The History of Eleven28

Rhesa Higgins, founder

Rhesa Higgins was called into ministry at the age of 17 which led her to earn a degree from Abilene Christian University focusing on youth and family ministry.

Rhesa stumbled into the contemplative life by following the bread crumbs of God through a book, a Google search and a nun. She has chosen to follow the path that leads closer to experiencing the mystery that we have named God. She seeks to walk alongside others as they discern the crumbs laid out by God for them.

A Brief History

Founded by Rhesa in 2011 as the Center for Spiritual Formation, eleven28 received its 501(c)3 status in 2014.  Beginning that same year, the Lilly Foundation provided a $14,000 grant to eleven28 to begin what we came to call Covenant Groups, our most well-known offering.  Covenant Groups reached women in ministry around the United States from Washington State to Massachusetts to Florida to California.  Hundreds of women in churches, seminaries, and faith-based non-profits got to experience safe spaces to encounter God in new ways, share ministry wisdom and wounds with other women, and build lasting friendships.  

In 2018, eleven28 began expanding its efforts by hiring Trey Finley as its executive director.  Through Trey’s leadership, eleven28 became a nationally-recognized non-profit that partnered with other like-minded organizations such as Missio Alliance, the Post-Evangelical Collective, SheLeads, The Apprentice Gathering at Friends University, and more.  

In 2022, eleven28’s board of directors and its two full-time staff members discerned that its season was closing.  After much prayer, heartache, and hope, each person knew it was time for the non-profit to give way so that something new might be born.  

Now, eleven28 exists as a hub for those needing resources for soul care, whether it be their own or for those they care for.  Please check out the site to see if our resources can be of benefit to you.