Every year, we invite speakers to inform and inspire us as we stand up for the lives of unborn children and their families. Below is a short bio for the speakers we have lined up this year:
Actress Shari Rigby played Hannah’s birth mother in October Baby. While in college, Shari attained her first modeling job and landed on the cover of a national magazine when she was only 20. Local and regional acting roles followed before Hollywood came calling. Shari has starred in eight independent feature films and her television credits include “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” When not working, Shari shares her time and talent with organizations that empower women and children.
Shari was a teenage mom at 17, and the second time she got pregnant, she got an abortion and felt like a failure. But at the age of 25, she re-dedicated her life to Christ and knew His forgiveness.
Learn more about Shari’s story by watching the touching story behind her role in October Baby here.
Grace Dulaney, a birth mother, is the founder of Agnes Dei Foundation/Lamb of God Ranch, a home for women who are choosing to place their unborn children with adoptive parents. Grace is married to Kirk Dulaney and a proud mother of 5 children. In her own words:
“On December 17, 1992 my son, Dylan, was born and I placed him in the loving arms of a wonderful married couple I had chosen to be his father and mother. I was already a single mother of two and knew how hard it was for them to only see their father on his limited visitation schedule. Dylan would not even have that, because his biological father lived abroad and chose not to acknowledge my pregnancy. I knew I could be a great single mother, but I could not provide a father for Dylan. I knew he deserved and needed one. I am not proud of how I got myself into the situation, but I am proud of what I did with it.”
Grace grew up in La Jolla, California as the second oldest of nine children. The love and devotion of her parents became the compass in her life, guiding her to continually strive for a marriage and family built on faith in God, trust and respect for one another, hard work and sacrifice for the greater good. She is undeterred in her determination to defend the poor and vulnerable.
Read more about Grace and the Agnes Dei Foundation at www.agnusdeifoundation.com.
Monica Snyder is a representative of Secular Pro-Life, a group that seeks to unite all pro-lifers regardless of religious beliefs or lack thereof. Founded in 2009, Secular Pro-Life has grown to include members from every state and from countries all over the world. Secular Pro-Lifers include pro-life atheists, agnostics, and other secularists, as well as religious pro-lifers who use secular arguments to advocate for the unborn.
Learn more about Secular Pro-Life at secularprolife.org.
Rev. Clenard Childress
Pastor Clenard Howard Childress, Jr., a lifelong resident of Montclair, New Jersey, joined the New Calvary Baptist Church in September of 1974 under the pastorate of Dr. Shellie Sampson. In 1978, he was appointed Director of the Youth Department, to organize and educate youth. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Superintendent of the Sunday School Department and Vice-President of the Outreach Ministries.
Pastor Childress successfully completed Northern Baptist School of Religion in 1986 where he majored in Christian Education. He was ordained in 1988 by the North Jersey Shiloh Association and later installed as Senior Pastor of New Calvary in April of 1989.
In 1997, Pastor Childress, along with his wife Regina, founded the Eutychus Mission, a ministry designed to provide continued rehabilitation and assistance to recently released juvenile detention detainees back into the mainstream of society. In October of 1998, Essex County Executive James Treffinger honored Pastor Childress’ faithful and effective work at the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center by installing him as a Chaplain. In November of 1998, he founded the Celebration of Life Day Care Center, which provides loving Christian care for children from infancy to 5 years of age. In August of 1999, Pastor Childress was appointed President of the Life Education And Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.) in Northeast Region. He was a chief organizer of the “Say So” March to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
In November of 2000, Pastor Childress was awarded the Community Service Award by the Montclair Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. for his dedicated work in the community. In May 2001, Pastor Childress began broadcasting “The Urban Prophet” taking the pro-life pro-family message into the urban areas. In September of 2002, Pastor Clenard H. Childress Jr. birthed the Pro-life website Blackgenocide.org. This website was designed to reach the Afro-American Community with the truth about abortion. In January 2003, Pastor Childress was appointed a member of the National Pro-Life Religious Council of Washington, DC. In March of 2003 Pastor Childress was appointed to the Board of The Center For Bio Ethical Reform. The Center for Bio Ethical Reform is a National Group that is dedicated in educating the nation and foreign countries on the rights of the unborn. In January 2004, Pastor Childress was appointed President of the Montclair African American Clergy Association (MAACA). On January 23, 2005 Pastor Childress having been recommended by his peers and approved by the Board of Scholars of the National Clergy Council of Washington Dc in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church –USA, received The Honorary Degree of Doctorate of Divinity. In March Of 2006 Rev. Clenard H. Childress authored his first book No Shepherd’s Cry. Pastor Childress and his book were featured on the 700 Club hosted by CBN’s Pat Roberson.
Pastor Childress Jr. has repeatedly been featured in World Magazine and has contributed commentary and editorials for Christianity Today, The Christian Post, Black Christian News, The Washington Times and New Jersey Star Ledger and is a regular columnist on Alan Keys Renew America.
Pastor Childress is joyously married to Regina Childress and has four children: Clenard, Thomas, Tonya and Tia.
Read more about Pastor Childress here.