Leadership

Our leadership team is comprised of a group of dedicated, compassionate, and supportive individuals who have each experienced immense grief in our own way. Because of our experiences, we choose to serve others by providing them with the resources and community to travel through their journey of grief knowing that they are not alone. We invite you to contact our team with any questions or comments you may have.

Click each picture below to learn more about our ministry leaders.

FOUNDERS
Founder

Sharon Balch

Sharon began as a volunteer at Faith & Grief Luncheons. She worked at Texas Instruments for 27 years in marketing, communications, and finance. She has an MBA and a Graduate Specialist’s Certificate in Aging from the University of North Texas. She is a Stephen Minister and a Presbyterian elder.

Founder

Wendy Fenn

Wendy recently retired from being Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX. Previously, she was Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Care at a non-profit hospice in Dallas. She received a Master of Divinity from Perkins Theological Seminary, and a Master in Family Studies from TWU.

Founder

Fran Shelton

Fran received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Her doctoral project was “Blessed are Those Who Mourn: Offering Comfort Through Worship and Theological Reflection.” Recognizing a tremendous benefit of spiritual disciplines for those on the journey of grief, she obtained certificates in Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board Chairman

Ray Chavez

Ray has extensive experience in operations, information technology and customer service/support where he has lead high performance teams in exceeding profitability goals. Ray is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. Ray served on the board of English Language Ministry (ELM) and assisted with the merger with Vickery Meadow Leaning Center (VMLC), now Literacy Achieves. He is an elder at Northridge Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX

Board Member

Michael Cox

Michael joined the Faith and Grief board in July 2013. His wife passed away in February 2013, and he found this ministry to be extremely instrumental in the healing process. He wanted to use his experience and passion as an entrepreneur to further the reach of Faith and Grief to those who need the comfort and encouragement this ministry provides. Michael attended the University of Central Oklahoma for musical performance but quickly learned his passion for business equaled his passion for music. His past business successes and experience have led him to utilize his acumen for efforts with greater significance.

Board Member

Marcia Howard

Marcia is enjoying teaching English to speakers of other languages after many rewarding years of managing IT projects and organizations in large corporations. She has degrees from Oklahoma State University and the University of Texas at Dallas. Having served as a Presbyterian elder and deacon, Marcia appreciates the ongoing comfort that Faith & Grief Ministries brings to congregations.

Board Member

Stanley Larson

Stanley, born in Raymondville, Texas, is a 2nd generation Lutheran pastor who has served Lutheran churches in Kansas and Texas. After marrying a Presbyterian pastor, Rev. Kris Crawford, he served as interim pastor for several Presbyterian churches in Arkansas. He loves sharing her three children and now five grandchildren. Stan currently ministers to the congregation at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Shreveport, La. and has served there for over nine years.

Board Member

Annette Lentz

Annette is retired from a career in sales with extensive experience in business and consumer media advertising, healthcare marketing, business development and event planning. She is currently transitioning her focus to wellness programming with a goal of touching lives in more personal ways. She currently leads yoga and meditation classes for seniors. She is a member of Saint Michael & All Angles Episcopal Church where she served on their first Faith & Grief Ministries gathering leadership team. She graduated from Texas A&M.

Board Member

Rebecca Lones

Rebecca is a graduate of Baylor University. She is an active member of Highland Park United Methodist Church and has served in leadership roles in the United Methodist Women and her Sunday School Class at the church. Rebecca has a desire to help others and has been inspired by Faith & Grief’s work to allow sorrow and healing in the midst of loss and to encourage connection with others through faith.

Board Member

Susan McDaniel

Susan, raised in a military family, attended UNT, then settled in Dallas. She worked as a sales executive and branch manager for a Dallas IT support company for 25 years. Retirement led her into volunteer work, first as an elementary school tutor. Susan’s grief around the loss of her husband, Ronn, at age 49 drew her to join the F&GM Gathering team at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. She has capably led that ministry for 6 years, and finds that her faith and understanding of grief have grown exponentially in the process.

Board Member

Lynn Meggers

Lynn is controller of PayVision Online, Inc. a Payroll and Human Capital Management company and currently serves on the PHPC Foundation board. She is an energetic marketer with skills in team building, strategic marketing, event creation and execution, and marketing to ultra-high network private and institutional clients, having worked at JP Morgan in international forums. Lynn has served on local boards: Child Care Answers, Dallas Business Committee for the Arts, and the Downtown Dallas Marketing Committee.

Board Member

Mike Shaw

Mike was led to become a Stephen Minister in 2005 after his middle son, Bryce, died in 2004. He became a Stephen Leader in 2007. Sensing his experience as a griever could help others, Mike started a twice annual Grief Group at Grace Presbyterian Church in Plano in 2011. Realizing everyone has unique needs and talents he became a Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths Coach and Trainer in 2015, after an extensive leadership career in retail management. CliftonStrengths is helpful in relationships, businesses, faith communities and learning environments.

 

TEAM LEADERS & STAFF
Marketing Coordinator & Brand Manager

Judson Watkins

Bio coming soon.

Host Liaison & Administrator

Susan Ingle

Community Educator

Regina Hunt

Regina grew up in Ohio and moved to Texas after the loss of her business partner. After a long career in retail buying and change management/training, she earned certificates in spiritual direction and lay ministry. In her work in spiritual direction and as an elder in the Presbyterian church (PC)USA, she felt called to support those who have experienced the loss of loved ones. In her work with Faith & Grief, she has accompanied many on their journey through grief and continues to be inspired and honored by those who share themselves and their stories in search of healing.

Facilitator

Diane Pennington