Thank you to each staffer for providing this information!
Executive Director – Donna Jensen
November 19, 2020 – I recently publicly announced that I am retiring. Read a letter from our Board Chair as well as from me about this, below my bio. See the ad about this position HERE!
I so appreciate the GIFT of life especially since my life began as an unplanned pregnancy! I was placed for adoption as a newborn. I understand what it’s like to be in the valley of crisis. As a teen, I had 2 crisis pregnancies. In one case I courageously chose life, and in the other, I caved in to the hopeless choice of abortion. I was a single mom for 7 years, working 2 jobs to make ends meet. During the week I worked in the office at a manufacturing company. I began doing data entry & worked my way up to having my own department of eleven employees when I was 21. I also worked weekends as a waitress & went to college at night.
I began the exciting journey of Spiritual Life at the age of 30, when I accepted Christ into my life! As I began digging into God’s Word, my mind & heart were changed, and my eyes were opened to many new things, including the value of human life, at all stages. It was then I began grieving & also healing. My preparation for being the Executive Director of Grace House was the Word of God & the classroom of life. After over 20 years of in-depth Bible study & lay-ministry, God called me help bring forth this ministry He’d conceived. We opened Grace House in January of 2001. ‘ll never forget calling my husband to ask him if he minded if I were the person to sign our first rental lease. He asked me how we’d pay the rent. I told him I didn’t know but I knew God was calling us to open the center at this time & in this place. He said, “Then do it!” It’s been an amazing walk of faith all the way! After being a volunteer board member for 4 years, the Board & I sensed God was calling me to assume responsibility to direct the daily operations of the ministry. I became the Executive Director in 2003.
I am passionate about sharing the value & source of life as well as sharing God’s plan of salvation & biblical truth with others. This ministry of LIFE & the GOSPEL is my passion and calling. Rod & I have been married since 1982 & have 2 grown sons, and 2 teenage granddaughters. Daily, I seek to submit to God’s authority, wisdom, and will to carry out His heart’s desires for Grace House.
Donna is retiring in the spring of 2021. Read the letter from our Board Chair & from Donna about this by clicking below.
Lead Administrative Assistant- Gigi Housley
I am from a military family so we moved around a lot when I was young. My family moved to Florida when I was 13 years old after my parents divorced. I graduated from Coral Springs High School in 1982. I have been happily married to my middle school sweetheart, Al Housley since 1984. We have 2 beautiful grown children, Harvey and Sarah. Al & I were baptized in 1991 where God changed our lives and he became very important to us. We have been in ministry together ever since. I have been a church secretary in 2 different churches. God has blessed me with serving and working at this wonderful job at Grace House Pregnancy Center in DeLand since 2016 where I am administrative assistant in the corporate office.
Administrative Assistant- Brandy Fancher
I was born and raised in DeLand. I am a DeLand Bulldog, graduating class of 1993. I have been married for twenty-four years with two grown sons. Recently, I became a grandparent to a beautiful granddaughter. After serving 20 years in ministry I decided to go back to school to further my education. In 2018, I graduated from Daytona State with an AS degree in Humans Service as an Addiction Specialist. I am enrolled at Liberty University working on my BSW (Bachelor’s in Social Worker). My heart has always been to serve people and walk through life with people showing the unconditional love of God
Client Services Director, DeLand – Pamela Grocke
I graduated from Hudson High School. I worked for Barnett Bank for 15 years & then was a stay at home mom for 10 years. I served as a Grace House Volunteer for a few years before coming on staff for Grace House. My passion to volunteer & work here just came from a Passion for LIFE. I wanted to do something bigger than my own self.
Administrative Assistant, DeLand – Michelle Arbona
In the year 2000 God intervened in my life, I met a wonderful man who I have been married to for 19 years. We have 2 beautiful children, a boy and a girl. We relocated from New York and have resided here for 16 years. I came to Grace House in 2012 and have been blessed to see what God has done in this wonderful ministry and look forward to seeing what HE will continue to do.
Center Director, New Smyrna Beach – Jessica Deese
I grew up in a very broken family where sin and misguided decisions held a mark on even the youngest of lives. I was separated from my mom, dad, and eventually my sister always losing any stability I had. As a young adult, I was broken, full of fear, pain and worthlessness. Always searching for love, acceptance, stability, and peace. I had a rebel heart in my early twenties running from God. My decisions led me to two unplanned pregnancies and a blighted marriage. In desperation and exhaustion from the effects of secular living, I cried out to Him surrendering my life devoting myself to be a vessel for his righteousness.
