Leah Nelson, Co-founder, is the logo for WholyFit, is the model for training pictures, the performer in the Multi-level DVD and can be seen in the Gallery pages
By the power of the Holy Spirit, we join in God’s work of healing, renewal and restoration through offering highly effective & accessible fitness programs integrating exercise with worship and the Word leading to wholeness, holiness and fitness, body, soul & spirit.
…to inspire, enliven and heal through movement, worship and the Word of God, in order to build up the Body of Christ, protect the purity of the Bride of Christ and reveal God’s love to the world through Jesus, The Prince of Peace, to whom belongs all dominion, and power and authority on earth as it is in heaven.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
WholyFit Faculty and Instructors commit to the following statement of faith:
1. In the divine inspiration and final authority of the Bible as the Word of God;
2. In the eternal God revealed in Holy Scripture as Father, Son and Holy Spirit
3. In the unique Deity of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, whose death and resurrection provide by grace through faith the only means of my salvation;
4. In the transforming presence and power of the Holy Spirit
By publication of this statement, I affirm my faith in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and accept in full the Christian Medical and Dental Association’s (CMDA) Statement of faith and commit to conduct consistent with the high calling of a Christian according to the standards of Scripture.
Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) *
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) **
Health fitness specialists are qualified to work with special populations with medically controlled diseases who have been cleared by their physician for independent exercise. HFS is like an advanced Personal Trainer: those certified to design and implement exercise programs for apparently healthy individuals or those with controlled medical issues who have medical clearance to exercise.
**The American College of Sports Medicine is considered to be the “Gold Standard” of the fitness industry.
“I grew up in a church going family, believed in God, but had never heard about Jesus until I was a teen. A new pastor came to our church and I thought he had oily skin or something because his face seemed to shine. Now I know that was the light of Christ. He explained what he called “The Gospel in a Nutshell,” that Jesus died for all my sins – past, present and future – in order to bring me to God. I accepted Jesus and have enjoyed a personal relationship with God ever since. My relationship with Jesus helped me to slowly but surely recover from asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, Epstein – Barr virus infection, clinical depression, fear and debilitating anxiety.”
“I will boast in my weakness that Christ’s power may be evident in me.”
“At one point in my search to heal from chronic illness, I mistakenly sought out (and even taught) yoga and Tai Chi. When I pursued formal certification, I learned that the Yoga Alliance did not allow teachers or certification organizations to be registered unless they teach/study yoga scriptures and actually practice traditional “mantras, chanting and kriyas in a dedicated yoga environment.” I felt this infringed on my freedom of religion. Finally, when we were given prayer cards and instructed to chant in Sanskrit to “give your soul completely to Shiva” during yoga teacher training, I rejected both yoga and Tai Chi for good. From then on, I dedicated my time and energy to developing WholyFit, with a mind to come up with an alternative to yoga to be able to present a therapeutic, mind-body corrective exercise system to offer to others who are looking for a healthy way to exercise and manage stress.
After being struck down in her 30′s by chronic illness, Laura was able to return to teaching fitness classes after gradual healing through prayer and exercise. She began teaching gentle exercise and traditional fitness classes after the elders at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, GA prayed for her and she received gradual, miraculous healing. Once having only a “hard-body” mentality, Laura’s thinking about fitness was permanently changed, from a concentration on outward oriented goals to an inward focus on health. Her heart had changed, too. She has an emotional connection with her students that transforms Laura’s journey through physical weaknesses into her greatest strength.
Ms Monica trains and certifies Christians from all over the world to minister through WholyFit devotional exercise. Laura encourages Christian fitness professionals that teaching exercise classes is a ministry, whether it’s as a job in a secular health club or a volunteer activity for the local church. Laura has been employed by many health clubs including but not limited to 24 Hour Fitness, where she was a Mentor Instructor, and by the YMCA. She believes worship is a lifestyle that has no boundaries and that through both secular jobs or Christian ministries, fitness instructors can love and befriend people, in honor of Christ, in any environment. WholyFit communicates Laura’s passion for exercise and worship, as well as her desire to reach people with the Word of God at a practical level through daily activities.
