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:
Terry Beatley: In 2009, author, wife, and mother Terry Beatley met with, and accepted the pro-life mantle of former abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson, cofounder of NARAL. Listening to Dr. Nathanson’s remorse for exploiting women and stripping the unborn child of all rights and protections inspired Terry to promise Dr. Nathanson that she would make Americans aware of the “8-point strategy of deceit” used by the abortion industry “and to deliver his personal parting message about ‘lov[ing] one another’ until that strategy becomes common knowledge or until Roe v Wade is overturned.”
As part of fulfilling this promise, she founded Hosea Initiative, a non-profit organization which teaches the impact of worldview through the pro-life conversion story of Dr. Nathanson. Fulfilling the promise made to the “Keeper of the Abortion Industry Keys” and using the power of story-telling, Hosea Initiative teaches a broader understanding of the abortion industry’s exploitation of women and children.
Terry’s book What If We’ve Been Wrong? was released in September 2016 and she has the exclusive movie rights to all of Dr. Nathanson’s writings and life story with plans for a feature film underway.
While managing a Virginia PAC in 2011, Terry earned “The Worst Virginian in the World Award” by a liberal blogger and “The Greatest Impact Award” by a conservative blogger after working toward the defeat of a 28-year, anti-life, anti-parental rights senate incumbent. Using a grassroots strategy focused on exposing Margaret Sanger’s “Negro Project” and the aggressive abortion industry’s attack on parental rights, her unparalleled methods awakened uninformed voters, transcended racial barriers, and gained national media attention.
Terry has been a contributing writer for The Washington Time’s “Power of Prayer” supplement, WND, Fairfax Free Citizen and The Free Lance Star; radio and podcast interviews include In the Market with Janet Parshall, WND, Family Research Council’s Washington Watch and lecture talk, Dr. Richard Land Live, Steve Deace Show, Rob Schilling Show, Radio Maria, Culture Shock Radio, The Gospel of Life, and Dominion Radio. Terry has been interviewed for articles in The Catholic Herald newspaper, World Magazine, Virginia Right, and The Washington Post.
Terry is a 2015 worldview graduate of Chuck Colson’s Fellows Program, a 2012 graduate of the Jennifer Byler Institute, former Virginia coordinator for ParentalRights.org, a former investment broker of 14 years and a retired homeschool mother of two daughters. In 1986, she graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Business. She currently serves on the Virginia Christian Alliance Board of Directors. Terry has been married for 30 years to Kenny and they reside in Virginia.
John Bruchalski, MD, FACOG
Dr. Bruchalski received his M.D. from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, AL, in 1987. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical Center and the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia in 1991. He received board certification in 1993.
Motivated by a desire to become the best possible physician, Dr. Bruchalski performed abortions during his residency. Gradually, he realized that abortion actually harmed women. After a spiritual awakening, he returned to the Catholic faith of his youth and felt God’s call to start a medical practice that truly helped women. In 1994, Dr. Bruchalski founded Tepeyac in Fairfax, VA, offering, in addition to excellent medicine, a faith-based welcome to women regardless of belief, background, or financial situation. He strove to provide the best OB/GYN medicine and to care for those in need in accordance with the teachings of the Church on the sacredness of life. In 2000, he founded Divine Mercy Care, a non-profit organization, to assist Tepeyac and other similar life-affirming medical practices. Divine Mercy Care’s additional missions involve educating medical students in, and broadening community awareness of, pro-life medicine.
Dr. Bruchalski’s tireless leadership in the pro-life movement has led to affiliations with the Couple to Couple League, the Lejeune Foundation, Live Action, and many other pro-life efforts in America and internationally. He speaks passionately to a wide variety of audiences on such topics as ethics and conscience, bioethics and fertility, the pregnancy help movement, fertility awareness family planning, religious freedom in the medical world, and his own faith testimony.
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. 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 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. 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, 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 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.
Joe Scheidler is an American institution. He has been fighting for the rights of the unborn since even before the infamous Roe v. Wade decision. The website of the Pro-Life Action League, founded by Mr. Scheidler in 1980, says “Joe first got involved in the pro-live movement in 1972, when at the urging of his wife Ann (bless you, Ann!) he took the family to a pro-life leafleting day in downtown Chicago. A picture of a baby aborted late in pregnancy reminded him of his son Eric’s baby picture, and the abortion issue became personal for him. Shortly after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade, Joe became a full-time pro-life activist….After working for other pro-life organizations for several years, Joe founded the Pro-Life Action League to serve the need he saw for pro-life Americans to take bold, direct action to save babies from abortion in their own communities. His 1985 pro-life activists manual, CLOSED: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion, put pro-lifers throughout the United States and the world to work effectively fighting abortion.”
Mr. Scheidler can fairly be described as one of the grandfathers of the American pro-life movement, an inspiration for generations of pro-life activists who have followed, such as previous Walk speakers Lila Rose, the Rev. Walter Hoye, and David Daleiden. Mr. Scheidler has the honor of being sued twice by ‘NOW’ (both convictions overturned by the Supreme Court with NOW forced to pay Mr. Scheidler’s costs). He is the recipient of every pro-life award in the book, a father, grandfather, and faithful Catholic, and we are proud to welcome him to the Walk for Life West Coast!