Fr. Terry Gensemer – a pastor for more than 20 years in the Birmingham area – is the President and Founder of CEC For Life. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for Created Equal and as a Pastoral Associate with Priests for Life. He is Pastoral Director of the Society of Centurions, as well, a group which hosts healing retreats for those who have left the abortion industry.
He was one of the original Board Members for Life on Wheels Alabama, a ministry based around mobile ultrasound units.
His expertise includes urban ministry, racial reconciliation and pro-life youth work. As pastor of several urban churches, Fr. Gensemer has been very active in citywide pro-life activities and in efforts to reach the most vulnerable members of the inner-city community. He developed a mentoring program for at-risk families in 1999 that received national recognition.
In 2001, Fr. Gensemer became the Director of his denomination’s newly formed pro-life organization, Charismatic Episcopal Church For Life (CEC For Life). He uses his position as a denominational leader to bring unity and strategy to the Body of Christ.
Fr. Gensemer has authored many articles and his ministry has been featured in numerous magazines in the United States, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom, along with many other national and local radio and television stations and news publications. He speaks at and organizes pro-life events, youth activities, conferences and prayer vigils around the globe, especially in the United States, Brazil, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Great Britain, East Africa, Spain, France and the Philippines.
Drawing on his own years of experience with leading, pastoral counseling, and conflict resolution, Fr. Gensemer created a specialized training geared towards developing strong leaders in today’s culture titled Life & Leadership. This training has also been offered in many countries including in the United States, Spain, France, Germany, and the Philippines.
He was also featured in the cast of the 2020 pro-life film The Order of Rights. Due to his work with abortion workers coming out of the industry, Fr. Gensemer was asked to play the role of an abortionist in this court room drama.
He is married to Dr. Patricia Gensemer and has 2 daughters, Shana and Merissa, as well as 7 beautiful grandchildren.
Sarah Neely has been a pro-life advocate for twenty years and currently serves as the Executive Director of CEC For Life. Since 2012, she has also been on staff with one of the nation’s oldest pro-life organizations, Operation Rescue.
With a BFA in Creative Writing, Sarah writes articles, press releases, and fundraising letters; she composes web and social media content, and often serves as a freelance editor. Always looking for an opportunity to create, she also dabbles in designing literature and booklets.
Through her work with CEC for Life, Sarah has helped spearhead many local and national campaigns to expose and shut down abortion clinics. She helped develop CEC for Life’s program Learning to Save Lives: A Training in Sidewalk Counseling & Community Strategies. In the past, Sarah worked as a social media coordinator for other national groups as well as the pro-life film, The Order of Rights. She has been featured in publications like Ireland’s Solas Magazine.
Working with youth and young adults has also always been a part of Sarah’s ministry. She has spoken at national and international youth events as a pro-life youth leader and mentor.
Sarah is a North Carolina native but lives in Alabama with her husband, Matthew.