Board Chair Kathy Specht Named CEO


It probably comes as no surprise to hear that our ministry is growing. Explosively! Over the past two years, we’ve successfully merged Pregnancy Choices with Akron Pregnancy Services and followed that up by launching Eva Women’s Clinic in both Canton and Akron! This has meant even more babies saved and lives changed for eternity. We’re so grateful for your commitment to life, and trust that you share our excitement about what God has in store for the days ahead.

As we prayed about an emerging leader who could oversee the ministry as a whole and provide guidance in taking us to the next level, only one name came to mind—Kathy Specht.

Kathy’s volunteer service as a member of our board has spanned nearly twelve years, including two separate terms as board chair. It was under her chairmanship that the merger and clinic openings have taken place. Kathy has had a bird’s eye view of our recent expansion and understands better than anyone the workings of our organization. There is simply no one more prepared or qualified for such a time as this.

For these reasons, we are thrilled  to announce that Kathy has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer.

“I’m looking forward to this new opportunity,” said Kathy, “and to working with Executive Directors Debra Martin and Janet Paul as well as the entire staff.”

With a business degree from Malone University, Kathy brings both experience and a giftedness for growing ministries, having overseen numerous church plantings in her former position as Director of Operations at her home church, RiverTree, and through Kingdom Synergy Partnerships. Kathy is indeed uniquely qualified to increase our footprint, and save more pre-born babies, than ever before.

God has blessed this ministry in ways we scarcely could have imagined. We now find ourselves poised for further growth, ready to take these life-saving, life affirming measures to the next level, seeking opportunities to add new locations to our Northeast Ohio alliance.

Meet PC Partners For Life

PC: Partners for Life is truly the “life support” of our Ministry, including the education and support side—Pregnancy Choices—and the medical side—Eva Women’s Clinic. Ever since opening our doors in 1985 with the name of Crisis Pregnancy Support Center of Stark County, our partners have provided the volunteer services and financial support necessary to assist us in fulfilling our mission–”To provide communities with education and support in matters of crisis pregnancy, sexual lifestyle and sanctity of human life from a biblical worldview.”

Over the next three decades, supporting partners have made it possible for us to outgrow our first facility on loan from Canton First Friends Church to our current home at 4500 22nd Street NW in Canton as well as Eva Women’s Clinicwith locations in Canton and Akron. Over time we have expanded to merge with Akron Pregnancy Services in order to provide women and men throughout Northeast Ohio who are facing an unplanned pregnancy with the support they need to make life-affirming choices. An additional undisclosed location is dedicated to ministering restoration to the post-abortive woman experiencing grief and seeking healing. Without question, our calling is to continue to move into areas where we can best reach clients in need of help with unplanned pregnancies and healing from past abortions.

We provide numerous resources including healthy relationship education through our Sold Out school program; reproductive education, parenting classes, supplies and support through Pregnancy Choices; medical services including free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, STD/STI testing & treatment and well-woman visits through Eva Women’s Clinic; and restorative, healing Bible studies and support groups through the House of Hope. All of this is made possible by you, our partners.