About Defining Purpose


Defining Purpose was founded in 2018 with a mission to help women by encouraging and equipping them to make a difference in their relationships, churches, communities and the world.

Meet our Founder

My name is Kelly Rader and I am the founder and operator of Defining Purpose. I have been involved in women’s ministry my whole adult life and I love it!

Why am I doing this?

I believe in women! I believe Women’s Ministry is vital to the local church! I believe that women need good theology and need to be discipled. I believe women are hungry for true, meaningful connection in this culture where social media disguises itself as means for relationship. I believe women’s ministry can meet the longing women have for true connection. I believe women are strong influences in raising children, in their marriages, in the community, in the marketplace, in their churches and in the world! I believe that women need other women to do life with, throughout all stages of life.

“A healthy women’s ministry in the local church is a key part of vibrant church life. For many reasons, when Women’s ministry is going well, it is a significant influence to the health of the entire church. ” Gerry Teichrob, Director of Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry

With more than half the church being women, and the majority of church volunteers beings women, I believe women have the influence to make or break a church. If women in the church get motivated for a cause, the world better watch out! Please don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe women are better then men, I just believe we play a unique role.

From “Why Every Church Will Always Need a Women’s Ministry” “Women’s ministry in the church has always been about knowing God and knowing His word, sharing the gospel with the needy and broken, and caring about the welfare of the country in which one lives. Women’s Ministry is here to stay, and for that, I am grateful to God.” (Biola University site author Nell Sunukjian – May 1,2014)

I am passionate about encouraging women to live out their calling and passion, to make a difference in their churches and communities, and to make this world a better place!

Defining Purpose was birthed to bring together tools and training I have developed to equip women to fulfill their unique purpose to make the world a better place, and  to strengthen women’s ministry in order to strengthen the church, which can impact the community and the world.

What do I Bring:

  • I am a Certified Life Coach through Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching
  • I was Pastor of Women’s Ministry for 5 years at Yarrow Alliance Church
  • I have a Foundations for Ministry Certificate through Ambrose University
  • I have a Provincial Instructor’s Diploma (Adult Education)
  • I have been married over 27 years and Dave and I raised three great children
  • Training women speakers, organizing conferences and events for women, running and attending bible studies, being part of women’s ministry leadership teams, and speaking to women’s groups across Canada for over 18 years
  • I was a Member of C&MA District WM team for 4 years
  • I am a curriculum writer/ speaker/teacher for Gifted for Purpose and First Step Workshops
  • I created and ran Mentoring of Mother’s Society (for 10 years), a registered charity focused on parenting, marriage and women’s issues
  • I relate to women and their struggles. Within my family I have experience with issues such as cancer, divorce, abuse, depression and other mental illness, suicide, infidelity, drug abuse, alcoholism, narcissism and abandonment