Meet Our Team
Missy Freehling - Executive Director
I am the founder of Raise Up for Christ, Inc. This ministry is a calling that God has placed on my life. It was given to me in a vision in 2011, which became a reality in June of 2015. I am so honored and privileged to be a part of these children's lives. I desired to have children for many years; however, God had a better plan. I get to love each one of the children that attend Raise Up, as if they were my own. I love teaching them about Jesus and watching them learn and grow! God has been so faithful in leading the way and providing for this ministry. I am excited to see what else He has in store!! I have a wonderful husband Chris and my one and only fur child Chase. In our free time, we love to swim and camp.
Treva Doctor - Curriculum Coordinator
My name is Treva Doctor and I live in Harlan with my amazing husband Gerry and our three beautiful children Ethan, Mason and Luke. I taught preschool for ten years before joining the Raise Up family. Along with teaching at Raise Up, I am an active member and the nursery director at our church. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my boys, gardening and reading a good book. My joy and love of teaching children has lead me to have the incredible opportunity to create the curriculum for our program. I could not be more blessed to have this chance, and I hope to make a positive impact on each of the children in my care. I love that I get to be a part of so many children’s lives, and teach them, not only academics, but the love of Jesus Christ. I absolutely love what I do! The children bring a smile to my face every time I walk into the door. Every hug, every smile, every loving word from a child means so much to me, and I hope to bring Christ’s love to all those I meet.
Shonda Eicher - Blossoms 1
I have the privilege of spending my day with our infants! I've worked in childcare since 2014 mainly with infants and toddlers. I worked at 1 daycare prior to Raise Up. Growing up I was the only child but I spent a lot of time with my cousins and their children. I got married in 2015 to my husband Tanner. We have a German Shepherd Kaiya. We are also Sunday School Teachers to the 1st & 2nd graders at our Church, The Ekklesia in Harlan. We love spending time with family and friends.
Alyssa Gingerich - Assistant Director
My name is Alyssa Gingerich. I have worked at Raise Up for 2 years. Before Raise Up, I worked at Little Blessings Daycare for 2 years and then was a nanny for a year and a half. I nannied for a missionary couple in Cambodia who had twin boys. I've known for a very long time that I was called to work with children. God has given me a passion for children and helping them grow and learn both physically and spiritually. I also studied Early Childhood education for a year at Ivy Tech and am thankful for the knowledge I gained there. I enjoy photography, playing piano, and spending time with my family and friends!
Riana Yoder - Blossoms 2
I live in Hicksville Ohio with my parents. I have 2 brothers and 4 sisters. I also have 5 nephews and 2 nieces and I love to spend time with them when I can. I attend the Hicksville Mennonite Church and I really enjoy being a part of the worship team. Every month we provide a free community meal, that I enjoy helping with and being a part of. Some things I enjoy doing outside of work are traveling, being with family, art, music, and gardening. Childcare has always been a passion for me. I was a self-employed childcare provider or many years and worked at one other daycare prior to Raise Up. I felt the call of God to take a break from childcare for awhile. During that time He lead me to serve as a secretary for a prison ministry for 2 years. After returning home, while I was looking for another job, a good friend told me about Raise Up. I've been working here since!
Alyson Miller - Food Service
My name is Alyson Miller! I’m one of the one year old teachers and I get to help make the meals for all the children and staff! I love both of my positions here at Raise Up! I graduated from Woodlan High School in 2014. I graduated from Ivy Tech in 2017 with a degree in Culinary Arts. I am currently doing online school at IU East to receive my Bachelors in Business Administration. I love volunteering to work with children at my church, hanging out with my family and dogs. And I love traveling!
Rebekah Graber - Seedlings 1
I've worked with children over the last several years during our church's Leaders Alive Conference. During that time I realized that I really enjoy working with children. I love seeing them smile and laugh as they have fun playing and learning. I believe that's what made me want to work at Raise Up, to be able to work with kids and see them smile, laugh, and just have fun. I'm very happy to be able to work with the kids at Raise Up.
Brooke Jackson - Blossoms 2
Brianna Brown - Saplings 2
My name is Brianna Miller and I graduated in 2015 from Harlan Christian School. I have had the privilege of working in childcare for the past three years with a focus on preschool and school age education. I enjoy every moment of time that I can spend with those that mean the most to me; especially my family, friends and my boyfriend of two years, Thomas. I am an active member of the Woodburn Missionary Church, and an avid foodie! I love trying new foods and eating at various restaurants. I also enjoy bonfires, fishing, and shopping! My hope for the children at Raise Up is that I can provide for them the greatest quality of care and education possible. It has been a blessing to work with so many wonderful children and parents. I hope to always be a window of Christ’s love for the children in my care and that through me they will come to know the love of our Savior.
Anastasia Millet- Seedlings 2
Sarah Miser- Seedlings 1
Andrew Miller- Food Service
Brieanna Moehnke- Saplings 1