Meet the ministry leaders working behind the scenes to further the mission of Paradosi!
Jeff has been a lifelong artist, entrepreneur, and devout follower of Christ. He joined Paradosi in January of 2012 as a volunteer filling needs within the ministry as the Creative Director and Director of Operations before being offered the position of Executive Director in late 2015. While serving in a Christian ballet company is the last place that Jeff thought that he would end up, he knows that this is exactly where he is supposed to serve. All of his seemingly unrelated life experiences in the arts, business, and ministry did not make sense until he began his service with Paradosi where these skills have been put to use in one place for the glory of God. Jeff loves this ministry and seeing how the Lord uses the testimonies and artistry of its members to reach the lost through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jeff's heart is to see Paradosi being used to reach the lost, encourage believers, and to build up the next generation of artists in the hopes that they will use their gifts to glorify God. Jeff is excited for the future and seeing how the Lord will continue to use this ministry to grow His kingdom!
Larissa joined Paradosi Ballet Company in the Fall of 2011 as the ministries first Trainee. During her early years with the ministry she was taken under the wing of the ministries founder, Tennille Carver, who mentored and encouraged her growth as an artist, a leader, and in her spiritual walk. Over the years Larissa's passion for the Lord and using dance in ministry has only continued to grow. Even through difficult seasons, injuries, and heartache God continued to develop Larissa as a leader and used her to serve in various capacities within the ministry first as the Trainee Rehearsal Director, then Discipleship Director, and for a season as the Trainee Director.
In the Fall of 2018, the board appointed Larissa as the ministries Director where she continues to pour into the lives of those in her care. Larissa's heart in serving as the Director is to draw out the gifts and talents of the members of the ministry so that they may grow those gifts and use them for the glory of God in order that they may reach more for Him!
Tabitha joined Paradosi in the Fall of 2011 and has played a key role in the ongoing operation of the ministry ever since. During Tabi's time with the ministry she has put on many hats from serving as our School Principal, Trainee Director, one of our key choreographers, and now as our Ballet Mistress. Tabi has poured countless hours into the ministry, our trainees, and students helping them to develop the skills necessary to become beautiful artist while nurturing their relationships with the Lord. Tabi is a blessing to us all and we could not be where we are as a ministry without her passion and dedication to what we are called to do for the Christ!
At an early age God implanted a love for dance in Skylar's heart. While pursuing dance, God developed inspiration and passion within her for using dance in worship. Skylar joined Paradosi as a Trainee and was quickly rose to become a valued member of the ministry serving as a Company Artist and Choreographer before retiring from dancing in the Fall of 2019. Skylar continues to serve in the ministry sharing her talent as a choreographer and as a member of the ministries Trainee Faculty pouring into the lives of our next generation of dancers.