John Ensor


Contact John
(617) 823-1302 / jensor@passionlife.org


John is an ordained Evangelical pastor, who for the last 25 years has served as a leader in the pro-life movement as a speaker, author, mentor, and co-laborer. Currently, John serves as the President of PassionLife, where he concentrates on helping missionaries and indigenous Christian leaders serving in countries plagued by abortion to equip the church in bioethics and pregnancy crisis intervention services.

Starting in 1991, John led the effort in Boston to establish a network of six ultrasound-equipped pregnancy help centers. In 2006, he joined Heartbeat International and piloted Heartbeat of Miami, a minority-led, ultrasound-equipped, pregnancy help ministry now serving amidst 30 nearby abortion business.

John writes books on things he is most passionate about; the gospel, marriage and prolife ethics. He and his wife, Kristen, have been married for over 40 years. They have three married children and three grandchildren. They live in Roswell, GA.

Books by John Ensor
The Great Work of the Gospel: How We Experience God’s Grace, (Crossway Books, 2006).

Doing Things Right in Matters of the Heart, (Crossway Books, 2007).

Innocent Blood: Challenging the Powers of Death with the Gospel of Life, (Cruciform Press, 2011).

Answering the Call: Saving the Innocent, One Woman at a Time, (Hendrickson Publishers, 2012).

Stand for Life: A Students Guide to Making the Case and Saving Lives, with Scott Klusendorf, (Hendrickson Publishers, 2012).

Pregnancy Crisis Intervention: What to Do and Say When it Matters Most, (Hendrickson Publishers, 2019).

Mark Nicholson

Executive Director

Contact Mark
(336) 816-9830 / mnicholson@passionlife.org

Mark and his family lived in the highlands of inner Asia for ten years as church planting missionaries, bringing the message of reconciliation to God through Jesus to remote nomadic tribesmen for the first time.
Heartbroken by the high infant mortality rate in their grasslands area and the family chaos that resulted, Mark and his wife established Nomad Infant Rescue & Care (NIRC), a locally-led medical initiative to provide education, resources and medical equipment to assist the perinatal needs of young nomadic families. NIRC also provides ambulatory care and crisis pregnancy counseling.
Upon returning to the US in 2013, Mark came onto the Board of Directors for PassionLife and transitioned to serve as the movement’s Executive Director in 2016.
Mark and Dana have been married since 1997, and they have four teenage children. They operate a small clean-foods farm outside of Winston-Salem, NC

Jeanne Pernia

Pregnancy Help Training Coordinator

Contact Jeanne


Jeanne M. Pernia is certified mental health counselor, most recognized for her role as the Co-Founder of Heartbeat of Miami, a minority-led pregnancy help ministry and the founder of the Restoring the Heart Ministry, a post-abortive healing program. She is widely recognized for her role in the South Florida community, promoting the care of pregnant mothers and advocating for the lives of their unborn babies.

Since 2007 Jeanne has reached out to people around the world, sharing her testimony of grace and redemption. Jeanne’s 2013 biography Conquered details her story – from her beginnings in the abortion business to her subsequent journey as one of South Florida’s most widely recognized leaders in the Pro-Life Movement.  She continues to share her passion for post-abortive healing and pregnancy counseling by leading weekend healing retreats and is now preparing for an expansive mission establishing the Sanctity of Life teachings in Cuba.

Jeanne is passionate about providing life changing education on the sanctity of life, particularly in the Latin-American community and Spanish speaking countries around the world. She and her husband, Albert, have been married for over 30 years. They have three grown children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and eight grandchildren. They currently reside in Miami Lakes, FL.

Jeanne’s book Conquered is also available in Spanish, translated as Conquiste. Both the English & Spanish versions are available at www.cherisajerez.com or www.amazon.com.

Kristen Ensor

Operations Manager

Kristen Ensor serves as PassionLife’s Operations Manager, including details of travel planning, accounting, communications, reporting and the overall management of resources.

Indigenous Staff

Local leaders, partners, and organizations

As the outreach of PassionLife grows, we are empowering local leaders to spearhead training initiatives, set up pregnancy help centers, and establish safe homes for mothers.

The PassionLife Board of Directors