Who we Are

The Cageless Birds is a missional community founded by Jonathan and Melissa Helser. We live and work on 52 acres of land located in Sophia, North Carolina. Our ministry is dedicated to seeing hearts liberated by the love of God. We host worship gatherings and lead discipleship schools, retreats and camps for all ages known as the 18 Inch Journey. As a creative community we are devoted to wholehearted living and cultivating the arts through: writing books, recording original music, handcrafting leather goods and pottery, roasting coffee and creating visual art. All of the proceeds from these products enable us to continue leading schools and discipling hearts. Thank you for supporting the Cageless Birds.

To learn more about the Cageless Birds staff, click here.

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our annual showcase


Come join us for dinner, our gallery showing & worship

The Cageless Birds are excited to announce our second annual showcase! You are invited to come to our ministry, A Place for the Heart, located in Sophia, NC, to enjoy an amazing dinner, engage a beautiful time of worship, and view our curated gallery - filled with our staff and student's visual art.


The Cageless Birds have five creative departments within the collective. Each of these departments and brands are dedicated to quality product that inspires beauty and intentionality in your every day life. Our brands include: Cultivate, a devotional designed to inspire daily connection with God, Maker Coffee, a small-batch roasting company that provides quality, flavorful coffee to fuel creativity, Cageless Birds Music Studio,  dedicated to releasing authentic worship albums, a handcrafted leather goods department that produces one-of-a-kind journals, wallets and handbags, and a ceramics studio that creates unique and functional ceramic ware for the home.

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"He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners."

— Isaiah 61:1