Word of Hope's Executive Director

Grace Kern, Executive Director

Executive Director: Grace Kern (LCMS), a social worker and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, has been involved in pro-life work for over 33 years.


She first served as president, counselor, and speaker for the Care and Counseling Center of Downers Grove, Illinois, and then as Director of Healing Hearts since its founding in 1991.


Through her ministry, she has helped women and men struggling with a crisis pregnancy or a past abortion in congregations, communities, prisons, and military bases throughout the country.


In addition to counseling, Grace is an educator and teacher. She trains others in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and works with deaconesses through Concordia University, River Forest.


Grace started an abstinence-centered education program that has reached well over forty thousand teenagers. She has written a number of articles for LifeDate, and has been a guest on national talk radio programs such as Mid Day Connection, Prime Time America and Woman to Woman.