Ashleigh Copeland

Hello! I am from a small town in south Mississippi; and though I was saved at an early age, my relationship with the Lord has grown into something very real and very humbling in the last decade. I believe that only when we’re able to see ourselves for the sinners we really are, can we truly know God and experience Him for who He truly is. Marriage and parenting have been at the very core of our sanctification, for sure. My husband and I met in 2002, when I was still in high school and married him in 2005. Twelve years, six deployments, two children and many moves later, here we are…in Okinawa, Japan.

The hardest part of being a Marine Corps spouse is looking for a new church home when we move every few years. In 2014, Josh and I surrendered our marriage to the Lord and began seeking His will for our life… in the church and in the Marine Corps. Like God does, He moved in our marriage and our hearts, paving the way for us. It was not free of pain and difficulties, but finding Pillar Church of Jacksonville, North Carolina was a blessing. It was there that I discovered my heart for the broken and began a ministry for women dancing in nightclubs. What I thought would be a project of sorts, turned into deep bonds of friendship, the transformation of my own heart for our Savior, and an ever-growing desire for these ladies to know the love of God. I was sad to leave them and the life God had made for us in the U.S. However, we trusted God’s sovereignty and knew that He must have work for us here in Okinawa, if we were being sent here. We were excited to learn of Pillar Okinawa and to be on mission with them. God has allowed us great opportunities for learning about Him, for drawing near to Him, for progressive sanctification, and for developing a deeply rooted, earnest desire to see God’s work transform the lives of others. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to serve Him through Pillar Oki and honored to share the message of His infinite grace with those He puts in our path. We are just sinners, thankful for our own salvation, and clumsily trying to live and love as Jesus did. We look forward to getting to know you and sharing a meal with you. Serving as a facilitator of family care for my brothers and sisters in Christ will be an amazing opportunity to grow my affections for and obedience to God. I look forward to helping in any way that I can. There’s always a place at our table for those in need!

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9