the N.C.C.A and has over 25 years of pastoral and ministry experience. Wayne is a Counselor at Branches Counseling Center where he specializes in walking with people struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, self worth, loss, adjustments & transitions, and issues of faith. RLMO was blessed to have him join our staff in 2021 where he now walks closely with every man in our program. Every student in our program receives weekly individual counseling, Wayne’s services have proven to be crucial to our students success. Wayne enjoys anything outdoors or with family; especially camping, hiking, kayaking, softball and tennis. Wayne is also very musically talented and plays guitar, drums, keyboard and has lead worship teams.
ASSISTANT OF OPERATIONS & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Danielle does so many things for our ministry and we are so very grateful for her. Besides running several critical behind the scenes tasks, Danielle keeps us organized, grounded and most of all encouraged. With her skills in administration, she provides several supportive services to our leadership team and they could not do what they do without her. Danielle also has a background in photography, in fact she took the awesome photos you see on this page! Aside from photography, Danielle enjoys sharing precious time with her teenage son, her husband Jason, and her curious yellow lab Kaede. On golden or crisps TN days you’ll find her hiking on a new-to-her winding trail in our scenic state. On rainy days you’ll probably find her reading non-fiction books, her bible, or some “nerdy” article. She leads a home church community and provides individual and couples ministry helping people receive God’s freedom.
DEREK FAULKNER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, 2010-2019
BASIL ADAMS, FOUNDER & DIRECTOR EMERITUS
Derek Faulkner graduated from the RLMO program in 2003. In 2010, he was named executive director. Derek was instrumental in helping RLMO to reach many new milestones, including a move to Rutherford County. Derek passed away February 2019, after a brief battle with cancer.
Basil Adams and wife Naomi cast a vision for a different kind of residential program when they founded RLMO in 1995. We are forever grateful for their obedience to the call and continued investment of their time, encouragement, and resources.