Bill Burke is the Executive Pastor at Grace Chapel and has been on staff since October of 2004. In his role, he functions as the leader of the pastoral and ministry staff organization. He loves the opportunity to work closely with staff and volunteers to align their passions, gifts and approaches with the vision and mission of Grace – increasing the effectiveness of the ministry and allowing them to sense the true joy that comes with being used powerfully by God to achieve His goals through them.
Prior to joining the staff, Bill had a 29-year business career focused on human resource consulting for major business organizations. For the last 11 of those years, Bill was a partner with Ernst & Young in their Human Capital practice and was based in the Indianapolis office. Through this time, he was very active and involved in his local church serving in numerous volunteer capacities including treasurer, mission trip leader and chairman of the elder board. In recent years, Bill and his wife, Terri, sensed God leading them into full-time ministry – to use their gifts, skills and passions to advance the ministry of the local church.
One of the things Bill loves about his job is that he gets to see and support God’s people in action, advancing the Kingdom through hands-on ministry. He was so inspired by the vision and work of Hope for Our Sisters that he agreed to serve on the Advisory Board.
Grace Chen, MD
Dr. Grace Chen provides comprehensive care for the evaluation and medical, behavioral or surgical treatment of women with gynecologic issues in general and specifically pelvic floor disorders, including fistula. She is well-versed in traditional surgical and non-surgical management practices as well as innovative minimally invasive techniques.
In addition to clinical and surgical responsibilities, Dr. Chen also incorporates educating residents and fellows into her practice. She has received teaching awards and serves as a mentor for gynecology residents and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellows in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Chen is also active in scientific research, specifically in obstetric fistula and surgical education. She has received training specifically in the care of obstetric fistula patients and fistula surgery in Ethiopia, and has active research projects in the United States, India, and Nepal. She has several publications in peer reviewed medical journals and book chapters. This has also led to active participation and presentation at national meetings including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Urogynecologic Society, the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, and the International Continence Society.
Cynthia Fantasia has served on staff at Grace Chapel since 1989. She currently serves as Pastor of Service and Women. Ordained in 2007, Cynthia receiver her Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 2005. The focus of her study was “Effective Ministries to Women.”
Cynthia oversees a ministry that reaches and teaches over 500 women weekly. She lectures at a weekly Bible study, and speaks at conference and retreats nationally and internationally. During the summer of 2005, she visited Nigeria, addressing women’s health and spiritual issues, and was the keynote speaker at two Nigerian women’s conferences.
A contributing author in Mothers Have Angel Wings by Carol Kent, and What We’ve Learned So Far by Lucinda McDowell. She has also co-authored many Bible Studies that are being used in various churches across the country. Cynthia serves on the Board of Directors of Hagar’s Sisters, a ministry that supports women in abusive relationships. She has a hunger to see God honored, to see women grow to their God-given potential, and to see the Church respond to the needs in our world.
Cynthia is married to her best friend, Bob. They have three adult children and five “perfect” grandchildren. Her favorite activities are long walks, reading great books, vacation time in their beloved Kennebunkport, and learning about life through the eyes of their grandchildren.