I was truly just looking for a place to take refuge while focusing on my passion for fashion, fitness, & faith (F3), but a place where there was no judgment. I was hoping to find a place where I could simply be the me that included all my imperfections and all my insecurities and still find a place of peace.
Initially I thought I could hide all of my insecurities in my for love F3, but it was during this journey that God showed me I could use my passions to encourage, inspire & promote others to become their best selves!
It was, during my journey to discover self-esteem and love of self that I came to realize that while I am imperfect I am perfectly made in God’s eyes. And from this place, Not Your Average Church Lady was birthed.
Rhea, founder of NYACL has been married to her husband, Ricky for 12 years. Altogether the couple parent & co-parent 5 growing sons. Natives of Syracuse, NY, the Parks have been members of The Promise Land Church (TPLC) since 2009 under the covering of the dynamic Pastor Erik Brian Eure & Co Pastor Twiggy Meshele Eure. Rhea preached her initial sermon "From Flustered to Praise" on September 28th 2018 to become an ordained minister at TPLC.
Rhea holds masters degrees in Sports Administration (Canisius College) & Marriage & Family Therapy (Syracuse University), as well as, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice & Sociology from Canisius College. Working as a Marriage & Family Therapist Rhea has had the privilege of providing consultant work to community organizations, Brady Faith Center, Southwest Community Center, & Meachum Elementary School.