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Sue Liljenberg is the founding Director of Healing Hearts Ministries International. Healing Hearts was founded in 1984 and became incorporated in 1988 as a post-abortion ministry in Washington State and has since grown to an International ministry with representation in thirty one states and eight foreign countries. In 2003 the ministry expanded it’s services to reach out and minister to non-post-abortive women. Sue has authored three bible studies Binding Up the Broken Hearted and The Wounded Warrior for men and women who are post-abortive, as well as, The Hem of His Garment for women who suffer from their past but who are not post-abortive. She is also the coauthor of Healing Hearts most recent Bible Study release First Love, a discipleship study written for young women ages 13 and older. Healing Hearts currently ministers to women and men all over the world. Sue has shared her story with thousands over radio, television, and at women’s conferences and in churches across the United States. For six years had her own radio show on KGNW in Seattle, Washington. Sue is a wife and is a step mother of two grown sons, the grandmother of three granddaughters.
Camille Cates has served with Healing Hearts as a trained leader since 1999. In 2010, she became the Youth Division Director for Healing Hearts. She has co-authored the First Love Bible study for young women with founding Director, Sue Liljenberg. This youth project was born from a desire to respond to the ever-increasing heart cry of young women in this generation in regards to their most difficult mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual struggles. We believe that their deepest needs can only be met through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the truth of His Word, the Bible. Camille’s powerful personal testimony, recounting the tragic sexual assault and murder of her infant daughter as well as the abortion of her unborn child, reaches out to those who are desperately seeking hope and healing from their own personal tragedies. Camille also served for many years as an abstinence educator in the public school system speaking to thousands of students. As a public speaker, she has been the keynote presenter for various Pregnancy Resource Center events as well as women’s ministry and youth events. She is currently working on her certification in Biblical Counseling through ACBC. Camille and her husband, Troy, served in full-time youth ministry from 1995 until 2010. These years of ministry together were served in churches both in the US and also internationally. They have three children whom they treasure as God’s gifts.
(Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington & Wyoming)
She is also the Healing Hearts Ambassador to Australia & Western Canada.
Teresa Rinker has a passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ and bringing His healing, transforming, saving message to others. She has enjoyed serving with Healing Hearts since she herself experienced healing as a client going through one of the first Healing Hearts Bible study groups in 1985. Teresa’s life and marriage were transformed by the love of Jesus and the Word of God as it bound up her own broken heart and life. In addition to her work with Healing Hearts, Teresa loves teaching women in a weekly Bible study as well as through weekend retreats. Seeing women set free from sin and self, to love and be loved, is her passion and joy! Teresa also enjoys her work as an office manager at Woman to Woman, women’s medical clinic, in Washington State. She and Scott have been married 36 years. They are the parents of three grown children and six precious grandchildren whom they adore.
(Arizona, California, Nevada & Utah)
Adena DeLillo has been serving with Healing Hearts Ministries since 2004. Adena leads women in Healing Hearts post-abortion study as well as the post-trauma study, along with training and mentoring leaders in her region. Prior to her involvement with Healing Hearts, she served in women’s ministry, leading Bible studies and speaking at women’s events, workshops, and conferences. Adena ministers to women by teaching God’s Word, showing His love, sharing her testimony, and discipling women for leadership. Her passion for hurting women has no boundaries and has expanded her ministry to women in Sweden and Peru. Adena and John have been married for 39 years and have two married children and seven grand-children.
(N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota & Nebraska)
Julie was in a prison of shame over her abortion for 13 years until she was freed by God’s Word though Healing Hearts in 2000. For the past ten years, she has been involved with Healing Hearts as a group leader, core group leader, and Regional Director for the Mid-North Region. She loves to see God’s Word change women completely from the inside out, just like she experienced. Julie has shared her own testimony of hope and healing after abortion in churches, Sunday school classes, MOPs, National Day of Prayer events, and for Silent No More Minnesota. Julie has a B.A. in English and Journalism as well as an M.S. in Scientific and Technical Communication. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Biblical Counseling from Christian Counseling & Education Foundation, Glenside, PA. She counsels women one-on-one and in group settings as well as online. Another passion of Julie’s is running. She has completed marathons and half-marathons, is a volunteer running coach, encouraging women to run the race set before them, physically and spiritually. She is married to Tracy and they have three children.
(Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas)
Karen had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ during the Healing Hearts Bible study that not only saved her marriage, but released her from the bondage of anger. Since 1998, Karen has been a public voice and a witness to the healing power of God’s grace regarding the wounds from sexual abuse and abortion. She has led women’s studies, retreat workshops, and spoken in churches about the issue of abortion and sexual abuse. Currently she serves as a servant-leader facilitating the Healing Hearts Bible studies in her home church. Karen holds a B.S. in Education. She has been recognized in Outstanding Young Women of America and Who’s Who in the West. Karen’s career path includes 22 years in accounting, restaurant, and office management. Her beloved husband of 32 years, John, passed away in 2010. They have two married daughters and two granddaughters. Karen sees her calling as a Healing Hearts facilitator as a labor of love filled with great challenges and rewards. She says, “My greatest joy in serving is seeing other women also have that life-changing encounter with Christ.”
(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio & Wisconsin)
Madelyn Carpenter has a passion for discipling women using the Word of God. Madelyn worked in the medical field as a Practice Assistant for 35 years until her retirement in 2000. Now, she focuses full time on her family and ministry. Madelyn has been serving as counselor, core group leader, and Great Lakes Regional Director for Healing Hearts Ministries since 2001. She has been a volunteer at Care Net Pregnancy Center since 1996, ministering to post-abortive women as well as women who have other hurts that need a healing touch from the Lord. God has used Madelyn’s counseling background, love for and continual study of His Word, and her personal journey to equip her to minister to hurting women. She loves to share the story of God’s amazing grace, how He can take a mess, turn it into a message, and then into a ministry – what an amazing God we serve! Madelyn has presented biblical teaching, devotions, her personal testimony, and information about Healing Hearts at churches, banquets, pregnancy centers, and women’s retreats. She and her husband Dick have been married for 44 years. They are parents of two married daughters, and are blessed with two very busy grandsons and two absolutely precious grand-daughters.
(Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont & Washington D. C.)
Donna has an intense passion to help hurting women. Born and raised in Jersey City, a victim of abuse and a former addict, she knows what it’s like to hit rock-bottom and be completely broken, stripped of family, friends and all that was dear to her. By the grace of God, her life was completely transformed and she has been drug free since 1984 and a leader with Healing Hearts since 2006. Donna is actively involved in her church and her heart is burdened for women of all ages to recognize the healing and transforming power of the Word of God. Her life is a testimony that nothing is impossible with God! (Luke 1:37) Donna has led Bible studies and Healing Hearts groups, shared her personal testimony, volunteered at a local pregnancy center and has served in both youth and women’s ministries over the years. She is a student of Global University, currently pursuing ministerial certification, and is employed part time as the bookkeeper at her church. Her immediate goal is to let others know they do not have to stay in pain – no matter what they’ve done – and they can walk in freedom, not in shame! She is married to the love of her life, Michael and they have been together since they were in high school. They also have one amazing son.
Appalachia (Kentucky, N. Carolina, Tennessee, W. Virginia & Virginia)
Southeastern (Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, S. Carolina & Florida)
Cindy has a passion to serve women in their personal walk with Jesus. Sharing God’s Word with a woman in a compassionate and honest atmosphere, encouraging questions, and delving deeply into God’s truth is her goal in mentoring others toward Christ . As an ICU nurse who has seen suffering in and out of the hospital and as a research nurse who loves details, God has equipped Cindy to see the utmost necessity of God’s healing and grace as well as the beauty found in the intricacies and truth of the Word. She has had a heart for Healing Hearts Ministries since she was first a client in 1998. She has been a leader since 2006 and is currently the Regional Director for the Appalachia and Southeast states. Cindy is currently facilitating in-depth women’s Bible studies in Western North Carolina, authoring a Bible study, and has shared biblical teaching, her personal testimony, and Healing Hearts presentations in a variety of venues. She is married to Gregg and they have two fantastic boys.
Judy has been with Healing Hearts International Ministries since 1991 and has been the driving force in developing and overseeing its biblical counseling training program. She currently serves as a board member. Judy maintains a passionate belief that God’s Word is sufficient to meet all the needs of mankind. Judy has had oversight for women’s ministry, small group ministry, intercessory prayer groups, counseling ministry, and pre-marital counseling. Judy and her husband, Doug, have been married since 1978.
Lue has served as a trained leader with Healing Hearts since 2001. She began facilitating Healing Hearts Bible studies in women’s small groups, but as the needs of our ministry grew and as technology advanced, Lue transitioned into leading women through our Bible studies via email and then online through Healing Hearts’ website. Currently, she trains all new incoming leaders how to use Healing Hearts website and is our go-to gal for any technical questions that clients or leaders may have. Lue is married to Chuck and they have two teenagers. She also serves on the creative arts tech team in her home church.