About Crystal

“I am the mother of 5 wonderful children and stay busy mothering and homeschooling them. I find it funny when people suggest that Grace Based Discipline is something only parents of one easy child can do. Throughout this site, you will learn about the Lutton family and some of the unique challenges we have faced (for example, learning of our Celiac diagnosis and having to change our entire diet) and you can rest assured that every tool shared here is tried and true and works in practice.”

After earning her Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2000, Crystal has gone on to author 2 books: Biblical Parenting and Grace Based Living. She is the founder of the Arms of Love Family Fellowship, a ministry devoted to mentoring moms and dads in a positive discipline approach called Grace Based Discipline.

Theologically conservative*, Crystal is Senior Pastor at Shema Congregation, a Messianic Church of the Nazarene congregational plant that strives to understand and embrace the Hebraic roots of the Christian faith.

Crystal also serves as a life coach encouraging parents in their pursuit of discipline through relationship and working with couples on marriage and family dynamics. She is available in person, over the phone and on-line through e-mail.  Her private counseling sessions are offered on a sliding scale, and many hours of counseling time are also donated through the ministry Arms of Love Family Fellowship, because Crystal believes all parents need access to help regardless of their finances.

*The Statements of Faith Crystal agrees with can be found from these organizations:

Fuller Theological Seminary

Church of the Nazarene

Messianic Jewish Alliance of America