Meet Dr. Carla Ludwig

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Dr. Carla Engel Ludwig

Author. Speaker. Non-Profit Visionary.

Dr. Carla Ludwig is a non-profit executive, author and speaker. She is the founder of Hope for Single Moms, a faith-based non-profit moving single mom families from poverty to prosperity by removing the barriers single moms have to getting a career education. Carla has served as a nonprofit leader for years, giving people the opportunity to make the world a better place. She did this while raising six children, who all currently reside outside of Michigan.

Carla has developed two resources to help single moms and their children thrive.  “Why? for single moms” is a bible study written specifically with the single mom in mind to find healing and peace in the difficult circumstances of life. It is written to be presented at a church or pregnancy care center single mom support group. Discover Your Career helps single moms determine an educational path to financial stability. It can be done on your own, with a mentor or in a group setting.


Carla Ludwig
Carla and John Ludwig

Speaking Topics:

For Churches: A Christ-Centered Approach to Helping Single Moms

Do you have single moms in your church? Are you unsure of their needs, how to best help them?                                Single parents are a growing segment of our population. Nearly half live at or below poverty. Learn how you, as a ministry leader or pastor, can come alongside these families.

For Churches or Pregnancy Care Centers: A Dream Session

Hope for Single Moms helps single moms determine their interests, set motivation goals with a Dream (vision) board, and make them aware of the avenues of career education that are available. $50 donation to Hope for Single Moms.

For Pregnancy Care Center Staff and Volunteer Enrichment

  • Session One: Finding true love!

Our desire for love is often sought from other people. But people often disappoint us. There is one Person, Jesus, Who will never disappoint you. Using circles, you can share The Fall and God’s unconditional love and gift of redemption in as little as 10 minutes

  • Session Two: Religion or a Relationship?

Have you ever had a client say life doesn’t look a lot different now than before salvation? Or, what about the client who says she’s tried religion and it just isn’t working for her?  How do you share the abundant life in Christ and how to have joy during difficult circumstances?

  • Session Three: What do you have in common with Kate Middleton?

Just like Kate Middleton went from commoner to royalty, we, too, go from commoner to royalty when we become children of God. $25 each or all 3 for $60 donation to HSM

Banquet or Conference Speaker

Whether  you run a women’s ministry, organizing a conference or fundraiser, Carla has a message of hope for all, no matter  how  difiicult circumstances. Carla shares her journey from learning her daughter was going to be a single mom to how that led her to start Hope for Single Moms. Banquet fee is $250 plus travel expenses outside of West Michigan. The speaking fee supports single mom families.


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B.S. Degree in Zoology – University of Michigan

D.D.S. Degree – University of Michigan School of Dentistry

After working as a dentist and starting and building a practice with her husband, Dr. Ludwig retired from dentistry after having her fourth child in four years. Three years later she added two more children.


Continuing Education

​Johnson Center for Philanthropy – Non-profit classes

Certified in Exchanged Life Disciplining – May, 2016.

This training allows Carla to counsel the clients who are interested in becoming a Christian , finding their true identity as God’s child and healing from their past.


Ongoing Work

Local PAC for RLM.

GRRTL Alternatives luncheon attendee

Life Center Development committee

Operations and Marketing Director for Life-Centered Dentistry.



Life Achievement Award from Right to Life of Michigan

Volunteer Award from the Grand Rapids Ballet

Bernie Berg Memorial Celebration of Life Award​ from Life Matters Worldwide

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Don’t Miss Jesus

In this time of uncertainty, it's easy to be afraid of many things. The following has excerpts from our bible study, Why? for Single Moms. Are you familiar with the story about Jesus walking on water? His followers were in a boat when a big storm started. He was on...

Brunch canceled

Brunch canceled

Our Second Annual Celebrating Courageous Moms brunch, scheduled for May 2, 2020, has been canceled due to the quarantine. Hope for Single Moms will miss seeing all of you and celebrating the hard work our single moms have been doing this past year. If  you haven't...

Don’t be Z!

Don’t be Z!

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