Lowell Avery

I have been involved with PPL for about 25 years, and serving on the board since 2010. 

PPL is important because we are helping the church address the most important and urgent social issue of our time.


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Sara Bartholomew

One of the passions my family always talked about was supporting the sanctity of life and I can remember standing on the street, holding up pro-life signs and attending PPL luncheons at the GA.  which  shaped my commitment to the value of human life.  My husband, Jacob, and I are adoptive  parents and live in Albuqurque with our daughter, Ellie.


Retired after 27 eventful years in the US Army Reserve chaplaincy, I now pastor a mission church of the RPCNA (Covenanters) in San Antonio, Texas.  For 11 years as chaplaincy program director for a state-run intermediate-care facility in PA, I shepherded, befriended, and gently taught the Bible to over 400 adults with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.  Each person, at every stage of life, is to be cherished and honored as the frail image-bearer of the infinite, personal, and all-wise God.

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Patty June

I found a receipt from PPL in a friend’s home in 1984 and contacted PPL later that year.  I have been on the Board of PPL since the fall of 1986.

PPL is important as a voice for the most vulnerable among us and God’s love for every human He created . . .

Craig Kephart

I joined the PPL Board in 2012. I serve as Executive Presbyter of Washington Presbytery, PCUSA in southwestern Pennsylvania.

A 1988 graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, I was a local church pastor for over twenty years. . .

Ellen Campbell Gardner

After graduation from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary I completed my Clincial Pastoral Education chaplaincy and served as pastor to three congregations, I am looking foward to wherever God is leading next.  I'm married to the Rev. Ernest Gardner III and we live in Springfield, MO.

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I became a member of the PC(USA) in 1997 and was an ordained Ruling Elder in the denomination. I served the denomination by promoting the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death at the congregational, Presbytery, and national level and was also a member of Alamo Area Presbyterians Pro-Life. . .

Justin  Marple

I am a PC(USA) pulpit supply pastor, serving in Niagara Falls, New York. I am married to Michele and have two children,  Josiah and Arwen. A graduate of Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA) and Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia, PA) I previously served as pastor of Niagara Presbyterian Church . . .

John Sheldon

I serve as current President of PPL's Board of Directors, beginning that role in 2007. I am the pastor of First Presbyterian Church, PC(USA) in Ocean City, New Jersey where I live with my wife Laurie. We are parents of nine children and grandparents of 6.

Jack Sharpe

I serve as Vice President for Internal and Legal Affairs for PPL and am an attorney in Chambersburg, PA. My wife, Renee, and I are the parents of three children. I am an active member of Presbyterian Church, PC(USA) of Falling Spring and have served on PPL's GA team for a number of years.

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My husband, Rev. Stan Johnson, and I have served at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C. since 2003. We have 6 adult children, 9 grandchildren & three rescue pups that are like our children!
In 2017, God called me to start a pro-life ministry at our church - The Light and Life Ministry - a local chapter of PPL. Our mission is to "speak truth, change hearts and save lives." We achieve this by raising awareness in our church and community of the devastating effects of abortion through providing educational resources and events. We also share the transforming power of Christ's love, grace and forgiveness to those women and men who have lost a child due to abortion.