empowering sons and daughters
One family INSPIRING many TOward WHOLENESS
Jonathan and Melissa Helser are passionate lovers of Jesus and believers in people. They live in the woods of Sophia, North Carolina with their two children, Cadence and Haven, and their two labradoodles, Solomon and Ruby. The name Helser means people of the woods and this family loves to savor life by exploring the woods around their home together – frequently taking hikes, packing picnics and going on adventures to the creek. Their mission as a family is to live from a place of wholeheartedness, fully connected to the Holy Spirit and to each other. They long to empower those they encounter with the truth that Jesus died to be with us, living inside of us, and is the One who affects every area of our daily lives, whether it is in the hidden way they manage their lives and homes to the more visible way they lead the church into the presence of God.
18 INCH JOURNEY
In addition to leading worship and the Cageless Birds collective, Jonathan and Melissa give the majority of their year to discipleship. One of their strongest desires is to see the children of God walking in the fullness of their identities and building strong, sustainable friendships with the Holy Spirit that will continue to serve them their whole lives. In 2007, Jonathan and Melissa hosted their first discipleship school called the 18 Inch Journey, named for the distance between the head and the heart. These schools center around three things that the Helsers and the Cageless Birds are pursuing year-round: Discipleship, Creativity and Community. In the last decade, the 18 Inch Journey has grown beyond just a two-month school and now includes a first and second year school, camps and retreats. The Helsers’ heart is that these schools would empower everyone who participates to live their life as a powerful person, connected to their heart and dependent on the Holy Spirit.
Jonathan and Melissa love the global church and love getting to lead worship around the world. They have been writing and recording music for thirteen years, and their first album, The Awakening, was released in 2005. Since then, the Helsers have released eight albums, including their most recent project, Beautiful Surrender in partnership with the Bethel Music Collective. Jonathan and Melissa teamed up with Bethel Music in 2014 and have been featured on various Bethel Music albums such as Have It All (“Thank You”), We Will Not Be Shaken (“No Longer Slaves”), and Starlight(“Catch the Wind”). They enjoy traveling internationally where they’ve consistently participated in events like International Bethel Tours, David’s Tent and Big Church Day Out. Jonathan and Melissa long to see a generation encounter the love of God, and their music reflects their desire for the Earth to look just like Heaven.
Jonathan and Melissa are passionate about building the Kingdom family through intentional discipleship. In 2013 they founded a community of artisans known as the Cageless Birds. The mission of the Cageless Birds is to craft songs, art and goods that carry the gospel message through their excellence and beauty. Jonathan and Melissa lead this collective not only by speaking into the projects they produce, but also through intentional friendship and consistent discipleship. More than raising up artists, Jonathan and Melissa are raising up confident sons and daughters. Jonathan says, “Our measuring stick for success is how much family is being produced in a ministry. The more Heaven comes to Earth, the more Earth will look like family.” This is the Helsers’ aim in ministry.