About Us

Paul and Nancy are the founders and directors of the Esther Arise Movement.

Paul and Nancy Knopp met at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. Paul is from Virginia and Nancy is from Ontario, Canada. They have both been in leadership with local churches, movements, campuses, and praying communities for over 20 years.

Paul and Nancy are called to raise up the body of Christ who will stand as watchmen and watchwomen on the wall of intercession and be voices in the nations for righteousness and truth. The desire of the Lord's heart for the body of Christ to be released and be set free from bondage in this hour is critical to the fullness of what God is doing in the earth and how He is making His bride ready for the return of Jesus.

Nancy is the author of Activating Esthers , which empowers and releases women to be activated in their callings and purposes for such a time as this.

Paul and Nancy love the word of God, worship, coffee dates, biking, and their family. They reside in Raleigh, North Carolina, and have two sons.

Our Mission

It is our desire to equip and activate you to know who you are in your identity as a daughter, to see you

rise in your calling as the Bride of Jesus Christ, by taking action to fulfill your promises and dreams.


This is the hour that women are RISING UP to do what they were created and called to do for such a time as this. They are rising up to be queens, prepared as a pure and spotless bride ready for their bridegroom, Jesus Christ’s return. They are rising up from the wilderness leaning on Him. They are rising to be a voice in this hour. They are rising up out of shame, defeat, and fear to step into the fullness of their destinies. This is the hour to come out of hiding to rise and shine.


Esthers are ACTIVATED to overcome every obstacle! They pass the tests, persevere, and are set free, healed, and delivered. They prepare in the wilderness seasons, and spend time with Jesus in the secret place of prayer and intercession. Esthers cry and intercede together in the courtroom of heaven for the greatest harvest we have ever seen. They expose wickedness and are a voice for righteousness. This includes being a voice for children, the vulnerable, and the unborn. Esthers will open their mouth and expose deception in the nations.


Esthers are women who take ACTION laying down their life for Jesus in sharing the gospel and saving a people group. Esthers voluntarily and willingly obey Jesus and love him wholeheartedly. Esthers take ACTION even when faced with loss or death. They do not shrink back. They will boldly stand for righteousness and justice. Esthers birth God’s promises and dreams.

Meet The Team

  • Nancy Knopp
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    Founder and Director of Esthers Arise

    Nancy Knopp is the founder and director of Esthers Arise movement.  This ministry empowers women to rise up, get activated and take action for such a time as this.  


    Nancy Knopp has been in leadership with local churches, movements, campuses, and praying communities for over 20 years.


    For over a decade, Nancy has worked with the body of Christ as a natural health doctor and minister.    Nancy is anointed to preach the gospel, heal the sick, prophesy, and pray for cities and nations.

  • Paul Knopp
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    Development Director, Esthers Arise

    Paul Knopp is the development director of Esthers Arise movement.  This ministry is calling women to arise, get activated, and take action for such a time as this. 

    Paul has led many prayer and prophetic ministries for decades and served as a chaplain in the Navy where he got his degree.

    Paul is an entrepreneurial business father who mentors the next generation in Christ and has a heart for men and women to fulfill their calling.  

  • Leanne Naff
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    Worship Intercessory Director

    LeAnne is a prophetic worshiper, speaker, and author who is called to establish houses of prayer reflecting the harp and bowl model described in Revelation 5:8 to fuel the worship and prayer movement in the earth, to be a voice for the voiceless, and to partner with the Lord in preparing the Bride for the Lord’s return.


    LeAnne is passionate about seeing the brokenhearted restored and empowering women to step into the fulfillment of their purpose and destiny as Daughters of the King.


    LeAnne lives in Henry, VA, loves strong coffee, laughter, journaling, prayer retreating, creating music, and writing songs for her Beloved.


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