Paula McDade is a speaker, author, CEO and founder of Captured and Crowned. Though she has been in ministry since a young age, as she has continued to grow and evolve as a person in her relationship with God, He continues to use her in different ways. Captured and Crowned is a ministry that promotes and empowers women who have experienced life-altering events, such as abuse or trauma, featuring inspiring stories, information, and resources to help women find their Christ-centered value.
Captured and Crowned began as a small mentoring group in 2004 at a middle school as “Sista Circle,” a safe place where girls could come to talk through life and tough circumstances. Over the past 11 years, Sista Circle grew to Captured and Crowned, from a few girls to girls around the world, from a few girls to hundreds around the world, and growing their focus to women and girls who have dealt with painful issues such as abuse and trauma. Through events, conferences, retreats, and workshops, Captured and Crowned is reaching women across the globe, aiming to see no woman, no girl left behind.
Paula’s work in the community and in the church has worked together to shape her passion of helping others. Her main focus of Captured and Crowned is to ensure that women have a safe place to come and to access the care and community that they need.
Paula has recently published the Captured and Crowned Devotional helping women find their identity as God’s Daughter. Simple, brief readings fit perfectly into your busy schedule, and the journal pages can be used to jot down your thoughts and breakthroughs. You can also get a free 7-day sample of the devotional through the Youversion Bible App.
Paula has found encouragement in people’s responses: an email or text message letting her know how they have been touched by what she has done. “Everyone needs encouragement,” Paula says, “so when someone takes the time to share how they have been impacted by something I have said or done, that is priceless to me.”
Her biggest challenge? Overcoming her own fears and insecurities.
“When you know that people are watching and looking at everything you do and say, it is a scary thing. Putting myself out on a public platform to be seen and scrutinized is a huge leap of faith for me. Although I have been involved in music ministry and sang on major stages, given many presentations in front of large audiences, I never lose that sense of nervousness. I think it’s a good thing because it keeps me dependent on God for the results.”
Paula has seen her ministry grow from Sista Circle to Captured and Crowned, and hopes that her ministry will become a global force to prepare women for abundant and bold living. “I want women from around the world to be able to gain the courage to share their stories, come out of the shadows and heal. Community is the safest place to do that, and for me I think building that safe community, promoting the things that really cause transformation is key. I’d like to become a household name so that when people think of ministries that bring light and healing they think of Captured and Crowned.”
Paula’s Advice To You
“Don’t get caught up in all of the little details and forget the true essence of why you do what you do. I think it’s easy to get caught up in the administrative stuff and forget people. At the end of the day, you’re here to serve people. In serving people, we also get a measure of growth and blessing that we can’t get any other way. Everyone is blessed!
The journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step. If you have a dream, vision or goal, trust God and step out on faith. There will never be the perfect conditions, so you may as well be bold and just do it!”