Along with being a multiply certified fitness professional with over 30 years of experience, Laura is a follower of Jesus Christ, the Lord. She has been a worship leader and church soloist since she was 16 years old. As a homeschooler, Laura has been teaching the Bible, including scripture memorization, for 2 decades to her brood of children and over the last 8 or so years, to WholyFit instructors. Laura has traveled, moving many times with her family due to her husband’s job, but one stabilizing factor for her has been meeting new people through teaching exercise classes. Mind-body exercise is Laura’s specialty, but she also enjoys jogging and is an expert in many GROUP EXERCISE formats including but not limited to:
- Flexibility Training
- Step (Cardio on a platform)
- Strength Training in group exercise formats
- Cardio and strength training group exercise
- Strength Training with resistance equipment/machines
- Martial arts and dance type group exercise
- HFI ACSM -Certified Health and Fitness Instructor (AmericanCollege of Sports Medicine), 2003-Current #596391
- Chun Kuk Do Karate, Black Belt
- Certified Group Exercise Instructor – AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America)1986-present
- Certified Personal Trainer- ACE (American Council on Exercise)1991-1995
- Certified Group Exercise Instructor – ACE (American Counsel on Exercise) 1993-1995
- Certified Group Exercise Instructor – IDEA (International Dance Exercise Association)1986-1990
- Gold Certified Personal Trainer – IDEA (International Dance Exercise Association) 1990-1994
- CPR Certified, American Heart Association, current since 1980
- AAU Competitive Springboard Diver 1977-1979
Laura formally founded WholyFit, a Christian Mind-Body Fitness certification organization, under the eldership of WoodsEdge Community Church in the Woodlands, TX. WholyFit classes have been going strong there since sometime before 2006 and she continues ministering today at Calvary Chapel Nexus in Camarillo, CA. At Calvary Chapel Nexus Laura is a worship leader for children and completed the School of Ministry group course from her pastor, Bruce Zachary, to equip her for leadership, preaching and teaching. She recently completed Community Group Leader training with Pastor Roger Holcomb and has begun to integrate small group bible studies into WholyFit classes and train new instructors to teach the Discovery Bible Study Method.
Laura’s life verse is Is. 61:1-3 and believes it characterizes every Christian.
Corporate Manager/ Lead Trainer
Pam Collins is the Corporate Manager of WholyFit and is a gifted expert in business administration and publishing. She manages all the details of keeping WholyFit running. Pam is also a Diamond Certified WholyFit instructor, Lead WholyFit Trainer and Trainer of Trainers. Pam trained directly under Laura Monica and Leah Nelson from the very beginning of WholyFit and truly is able to transfer the heart and DNA of WholyFit to others. Pam now trains interns online and in person to become certified Silver instructors.
Pam has 3 decades of teaching experience as a credentialed High School teacher as well as a WholyFit Instructor (5 years) and uses her teaching and organizational expertise to make certification time-efficient and effective. Pam is also a nurturing and loving sister in the Lord with the gift of hospitality that is very welcoming and comforting to new instructors. Meet Pam in person when you sign up for certification!
- Bachelor of Science in Education
- 24 years’ teaching experience teaching grades 9-12
- Board of Education Certified Teacher
- WholyFit Diamond Certified Mentor Trainer
“I am one of the “grandmothers” of WholyFit and have been blessed to be part of WholyFit for over 7 years…In 2009, I retired from public school teaching after 24 years and became the Corporate Manager for WholyFit. I know that God was preparing me through my years of teaching desktop publishing, computer classes, and marketing in secondary education for my calling into the WholyFit ministry.”
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11 NIV)
As Corporate Manager, Pam manages the day-to-day operational details of WholyFit. In addition, she trains Silver Interns online and in person to become certified WholyFit instructors.
Pam says, “It is such a blessing to meet men and women who have been called by the Holy Spirit into this ministry and help prepare them to start WholyFit classes in their own areas. When we finally get to meet these wonderful people in person at a Gold Retreat, they have already become so dear and life-long bonds are created. It is such a joy to serve God through WholyFit, and I thank God for using this ministry to reach others for His kingdom.”
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 1 Thess. 5:23,24 KJV
OLIVER and CONNIE HAEDENER
WholyFit Board of Advisers/Keynote Speakers/Presenters/Co-founders
Oliver and Connie Haedener train instructors and are the Keynote Speakers at the “Yoga Vs. the Bible” Banquet at WholyFit Gold Retreats. They are the trusted advisors and go-to counselors for the WholyFit leadership.
Mr and Mrs Haedener are WholyFit International Master Instructors who have taught WholyFit in China, Hawaii and Europe.
Oliver says, “It is a privilege to observe how WholyFit unites individuals from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, through training and developing people in body, soul and spirit.”
Oliver and his wife Connie met and married in Hong Kong. They had the opportunity to travel to over 50 countries. As trained ballet dancers they performed on a diversity of stages, from grand theaters and TV programs to prison meeting halls and cobblestone town squares, expressing the message of redemption through dance and the performing arts. They are gifted in creating and executing large performing arts productions using all of the arts. In addition they have been teaching the inductive study method to WholyFit instructors at retreat, to international students and lay leaders around the world.
- WholyFit Diamond Certified Mentor Trainers
- International Dance Instructors (Classical Ballet, Lyrical Dance Choreographers, Producers)
- Inductive Study Curriculum Authors