Jennifer Woodall, Executive Director
I once heard someone say “We may feel helpless but we are never hopeless.” In life we experience trials, many that are unexpected. As Christians, it is our responsibility to help those in need. I can remember a time in my life where I too was in an unexpected situation that I could not see a way out of until I had people come along side to help guide me. In Proverbs 3:6, it states “in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path.” Over the past few years, God has taken my past experiences to help better equip me to serve people. He takes our fears and turns them into confidence. As a single mother, my life mission is to empower women to choose life in unplanned pregnancies. I know the odds I have defied and I believe God has placed me in a position to be able to show women of our community how they can do the same. He has given me an amazing platform by transforming my story into my ministry. I love to serve people and I am so passionate about showing women how they can walk in peace and confidence; even in the midst of unexpected situations.
Debi McLendon, Advancement Manager
Hi, I’m Debi McLendon. I am a senior at ABAC majoring in Diversified Ag. I recently came to the Pregnancy Care Center. I am new to Tifton, and loving every minute of it. I attend New Life Presbyterian Church where I am the Women’s Event Coordinator. I am an avid equestrian. I am very excited to be a part of the ministry of the Pregnancy Care Center. My favorite verse is Philippians 4:13 because it encompasses the gospel beautifully to me. This verse means to me that Christ has come in to me, so I need not put worry into the world, but faith in Him. I am so excited to see what God has in store for this ministry.
Amanda Dees, Patient Resource Manager
I am so blessed to have joined the ministry at Women’s First Choice Medical Center. Coming from a womb that was barren, being born prematurely and being told by doctors that it would be a miracle if I lived past 12 hours- the emphasis on celebrating LIFE has been great! Every day at Women’s First Choice Medical we have the opportunity to celebrate each life brought before us. I have given many years of my life to prayer for the ending of abortion and for the women at risk. To now have the opportunity to put a face with those I have lifted to heaven is beyond words.
One thing that holds me steady through life’s trials and test is His unconditional love. No matter where we run or try to hide His love is steadfast. While praying about serving here I felt the Lord over and over confirm to me that my personal aim in life and in this ministry, is to love His people unconditionally. His unconditional love is what these women need to find during this time of their life.
I love the last five words of our mission statement which says, “transforming their fear into confidence.” We find in scripture that God’s perfect love cast out fear. I am here to listen, support and to show unconditional love to each patient that I see. I fully believe that abortion will end in my generation, with loving each miracle in front of me one at a time. Looking forward to serving this ministry with you!
Jessica Poole, Nurse Manager
The phrase “God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called” could not fit my journey at the Pregnancy Care Center more perfectly. As a cardiology nurse for the past 12 years I never would have imagined I would be placed in a position such as this. In January 2013 I found myself between nursing contracts and with a lot of time on my hands. Sanctity of Life Sunday rolled around and I felt God calling me to do something! I spoke with and met the staff at the PCC and began volunteering once a week at the center. Not having my own post abortive story, I realized how naïve I was about the realities of what is happening in our world and right here in my community. My eyes were opened and God gave me a heart for this mission and for these women. In September of 2013, and through circumstances that could only be seen as His plan for my life, I came to be the Nurse Manager here at the center. It has been a humbling, heart breaking, but very rewarding experience. I am very excited to see what the Lord has in store for this center and the women we serve.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20
Shannon Ross, Volunteer
I am so honored to be in the pregnancy care center and to use my nursing skills to minister to these women. God put a burden on my heart for the unborn when I was in nursing school and learned about fetal development and the miracle of pregnancy. I have primarily worked in pediatric nursing for that reason. He gave me a burden for the woman with an unplanned pregnancy each time I became pregnant and found myself scared and inadequate. If I felt that with a planned pregnancy, how much more overwhelmed must these women feel? I believe that we, as the church, are called to lift them up and give them truth, empowering them to live the life God has planned for them. This is what caring for people is all about, showing them God's love and grace, even when they feel there is no hope. Each time I am in the center I am amazed at how God is working and I look forward to what He is going to continue to do.
Kristie Horton, Patient Scheduler
I am a wife and mother of two boys. I have lived in Tift County for three years. In this time, I have studied and gone through a mentoring program and was ordained in December 2016. I am in the process of earning a certification as a doula and breast-feeding counselor as well as starting a business, Birth Affirmations. The Lord has created me as an encourager. Being able to encourage those around me is my passion and motivating force. I believe in the power and anointing of the Lord. My prayer is that God will use my gifts to better serve the women we see at our clinic and empower them to embrace a life affirming choice.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:1-3
Peggy Holder, Office Manager
My husband, Paul and I relocated to Tifton at the end of 2012 from Ormond Beach, Florida. We made this decision as my mother was unable to stay by herself any longer and it was time for me to assist in her care. I had not worked since 2011, when I sold my business, but by the end of 2014, I began to desire working once again. I did not want a full-time position as we wanted time to travel and I still wanted to be with my mom. I asked God if he would provide a part time job for me to use the skills he had given me, so that I might be of service to him. He led me to the Pregnancy Care Center and the position he had chosen for me. God truly answers prayers in his time that are even more perfect than we could even begin to imagine. I am so very happy to be a part of this ministry to see it grow and meet each person he brings thru the door.
Pam Autry, Office Assistant
Many times, the gifts God has blessed us with lead us to the work that He would have us do. I have had a passion for the Pregnancy Care Center for many years, as a volunteer, as a board member and now as a part time employee. What started as a desire to help these women in crisis turned into a ministry to not only love and support them but to be a witness of God’s love. I am thankful for the life experiences that led me to the Pregnancy Care Center and believe with all my heart the words of Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Pregnancy Care Center and to be used by God as a vessel to pour out His love to every person that walks through our doors. My prayer is that each person I come in contact with will come to know the love of God and the worth He gives us through His son, Jesus Christ.
Sandra Simmons, Post Abortion Recovery
When I was 20 years old, I was in a wrong relationship with a guy. I ended up pregnant and out of fear of rejection and disappointment to my parents I turned to my employers wife for advice. She shared with me that she had had an abortion and she had also taken her teenaged daughter for an abortion. The only thing I remember is the fear I felt. I just knew I needed someone to help me. I can tell you without a doubt in my mind that I would have been willing to go to a pregnancy care center for help if I had been aware of one. Within the week she drove me to a nearby city for an abortion . I remember coming back to a very tiny apartment all alone. I remember not knowing what would happen next. My life and how I looked at myself had changed. I felt like I’d done the worst of the worst. It took me 17 years but I finally knew it was time to seek healing and Godly counsel. I myself went through this same Bible study and this scripture has been my testimony.
Psalm 40: 1-3 says “I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
3 He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord.”
My prayer is that women will know about places like the pregnancy care center and choose to come here for help. I also pray for women that have gone through an abortion. I want them to know there is hope and forgiveness through Christ Jesus. His word brings life and healing!