Janet Duvall – Chairperson
Janet is the wife of Milner Duvall, a mother of 4, and grandmother of 7 so far! She has been involved in many ministries over the years from mission work, clothing ministries, counseling, teaching Bible study, and keyboard vocalist in a women’s praise band. The ministry that has her heart now is prison and jail ministry which she has been involved with for over 8 years. For 5 years, Janet and a friend have been teaching a class called “Making Peace with your Past” at Carswell Federal prison. Janet also goes into Parker County jail on a substitute basis. As a result of the prison and jail ministry, the God idea for a women’s transitional home was birthed.
Kathy Manning – Vice Chair
Kathy has been married to her husband, Mike for 34 years and lived in Weatherford for 33 years. They are parents to two adult children and three grandchildren. She retired from Tarrant County District Attorney’s office as a Criminal Investigator with a total of 36 years in law enforcement. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church in Weatherford and has served on many committees. She is currently recruiting ushers and greeters for the worship services and cooks the Wednesday night fellowship meal at the church. Kathy has served in Kairos prison ministry and volunteers at Theatre Off The Square as a performer and eight years on the Board of Directors. She learned of Sanctified Hope and served as a mentor to a wonderful lady and prays that as she grows in Christ she can serve and minister with love to others.
John Gordon – Treasurer
John has been married 45 years, has two daughters and three grandsons. He is a graduate of Weatherford Jr. College and The University of Texas at Arlington. He has a BA degree in accounting. He worked a short time for the Corps of Engineers, GSA and completed his civil service career after working for the IRS for 28 years. John spent five years in the Army (May 1966- June 1971) spending a year in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and entered civilian life again after attaining the rank of captain.
John accepted Christ at age 13 but stayed for a while coming back to the Lord in 1980. He has served as a deacon, worship leader, prayer leader, small group leader, Sunday school teacher for adults, and chairman of the finance committee in his local church.
John retired in January 2006 and in February became involved in the jail and prison ministry, thanks to the guidance and encouragement provided by his pastor Jon Sherman. In December 2013, John was offered and accepted the part-time position of chaplain for Parker County Jail in Weatherford, Texas. He is presently serving in that position.
During this ministry period, John heard about a vision given Janet Duvall and offered to come alongside and share in seeing the vision come to fruition.
Linda Tidmore – Secretary
Linda and her husband Wade have been married for 37 years and have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. She holds an Elementary Education degree from the University of Houston and retired in 2004, after a 30-year teaching career. After retirement, she found a new passion volunteering with organizations such as Kairos Prison Ministries, Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and most recently has joined World Relief of Fort Worth.
As a member of Trinity Bible Church, Linda first heard of Janet Duvall and her vision for starting a transition home in Parker County, for formerly incarcerated women. From her previous service with Kairos Prison Ministries, she knew that she wanted to be involved in some capacity. After serving with Kairos for over 12 years, Linda had heard the stories from men and women about their fears of being released from prison. The recurring theme heard was, “I don’t want to fall back into the old lifestyle” and Sanctified Hope provides an avenue for that hope!
John 15:12 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
Jim Heath – Board Member
Jim and his wife, Cheryl, moved to Weatherford from Keller in 2013. They have five children and eight grandchildren spread across the country. Jim served four years in the U. S. Military and has a forty-five year career in aviation maintenance both in technical and management roles. He is currently retired but still involved in consulting work from time to time.
Jim is a member of Trinity Bible Church and a regular Sunday school attendee as well as a small group participant.
Both Jim and Cheryl are involved in Parker County Meals on Wheels.
Jim is a follower of Jesus Christ and a strong believer in the tenets set forth in the Holy Bible.
Frank Scheffler – Board Member
Frank has been a resident of Parker County for 35 years. He and his wife, Cyndy, have been married 47 years and have 3 sons and 9 grandchildren. Frank has a BA degree in accounting from TCU. His 40 years of business experience includes accounting, sales management, and operations management. During his business career, he has implemented accounting and operations systems for several companies in Fort Worth. He also served on staff at Trinity Bible Church as Director of Operations. He is semi-retired and assists companies in implementing information systems. In addition to his consulting, he operates a tree farm in Peaster.
Frank is a regular attendee at Weatherford Presbyterian Church, is a Grace to You ministry partner, and a Compassion International sponsor.
Elizabeth Mederos – Board Member
Elizabeth understands first hand how difficult it can be to transition from incarceration to society. Elizabeth is a former participant of Sanctified Hope who graduated in October 2018. Since graduation, she has completed the Substance Use Counselor program from Weatherford College. She expects to receive her Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern license in January 2020. In addition, she will graduate from Weatherford College with an Associates of Science in May 2020. Elizabeth plans to pursue her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She wants to continue to help other women overcome the guilt, shame, and stigma of incarceration and addiction.
Elizabeth works for Safe Harbor Counseling Center as an administrator. She also serves and worships at Trinity Bible Church. Elizabeth has a passion for helping others and is very active in her community through volunteering with Sanctified Hope, Zonta Club of Parker County, and Center of Hope. She also has a 25-year-old son, Michael, who is pursuing a career in law enforcement. Elizabeth is extremely grateful for God’s restoration and salvation.
Elizabeth’s favorite scripture is 1 Peter 5:10 – In His kindness, God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So, after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.
Dean Suedmeyer – Board Member
Dean and his wife of 16 years, DeAnna, have lived in the Weatherford area for 30 years. Dean knows first hand what prison is like. He served 38 months on an 8 year sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 2 drug convictions. He was saved in 1994 during that incarceration.
Dean has been the pastor at New Life Fellowship Church for 4 years and a pastor at other church plants for a total of 7 years. He occasionally teaches topical messages, but mainly teaches verse by verse through the books of the Bible. Dean has a heart and a passion for reaching those who are without Christ, as well as discipling those that have a new relationship with Christ. He has recently retired from Ato-Residential-Commercial glass where her worked for 21 years as a general manager.
Dean’s favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by God’s grace I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not ineffective”. His two greatest educators are the Holy Spirit and life itself.
Ava Blais – Board Member
Ava Blais was married to Lawrence F Blais until his death in 2008. They raised their daughter, Lauren, in Parker County, Trinity Bible Church and Trinity Christian Academy. Ava spent part of her career with the Department of Human Services ,(now DFPS) , Child Protective Services and later became a Juvenile Officer for the Family Law Courts in Tarrant County.
Ava was on the board of TCA for several years. Ava and her family were members of and served at TBC in a number of ways. She became a volunteer with CASA Hope for Children, Parker and Palo Pinto Counties in 2012 and is currently active as a court-appointed Special Advocate. Ava is a supporter of Sanctified Hope and other local organizations that support life and new beginnings. As a follower of Jesus Christ
it is her conviction that God is using this ministry to transform, encourage and equip the participants in their Christian walk.