About Nadine

Nadine Raphael

Nadine grew up in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of 3 children during the drug infested years of the 80’s. She became a gang member by the age of 14, a mother by 18 and by the age of 21 she was sentenced to almost six years in federal
prison. While prison was dark, harsh and cold, it was there within the confines of gray concrete cells and orange prison jumpsuits where she would find a new perspective on life.

Although her years in prison proved difficult, she overcame many obstacles which led her to become a GED instructor, start a prison-wide newsletter, and graduating college with a degree in Business Administration, all while serving a prison
sentence. In prison, she realized that the greatest obstacle she would need to overcome was not her abusive childhood or the injustice of a prison sentence for a crime she did not commit, but her greatest obstacle was herself. Her view of self
and life’s challenges were blocking her from experiencing a life of meaning and purpose. When she did overcome these inner obstacles, she soon discovered that the perception of life’s challenges are often a greater threat to our lives than the
challenge itself. She finds great fulfillment in inspiring people to see their purpose in the midst of life’s challenges and finding opportunities in every obstacle.

Nadine is the Chief Operations Officer for Christian Life Center, Fort Lauderdale. She lives in Florida with her husband of 14 years and their three kids. She enjoys speaking, mentoring, family vacations and curling up on a couch with a good book.