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Our Staff

Mercy House Ministries offering hope and help for single pregnant women

Warren and SaVannah Talbert, Resident DirectorsWarren and SaVannah Talbert, Resident Directors

As Resident Directors, Warren and SaVannah Talbert oversee the day-to-day operations of the Mercy House residential home as well as the transformation of women placed in their care.

They’ve been in ministry since 1989 serving in many roles including Senior Pastors at Zion’s Harvest International in California. In 1994, they moved to Texas with an international ministry where Warren was the Worship Pastor and SaVannah was the Children’s Pastor.

They successfully completed degrees in Mental Health: Substance Abuse Counseling in 2015. SaVannah holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology. These accomplishments assist in their ministry at Mercy House.

Their greatest calling is to the ministry of reconciliation. Whereas they once served from the pulpit, they are now reconciling the world to God on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis. Being obedient to God is the most marvelous thing. He just causes everything to work out. They love modeling what a strong family and marriage look like.

In the summer of 2019, God spoke to each of them separately about championing the lives of the unborn. When He spoke to them about becoming Directors at Mercy House, they accepted.

On a personal level, Warren and SaVannah enlisted in the US Navy in the mid 70’s and served until retirement. They met in 1978 and have just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They have a blended family of 7 children, 18 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

The Talbert’s love travel, adventure and the wide-open road. Just give them a back-pack and some snacks and away they go!

 

Loraine Newsome, Family Support Specialist, Mercy House MinistriesLoraine Newsome, Client Care Manager

Loraine Newsome was a single Mom at 17 and because she had such a supportive family, she was able to raise her children in a loving environment. She always knew she wanted to give back and support single Moms as she understands the importance of having a strong support system and the necessary tools to tackle life as a single parent.

She has a passion to help women navigate life both personally and professionally. She is a certified Life Coach and a published author. She had a successful career in Healthcare for over 21 years, the majority of those years in account management and market development. She currently works in financial services as a licensed Life Insurance Agent. She is a Senior at Abilene Christian University studying Psychology with hopes of obtaining her Masters in Counseling with a focus on trauma.

Loraine volunteers with several organizations, is on the Women’s planning committee at her wonderful church, The Well Church Keller, and is a member of several women empowerment groups in the DFW area. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking and traveling.

She is California born but Texas-raised and currently resides in Northlake. She has three beautiful daughters and a fur baby named Cookie.

 

Traci Haney, Program DirectorTraci Haney, Program Director

Traci Haney was born in Phoenix, AZ to a mom and dad that lived together, but never married. In less than a year, they separated. Traci wouldn’t meet her father again until 3 days before her wedding, which was also her 18th birthday. He walked her down the aisle to marry Kevin in the summer of 1987.

As a mom, her desire to give her kids the security of a loving home caused her to seek God for wisdom. He was faithful to answer those prayers and more. As her children got older, other moms sought parenting advice from Traci. Eventually, she began mentoring women and realized her ministry calling.

Traci has served in the local church for 30 years. The majority of her time was spent as a Parenting Small Group Leader. The parenting skills she received were so valuable, she became a Parenting Coach and grew from facilitating one group to between eight to ten.

Traci oversees, implements, and coordinates the strategic objectives of our organization through curriculum and programming. She utilizes her dynamic teaching skills to facilitate Christian discipleship and Life Skills programming from start to completion.

The programs at Mercy House teach those same parenting skills to the women in her care. Through biblical principles, they learn skills to effectively create loving, respectful relationships in families. Traci has implemented other programs that teach about finances, preparing for employment, and a program called Overcomer’s, which provides a spiritual plan of recovery for those who struggle with life-controlling problems.

Through her training in Freedom Ministry at Gateway, she has learned how to lead women in dealing with past issues and inviting God into the process of healing. She is thrilled to see women grow emotionally and spiritually as they are set free so they can live out the abundant life that Jesus promised in John 10:10.

She is currently in the process of getting her Biblical Counseling Certification.

Traci has lived most of her life in Texas. She is a happily married mother of two adult children and one granddaughter. She and her husband, Kevin, have been married 33 years. DIY projects, entertaining and cooking are great loves and she makes a mean blueberry lemonade. She also enjoys her creative side as a singer/songwriter and musician.