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Ashley Holleman

Ashley and Heather Holleman love helping people connect with Jesus and their identity as “sent ones” of God. And they long to see another powerful and historical move of God among the church—a move of God such that a dramatic number of believers are awakened to and sent out for the cause of Christ and His gospel.

To play a part in that move of God, they come alongside churches and ministries to catalyze their efforts to develop a culture of evangelism and to mobilize sent-ones. In particular, they serve and encourage pastors and ministry leaders via the following:

coaching • consulting • speaking • writing • developing resources and tools • and creating and hosting training conferences and retreats.

Prior to serving with GSA, Ashley and Heather served full-time with Cru for 19 years, where they focused on reaching grad students and professors. In 2015, Ashley relaunched the grad ministry of Cru and served as its national director. Over the next 7 years, they saw the Lord expand the grad ministry from 1 campus to over 30, build the grad ministry team from 4 full- time staff to 20, and grow the number of grad students within Cru’s reach from 6000 to a quarter million.

Ashley is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and earned his master’s in chemistry from the University of Michigan. In his free time, Ashley enjoys building furniture, gardening, working on his house, and watching college sports. With Heather, Ashley co-wrote the evangelism book, Sent: Living a Life that Invites Others to Jesus.

Heather is a graduate of the University of Virginia and earned her master’s and doctorate in English Literature from the University of Michigan. Heather is an associate teaching professor at Penn State where her students call her a "walking exclamation point." She designs the advanced writing curriculum for the Schreyer Honor College of Penn State and loves to help faculty improve their teaching. Heather has written eight books including the best- seller Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison; and an award-winning book on evangelism (co-written with Ashley) called Sent: Living a Life that Invites Others to Jesus. Heather’s newest book, The Six Conversations: Pathways to Connecting in an Age of Isolation and Incivility helps readers connect in loving conversation. She blogs daily at

Together, Heather and Ashley have two wonderful adult daughters. As a couple, they love investing in rich and warm friendships with those God has placed in their natural pathways.

Ashley Holleman
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