Executive Director


Denise Shick is the founder and executive director of Help 4 Families Ministry. She is the author of four children’s books and several nonfiction books, including My Daddy’s Secret, Understanding Gender Confusion—A Faith-Based Perspective, and Transgender Confusion—A Biblical Q&A for Families. She is an ordained minister and has a BA in psychology. She is a certified life coach through ICCI.
She has been interviewed on several faith-based radio and television programs. She is also a conference speaker and presents workshops on gender identity dysphoria and its impact on families.

Denise has led church-based support groups for people with sexual addictions and has assisted groups in an alcohol and substance abuse clinic. She served seven years in a Christian pregnancy center in several roles and implemented an abstinence program, for which she was the director.
Carol Wagstaff is the Founder of Living Stones Ministries, a ministry for families with issues of homosexuality. Carol served as Executive Director for 20 years.  In December of 1996, she resigned her position on the pastoral team of First Church of the Nazarene, Pasadena, California, (a 3,000 member church) to begin this unique ministry.     While on the pastoral staff, she developed a presentation on the New Age Movement, which she presented across the United States in various workshops and conferences.
While in Women’s Ministries, she developed a series entitled “Called to Be Free” for women with issues of abuse and co-dependency. Her most recent work is a booklet entitled “Homosexuality: A Path to Understanding.” A teacher of adult Sunday School classes and Bible studies for many years, she enjoys speaking to various groups as her time permits.  
A native Ohioan, Carol graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois, with a B.A. degree in English and Speech. Included in her honors at graduation were “Outstanding Citizenship Award”, as well as “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.” She completed her Master’s Degree in Faith and Culture through Trinity Law and Graduate School in Santa Ana, CA. Carol is a certified bereavement facilitator, an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, and has taken coaching training through Transformational Leadership Coaching.   

Carol spent four years in public school teaching and holds a life teaching credential from the State of Missouri. In addition to her twenty years in the ministry, Carol’s other work experiences include: owner/developer of a Christian bookstore, advertising writer, co-developer of a healthcare corporation, administrator of a counseling center and a private investigator.    

Carol is a mother and grandmother and enjoys reading, and writing. In addition, she holds a private pilot’s license and enjoys flying whenever possible.