Welcome to Above & Beyond Midlife!


My name is Elizabeth Duncan Stretar, but I go by “Betsy” to most everyone I know. I’m a fly-writer of sorts, and Above and Beyond Midlife is the place where I live my crazy, empty-nest, mid-life life, out loud.

I’m a wife, mother of eight, and grammie to lots of littles and bigs. I’m a trained seamstress that dreamed in my early years about becoming a Fashion Designer. Yeah, that didn’t happen. However, I did start my own home dec consultanting /decorating business while raising my brood of eight, until God called me into full-time ministry as a nonprofit director. I had the priveledge of starting a ministry for teen moms in Cleveland, Ohio and then serving as Young Life’s First National Director to oversee the foundational growth of YoungLives, that now serves teen moms world-wide.

After leaving the non-profit world in 2006, I completed my MA degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, worked as a college advisor, until 2012. Then, at the ripe age of 52, I became a main line flight attendant. (Who does that?)

In 2008, My husband and I started a non-profit called LeaderWithin (leaderwithin.org) to help others discover more of who they can become by leading from within. Together, we have led several workshops for churches, youth organziations, and students of all ages. 

In 2016 I became a published author. My book, Acorn Gert and Brother Bert was written from a deep passion I have to help other discover, uncover and grow into becoming all God created them to be.

While I may have worn many hats in my life, my greatest joy comes from knowing that I’m a loved child of God.

Without God’s kind intervention, I know for certain that I would never have experienced the Above and Beyond kind of life that I am living.

It’s all his amazing grace!

(You can read more of My Story here)

We are more than what we do.

Midlife is a season of life when a lot of transition seems to come into play.

Kids leave home, our physical bodies start to freak out and do crazy things, careers often shift, life roles change, etc.  As we begin to shed these various roles and titles, face the fact that times are a-changin’ and time is a-wastin’, and enter into this new season called midlife (empty nest for those with kids) that God begins the transforming work of re-shaping our identity, worth, and calling so that we enter this season of life with a renewed sense of purpsoe and calling.

Eph 1:11-12

This “Above and Beyond Midlife” kind-of-life is ours for the taking.

I invite you to join me in the journey of discovering more of who God made YOU to be. You are first and foremost a child of Creator God.  The rest…is about the unique person he created you to become and discovering your place in the world to live that out.

There’s much to discover! Are you ready to soar with me?  Then please do so by subscribing to my email list. I’m excited to get to know you and grow with you.

Elizabeth Duncan Stretar (Betsy)