OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING SINGLE PREGNANT WOMEN ON THE ROAD TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY.
In 1999, Saundra Halstead’s story began much like many of the residents here at Mercy House. She found herself single, pregnant and lacking support at the age of 19. Although she could have ended up a statistic, she chose life, she chose her baby, she chose a future. Saundra went on to marry her baby’s father, David Halstead, and build a beautiful family together. They have been married 22 years and have four beautiful children. Cameron (21) Dj (18) Alexandria (15) and Brandon (15).
Saundra began serving with Mercy House in 2011. Her experiences include being a mentor, volunteer coordinator, Shepherding House home with the bulk of her service being on the Board of Directors.
In 2014, the Lord began unfolding a deep passion for women’s ministry in her heart. She began leading a Women’s Freedom Ministry group, which is designed to remove the things that hinder you from a deeper relationship with God so you can live the life God has for you.
She has served over 20 years in the local church, where she began as a Worship Leader, serving faithfully at Kingdom Life Christian Ministries, in San Antonio, TX for 8 years, until the Lord called her family north to the Fort Worth area.
Saundra has facilitated numerous Bible study groups, book groups and mentored women of all ages. Saundra has a bachelor’s degree in education and while she enjoys teaching, she felt the Lord calling her to stay home and raise her children. Saundra has homeschooled her children since 2013 and continues to do so. In 2020, Saundra obtained her certification in Biblical Counseling from the Association of Biblical Counselors and is working towards her specialization in trauma counseling to better serve Mercy House.
Saundra has a unique understanding of the intricate workings of Mercy House and is committed to the ministry’s vision and kingdom impact. She believes that “a person with a past can touch a God in the present to change the future.” She desires to fully embrace this in every aspect of Mercy House life and culture. She believes in the importance of developing a close, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the life transformation that follows, intentionally loving, caring, and building lives.
As the Executive Director of Mercy House Ministries, Saundra drives the organization’s strategic growth, partnership development and oversees its dedicated and passionate staff.