God stirred up a passion so fierce in me, I changed my college major 3/4 of the way through! I knew that he was leading me in a different direction, and I wanted to obey. When I changed my posture in obedience to honor Him, my world opened in ways I had prayed and prayed about. Things that did not seem possible began to align and for the first time I had true PEACE and joy.
After years of searching for my identity, I know who I am; a child of God. I am remarried and blessed by my marriage daily as we raise my two children together, each step becoming stronger and bolder in our faith.
Through a series of circumstances, I was told about Grace House & I became a volunteer Member Advocate. I thought I was coming to help and heal. God continued to help and heal me as well! After volunteering for two years, I love our members so fiercely and am humbled to walk in God’s leadership to share how He can heal them as well, so they too, can experience a new life in Him. I’m honored every day to see the blessing of God moving in our members lives and through the provisions of this ministry. I am so passionate about being one of the instruments that guide our clients in their relationships with God and in life affirming decisions for their families.
Administrative Assistant, New Smyrna Beach – Sophia Craun
Hi! I’m Sophia, I am a native Floridian and was raised in an amazing home by my two parents and two siblings. They have always taught and shown me what it’s like to live having a strong relationship with Christ. When I was in middle school, I really noticed that I needed to decide what kind of person I wanted to be; as I saw sin more apparent. Thus starting my true relationship with Christ, which I seek to continue growing every day.
August 12, 2019 I made my second biggest decision to marry my (now) husband and am happily married, because Christ is first in our relationship. We enjoy just about all physical activities and things to do in the great outdoors, and are always up for an adventure. God has gifted me with a heart to serve others, as I strive to do so inside and outside of my family. Tyler and I are excited to grow our family by adopting our two puppies and having our own children in the years to come.
I want to live with Colossians 3 in mind!
Center Director, Ormond Beach – Tracy Prestridge
As a confused teen from a confused and hurting family, I engaged in many risky behaviors many of which almost brought me to my end physically. I was certainly a spiritual and emotional mess as well. The Lord had His hand on my life all along the way and never left me. Eventually, I committed my life to the Lord in a small church in South Florida that felt more like home than my own home did.
Then it was off to the races for me. A fire hit my bones that can never be quenched. I was and still am 100% sold out to follow the Lord however, wherever, whenever that meant. The journey started ministering to youth, migrants, and the homeless in South Florida through my local church. Then I received a call to go into the ministry to serve the Lord through missions.
Along with receiving my BA in Missions and Bible in 2005 from Florida Christian College, I gained cross-cultural ministry experience domestically and internationally during that time. In 2001, I embarked on the amazing journey of marriage with my husband, David. Once we graduated FCC, the Lord brought to us various places around the country to serve Him in various capacities: houseparenting, inner-city missions, children’s ministry, women’s ministry, youth ministry, and secular management. Along the way, we have been blessed with four children of our own.
Everything I have experienced professionally and personally until now has prepared me to serve with Grace House. I was not looking to serve just anywhere. While I was finishing up my Master’s in Organizational Leadership and my Professional Certification in Executive Coaching and Consultation, I spent a great deal of time seeking the Lord to continue to make straight my path and allow my unique giftedness to be fully utilized. I am so excited to allow Grace House to utilize my giftedness to serve in an amazing ministry that helps people in times of crisis and transition. I am humbled I get to serve alongside other merciful and compassionate individuals and shine the truth and love of Jesus to all He brings our way!
Administrative Assistant, Ormond Beach & Client Outreach & Sexual Integrity Educator- Whitney Huguenin
My passion is promoting pure hearts for Jesus! His transformative and redemptive work all began when Jesus cried, “It is finished” (John 19:30 NIV). I am expecting God to touch hearts, transform lives, and woo hearts to surrendering to Him here at Grace House Pregnancy Center. I so love the dedication of Grace House Pregnancy Center to the Gospel and His Word, it is very evident in the life of the ministry.
Within the last several years I have attended worship & Bible study nights at project WARM and have been involved with pregnancy resource centers in the area. I will be obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in Supervision and Management with a focus in Entrepreneurship & Sales this December of 2019 from Daytona State College.