Board of Directors

Sheila Boyle

Sheila began working in prolife ministry in 1988 as a sidewalk counselor. She went on to become the founder and director of 2 pregnancy centers, one in Pittsburgh, PA and one in Washington, PA. Her burden for women who have been wounded by abortion has motivated her to be part of abortion recovery efforts such as Deeper Still. Sheila has served in various aspects of the prolife movement including training consultant for Heartbeat International, LifeSteward Ministries and as chairman of the PA Prolife Care Coalition. Sheila has also worked in women’s ministry and youth ministry in her local church. She has five children and lives in Washington, PA.

Kurt Dillinger

Kurt Dillinger is the founder and President of LIFE International. LIFE establishes life-giving ministries wherever abortion services are provided around the world. Kurt served for nine years as Executive Director of the Pregnancy Resource Centers in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He speaks passionately about fulfilling the great commission by entering the global mission field created by abortion. Kurt lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Gail.


A. Ellison

Mr. Ellison, on the internet and locally, is known as the founder and president of Ellison Management, a real estate investment and management company with holdings inside and outside the continental US. He is known for his expertise in governance and leadership development with various non-profits and international NGOs. He also travels extensively around the world – in many non-western countries – cultivating a culture of prayer, intimacy with the Father, and expectancy that the Father will do great things both in and through His global bride – the people Mr. Ellison visits and serves.

Karen A. Ellison

Karen is the Founder and President of Deeper Still. She first entered pregnancy center ministry in 1985. She has served as an executive director of a pregnancy center in Virginia Beach, VA, a national trainer for Care Net, and as vice president of Alternatives Group (now LifeSteward Ministries). Karen has served in the area of post abortion healing for many years and out of those experiences has developed the Deeper Still retreat.



Sharon Kinder

Sharon began working with Deeper Still in the fall of 2002. The deep desire and passion of her heart is to see women healed and walking in complete freedom from past abortions. Sharon and her husband, Gary are active members of Two Rivers Church in Knoxville, TN. Together they have seven children and four beautiful grandchildren. In her spare time, Sharon works as the Office Manager for her husband’s busy dental practice.


Carla Martin

Carla grew up in Memphis, TN. After graduating from college, she joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ and served there for 12 years. Currently, she enjoys caring for her husband Lee, and their 3 children, and volunteering at their school. They attend Two Rivers Church where Carla has previously served on the women’s ministry retreat team. Carla also serves as a team member for the Deeper Still retreats. She has a heart for evangelism, missions, and discipling women in the foundations of the faith. Carla is the Chairman of the Board of Deeper Still.


Bill Velker

Bill serves as vice president for LIFE International. His journey in the mission field created by abortion began in ’95 as a men’s ministry coordinator with a local post abortion ministry. Two years later he began working for a pregnancy center and has been involved in ministry nationally and internationally for the past eleven years in various roles encompassing operations, administration, finance, development and prayer. He also participates as a board member of the Alliance for Life Michigan, a state coalition of pregnancy centers. Bill carries a strong desire to help encourage others in the prolife community to cultivate prayer and worship as a primary focus and source of strength in their ministry. In addition Bill is helping Deeper Still develop awareness and healing resources for men wounded by abortion.

Debi Velker

Debi serves as Advancement Coordinator for LIFE International, helping to inspire others to invest in equipping leaders to multiply life-giving ministries worldwide. She has been a part of the LIFE team since its inception in 2001 and previously worked for six years at the Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Rapids in administration and development. For the past few years, she has passionately joined with the network of prayer warriors praying strategically for Deeper Still retreats and the healing of women and men with abortion-wounded hearts. Debi also finds great joy in serving alongside her husband Bill in ministry work and family life.


Calvin Dillinger

calvinHeadshotCalvin grew up in Grand Rapids, MI. After completing his degree in Business at Lee University, Calvin moved to Knoxville, TN to join the Knoxville Fellows Program.  He has a passion for networking and educating the next generation in Life related issues. Calvin resides in downtown Knoxville and has a heart for discipleship and evangelism. Calvin currently serves as the Director of Client Services at Crown Financial Ministries based in of Lawrenceville, GA.

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