Rev. Ginger Coakley
Co-Founder and Executive Director
My name is Ginger, I am amazed that God called me to lead something like this. Eden’s Glory is an act of courage and obedience, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. It is also an honor to have a front row seat to the transforming power and grace of God. In 2010 I was completely unaware that slavery still existed. When I heard, I devoured information from statistics to documentaries, to narrative accounts. I was heart broken at the reality. I was angered by the injustice, and I was CALLED to do something about it. So I quit my job, moved to Illinois, got married, bought a house, had a baby, and started a ministry all in the same year. Crazy! We have been open since September 2015 and have served 7 women so far. We could tell you so so many stories!
Annie Schomaker, LCSW
Co-Founder and Program Director
Annie is a licensed clinical social worker with vast experience of casework, counseling, and training in her field. In 2004, God moved her heart to fight for the broken, the enslaved, and challenge systemic injustices and she has never turned back. Annie is the co-founder and lead program developer for Eden's Glory. MANY hours of learning, research, networking, writing, revising, wrestling, creativity, heart, and PRAYER have been given to the creation of a two-year treatment program for survivors of human trafficking. Annie will lead the program, with God's help and grace, to focus on the women and their pursuit of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational restoration.
Lauren recently earned her Master of Social Work and Certificate for Violence & Injury Prevention from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University with a concentration of Advocacy and Empowerment for Survivors of Sexual Exploitation. She also completed training with the YWCA’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and has spent the last year and a half serving as a SART advocate. Lauren has been passionate about anti-exploitation work for over a decade now, taking every opportunity to learn about it, write about it, speak about it, and work with organizations doing something about it. She spent a year living in Southern India serving as an intern with International Justice Mission, and then spent two years as a dedicated volunteer/public speaker for Not For Sale – Minnesota. Lauren is thrilled to be pursuing justice and serving survivors through her new role as Program Coordinator at Eden’s Glory!
Kristi is a Greenville College graduate who felt God calling her to women’s ministry during her senior year of college. God gave her a passion to walk alongside women who are in need of spiritual and emotional healing. Though she graduated with an English degree, Kristi decided to pursue the passion God placed in her heart to serve in ministry. In 2015, she heard about Eden’s Glory and felt it would be a great opportunity to begin serving in ministry. She took on the role of a weekender in September and is now the House Manager. She hopes and prays that God will use her to be a light for Him as she walks with each woman through the journey of healing and restoration.
Assistant House Manager
Four years ago Heather first heard about the injustice of human trafficking and immediately knew that God was calling her to do something. She began to do research and spoke at her church and college to educate those around her about the reality of human trafficking. Heather recently graduated from Greenville College with a degree in Elementary Education and God has been faithful in making a way and opening doors by leading her to Eden's Glory. Heather is excited to live life alongside the amazing women that God brings to Eden's Glory and for the opportunity to live out her faith in a loving God and the calling she knows he has placed on her life. Psalm 82:3-4
Assistant House Manager
Missy is a 2016 grad from Greenville College, receiving Social Work and Urban Ministries degrees. Her senior year of high school, Missy read a book which gave a glimpse of the life of the men, women and children in slavery today. Since then, the Lord has grown the desire to aid in the restoration of those who have been affected by modern day slavery. She is excited to join the Eden's Glory team! Missy loves to explore the outdoors, create art, spend time in conversation and hopes to provide similar engaging experiences for the women at Eden's Glory. She believes laughter heals, so wants to spread joy as often as possible to the staff and residents at Eden's. She encourages "firsts" as much as possible. That might be a first time skating on ice, or first time eating the core of an apple! But "firsts" bring joy; and Missy is all about joy!