STAFF

OUR STAFF IS DEDICATED TO SHARING THE LOVE OF JESUS WITH EACH WOMAN GOD BRINGS INTO OUR CARE.

LISA D. BARNES

Director of Operations & Programs

Lisa Barnes was born in Tucson, AZ, and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2006, she graduated from Point Park University, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Lisa furthered her education and professional career by attending Geneva College and received her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership in 2015. During this time, she answered God’s call on her life and became a licensed minister in 2012. Lisa is the author of 2 books, Let’s Talk Goals, and She’s A Praya, and lent her experience to a third, Scenes from a Single Mom Volume 2: Love, Loss & Legacy. Lisa is the daughter of Bruser Jackson, Sr. and Theresa Barnes and the proud mother of twins Genesis and Christopher, 22, and Timothy, 15.

In 2020, while the world was facing a global pandemic unlike anything experienced in the last century, Lisa was without worry. God called her to prayer, and during her prayer time, God spoke clearly to her His words, and “She’s A Praya” was born. What began as a 3-month journal has morphed into a Christian lifestyle brand that combines prayer, fashion, and spiritual transformation. Through her brand, Lisa has been able to reach many lives, offering uplifting videos, quotes, and practical application of God’s Word. She’s A Praya seeks to build a community for the modern Proverbs 31 woman. One of the ways this is accomplished is through a virtual bi-monthly meeting called Let’s Talk and Pray. Through this meeting, Lisa has created a space of sisterhood where they deep dive into topics that affect women of faith in this culture and climate. She’s A Praya celebrated its one-year anniversary on April 28, 2021 and is steadily growing and expanding its influence.

Through her dedication to hard work and a little tough love, Lisa enjoys supporting others in achieving their goals. Having faced some of life’s hardest challenges – becoming a mother at 17 and being a young adult breast cancer survivor – Lisa is able to unearth shared experiences with women she encounters and use those similarities to minister to them and bring them closer to God. Lisa is confident that she was able to withstand the trials she faced because of her steadfast faith in Christ. It is her faith that reminds her that she will make it whenever she is confronting another obstacle in life. Lisa stands on the scripture of her business, Proverbs 31:25, “She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”


MOLLY RAMIREZ

House Manager

Born and raised in Maine, Molly spent her childhood in both the island community of Harpswell and the city of Portland. After graduating from high school at just sixteen years old, Molly immediately entered public service, working in politics and voter outreach. After the 2016 election, she tried the corporate world, but after encountering the perfect love of Jesus and giving her life to Him, she soon realized that her heart burned to see lives transformed by the power of the Gospel.

She re-entered public service, this time working with high-risk populations in Maine, including youth struggling with mental health issues, homelessness, and substance use disorders. Upon relocating to Texas in 2022, Molly began working to protect children and restore families through her role at Child Protective Services.

After aimlessly searching for identity through counterfeit comforts such as substances and relationships, Molly found complete fulfillment in the love of Jesus. This discovery has led her to passionately pursue Him in all things, particularly when it comes to championing the vulnerable. Her heart’s mission is to reflect Jesus and introduce Him to everyone she meets so that they, too, can encounter His life-changing love and freedom.

Along with her perfect pug, Olive, Molly looks forward to serving the expectant mothers and babies of Mercy House.


STEPHANIE MORGAN

Resident Care Manager Intern

Stephanie Morgan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Studies. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in social work at Tarleton State University. She worked in the telecommunications industry for over 15 years until 2016. At that time, she took the opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming a Licensed Social Worker. She has worked in the mental health field managing a group home and as a Behavioral Therapist working with children with Autism. Stephanie works at the YMCA as a site director for the after-school program. Stephanie has completed internships at the Association for Persons Affected by Addiction and The Unbound Now organization at the Underground, which is a drop-in center for youth in crisis. In her downtime, Stephanie likes to read, play word and trivia games, and spend time with family and friends.


TONY SEARLES

Director of Partner Development

Tony was born and raised in Caribou, Maine. After High School, Tony responded to God’s call by attending the University of Valley Forge in Pennsylvania. There, he was formally trained to be a Pastor and leader within the local church and non-profit organizations. He also met his college sweetheart, Angela, there. After graduation, Tony moved to Exeter, New Hampshire to serve in his first assignment as the Assistant & Youth Pastor. While praying for God’s help and direction in this new role of ministry, the Lord made something very clear that has guided him in his life’s work from that time forward…it is all about relationships! Developing a relationship with others and pointing them towards a life-giving relationship with God, through Christ. This word from God has never failed to be successful!

At the age of 27, Tony transitioned to being a Lead Pastor. He continued to emphasize building relationships with others and pointing them toward Christ. In addition to that, he also grew in his experience working with boards, communicating, shaping strategic plans, developing ministries and programs, counseling, facility management, and building buildings as well as caring for the people that God placed under his care. Tony has also served on local town committees, led a private Christian school, and developed initiatives to better people’s lives and build relationships within his community.

In 2020, the Lord began to do something new in Tony as he shifted to working in non-profit organizations. His first role was Executive Director in the only Pregnancy Resource Center in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. He successfully guided them through the challenging times of the pandemic where everything had to be retooled to accommodate the changes during that time, from client care to fundraising and everything in between. Shortly after Tony’s time there, he and his wife, Angela, moved to Fort Worth as they followed the Lord’s leading, and God opened the door for him to serve as Program Director at a local faith-based agency that serves the real needs of their clients through a wide variety of services. Over and again, Tony was busy building relationships with those in his path and helping them to move forward in their relationship with God, as He would lead them in their lives.

Today, Tony continues to be used by God to develop relationships with people while also growing ministries that make an eternal and practical difference in others. He also keeps busy by volunteering in a national ministry that serves rural churches across America, teaching a weekly Bible Study with some friends around a kitchen table, and working in the mortgage industry. More than all of that, he loves spending time with his wife, Angela, and their family. Their son, Alex, is married to Seyya and they have two sons, Tyson and Ollie, who live in Fort Worth. Their daughter, Abbee, still lives in Maine but loves to come and visit often – which they love!

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