Another Way Pregnancy Center (AWPC) was incorporated on July 16, 1984 with the following mission statement: to provide life-affirming choices by offering faith-based hope, support and compassion while encouraging self-respect for those experiencing pregnancy or related concerns. We have always strived to save the lives of unborn babies at risk of abortion by serving the women and men facing unplanned or difficult pregnancies.
+ STATEMENTS OF FAITH & PRINCIPLE
Statement of Faith
We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired by God.
We believe that the godhead exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that these three are one God.
We believe that God is the absolute and sole Creator of the universe and that creation was by divine decree.
We believe that mankind was created by a direct act of God in His image but that mankind sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God.
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is truly God and truly man.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures.
We believe that all who repent of their sins and receive, by faith, the Lord Jesus Christ, are born again as God’s children and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there at the right hand of God the Father.
We believe in the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in glory.
Statement of Principle
- AWPC supports the right of every woman to give birth and the right of every child to be born. Human life is an inalienable right, endowed by The Creator Who made each individual human life unique from the moment of conception, and immensely valuable as made in the image of God.
- AWPC is committed to providing its clients with accurate and complete information about both prenatal development and abortion.
- AWPC shall not deny services to any client based on race, creed, color, gender, national origin, age, marital status, income, or handicapping conditions.
- AWPC shall provide services, which are personal, confidential and free of charge at all times.
- AWPC shall not advise, provide, or refer for abortion or abortifacients.
- AWPC does not engage in contraceptive counseling or in referring for contraceptives or contraceptive services.
- AWPC is committed to creating within the local community an awareness of the needs of pregnant women and of the fact that abortion compounds human suffering rather than resolving it.
- AWPC is committed to assisting women and men who suffer from the aftermath of abortion, offering compassionate, non-judgmental care and referrals to programs that assist with healing and forgiveness.
- AWPC recognizes the validity of adoption as one alternative to abortion but is not biased toward adoption when compared to other lifesaving alternatives. AWPC is independent of adoption agencies, relating to them in the same manner as to other helpful sources.
- AWPC employees and all volunteers are required to agree to our policies and scriptural qualifications, and to renew their commitment by reviewing and signing AWPC Statements and Policies on an annual basis, due in February of each year.
+ OUR TEAM: BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF
Greg Echols - Board President
Greg has a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Elaine, have been supporting AWPC since 2007. From 2017 to present, Greg has served as executive coach to Karen Jewell, Executive Director of the center. Greg joined the AWPC Board of Directors May 2018 and was elected president of the board May 2019.
Greg is a highly accomplished executive and corporate officer. He is Founder and CEO of KriJon Enterprises, LLC., a management consulting group specializing in business strategy, production and quality systems, and corporate restructuring. Prior to starting his company, he had a 35 year career in the steel industry, where he progressed through the management ranks from trainee to executive. Greg held the positions of Vice President of Operations, Vice President – General Manager and President – General Manager. He was responsible for leading over 1,500 people and managing a budget in excess of $1.6 billion dollars annually.
Greg is an active member at his church, serving on the board of elders for over 20 years and as board chairman for the last 13 years.
Chris was a former client of a crisis pregnancy center; her husband, Don, was adopted shortly after birth. Consequently, Chris and Don are both staunch supporters of the rights of the unborn and have supported Christian crisis pregnancy centers for many years. She was elected to the AWPC Board of Directors in May 2019.
Chris has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Walsh College. She has worked in the accounting field for over 25 years. Currently, she is Owner and President of Essentially Accounting, LLC, which provides accounting, controller, and CFO services for small to mid-sized business nationwide. Prior to starting her company, Chris worked as the CFO of a private equity firm where she oversaw more than 25 companies in a wide range of industries, totaling more than $80 million in annual sales.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Ed Connolly is a graduate of Indiana University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a major in Accounting. He and his wife, Angie, have supported Right to Life efforts for nearly their entire married life, having first marched “For Life” in the early 1970s. Ed has been a member of Another Way Pregnancy Center’s Board of Directors since 2012, serving more than four years as treasurer, three years as the immediate past president and currently as secretary. Additionally, he is active in Ann Arbor’s 40 Days for Life campaigns, as well as multiple Christian service activities in his parish. Prior to his retirement in 2014, Ed was a CPA in industry and held various positions of increasing responsibilities with a global diversified manufacturer, including Division Controller, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, Vice President - Controller and Group Controller for multiple operating units. Over the years he has served on the parish council and board of education for the parishes to which he belonged at the time and he currently serves as secretary/treasurer of a small Catholic non-profit, New Leaven, Inc.
The proud father of four adult children, he and his wife are currently awaiting the arrival of their sixteenth grandchild and spend much of their free time traveling west to visit their two sons and their families in Arizona and Colorado. Ask Ed what he is most proud of and he will invariably answer, “The life choices my children have made, specifically who they married.”
Ian was just six years old when he purchased his first investment with the help of his grandmother. As it grew, so did his interest. By the time he was in high school, he knew financial advising was the career for him.
Ian earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. In 2007, he joined Raymond James Financial, Inc. He holds the Series 7, 9/10, and 66 Investment Licenses, the Michigan Life and Long-Term Care Insurance Licenses, the Wealth Management Specialist, and has completed the Investment Management Consultant Program.
Ian and his family live in Novi. He enjoys serving his community and has partnered with Ambassadors Football, Habitat for Humanity – Detroit, Northville Chamber of Commerce, Novi Right to Life, Oak Pointe Church, Plymouth Kiwanis, The University of Michigan Club of Greater Northville, and The University of Michigan – Dearborn College of Business Alumni Affiliate Board. In his free time, Ian enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing/watching sports, music, and reading.
Lucy has been an active supporter of pregnancy resource centers in St. Louis and now in the greater Detroit area. In her career as a school psychologist for over 20 years, Lucy worked with children who had educational and emotional difficulties. She assisted their parents by developing direction and guidance strategies for their children. Given her life-long pro-life advocacy stance, Lucy began volunteering with a pregnancy resource center in St. Louis, MO. She assumed a leadership role in developing and implementing a 46-week curriculum for Mothers Choosing Life.
Lucy holds a Doctorate Degree in School Psychology from Texas Tech University. She has taught at Texas Tech University, John Brown University, and the University of Arkansas. She served as president of School Psychology Diagnostics Division of the Missouri Association of School Psychologists. Lucy was elected to the AWPC Board of Directors in August 2017.
Lucy and her husband, T.R., moved from the St Louis, MO area to Michigan in February 2017 to be near their son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren. The Carrs have been unwavering supporters of crisis pregnancy centers throughout their careers.
Dr. Sarah Deighton-Collins, MD - Medical Director
Dr. Sarah Deighton-Collins is an OB-GYN practicing in Brighton and affiliated with hospitals in the St. John Providence Health System. She received her medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and is certified by the ABMS Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Sarah has been in practice for 8 years.
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