Board Members

frpecchie2Fr. Paul Pecchie, Spiritual Advisor

Fr Pecchie was born May 1, 1968 in Flushing, New York to Italian Irish parents with 3 older sisters     and a younger brother. He was educated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood Long Island, the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn for high school education and the Vincentians for college. He entered the college Seminary in 1988 and studied Moral Theology at St Vincent de Paul Seminary. He received instruction and motivation while in the seminary from Fr. John Hardon. He moved to Florida with his parents in 1990 where he transferred to the Seminary in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. He was ordained a priest May 20, 1995 and was assigned to Holy Family Parish in St. Petersburg.frpecchiePope

While there he was a Master of Ceremony and taught freshmen and junior classes at St. Petersburg Catholic High School. In 1999 he became the Associate Pastor at St. Stephen’s in Valrico Florida where he also served as Director of Liturgy and School Chaplain. In addition to these duties, he taught 5th and 6th grade Honors and Religion Classes for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. In 2004 he was appointed Pastor of St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Largo where he also oversees the Catholic school functions.

Anyone who has had the privilege of hearing him speak can attest to his untiring defense of the unborn and his no-nonsense Catholicism. His homilies at Mass are both powerful and unapologetically centered on the teachings of the Magisterium. Children of God for Life is deeply blessed and honored to have this holy good shepherd to guide us.

Fr Zimmerman

Fr Zimmerman


Fr. Anthony Zimmerman, STD

Former Spiritual Director – RIP May 19, 2006
Retired Professor of Moral Theology at the Divine Word Seminary of Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan

Father Zimmerman was ordained in 1946 and spent most of his life as a missionary priest in Japan, where he has now been laid to rest. As a retired professor of moral theology from the Divine Word Seminary, which is affiliated with Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan. Father Zimmerman ardently loved the Roman Catholic Church in complete fidelity to the Magisterium,. He never feared to walk where angels tread – always ready to explore new territory where doctrine and science interact – or sometimes clash!

Fr. Zimmerman was an expert on population issues, natural family planning and was the author of several books and many articles. He brought Blessed Mother Teresa to Japan in 1981 and 1982 to oppose abortion and help the nation become more friendly towards natural family planning.

He was a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He was a staunch supporter of the family and our fight to obtain ethical alternatives to aborted fetal cell line vaccines. He was a champion for the unborn, the weak and the oppressed, but much more, he is now, without question, a saint in heaven still advocating for all of us. He will be dearly missed, but his legacy will live on in thousands of his published articles. Well done good and faithful servant!.

Debi Vinnedge

Debi Vinnedge


Debi Vinnedge, President and Executive Director

Founder, Children of God for Life 1999

Debi Vinnedge is the Executive Director of Children of God for Life, a non-profit, pro-life organization focused on the bioethic issues of human cloning, embryonic and fetal tissue research. In addition she serves as a member of the Board at Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute and her organization is an official member of the American Life League Associates program.

Ms Vinnedge is a nationally recognized author and speaker and has provided written testimony for Congressional hearings on embryonic stem cell research. She introduced the Fair Labeling and Informed Consent Act to members of the US House and Senate, legislation that protects religious rights, moral conscience and requires informed consent on medical products using aborted fetal or embryonic materials.

She has appeared on both local and national television programs and has been a guest speaker on major national television and radio broadcasts, including Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes,Vatican Radio, Ave Maria Radio, EWTN, Human Life International and Living His Life Abundantly. Her work has been featured in leading Catholic publications such as Our Sunday Visitor, New Covenant Magazine, EWTN Question and Answers, EWTN’s Ethics in Healthcare, American Life League’s Celebrate Life, the National Catholic Register, Human Life International Reports and numerous diocesan newsletters and periodicals, including the Vatican’s Medicini e Morale.

Ms Vinnedge is considered the foremost authority on the use of aborted fetal cell lines in medical products and vaccines. Her organization’s Campaign for Ethical Vaccines has gained the backing of over 638,000 supporters nationwide including numerous medical professionals, pro-life organizations, religious and political groups. The organization has provided assistance and educational materials to over 2 dozen foreign countries.

Ms. Vinnedge currently resides in Largo, FL. She has been married 39 years and has 2 children and 6 grandchildren.

Judie Brown

Judie Brown


Judie Brown
, Vice President of Pro-Life Activities

Personal Note From Judie:

“Children of God for Life has made an enormous difference to parents throughout our nation, as they seek answers to tough questions regarding whether or not to obtain vaccinations for their children when the vaccines are produced using fetal body parts from aborted children. Seeking positive alternative vaccines and pressing pharmaceutical firms to stop marketing such ghoulish products is what makes Children of God for Life such an asset to all of us who struggle defend and protect our most vulnerable brothers and sisters in Christ – the pre-born.”

Academic History:
St. Mary’s Academy 1958-1962
El Camino Junior College 1962-1963
University of California – Los Angeles 1963-1965
New York Management School 1976-1977

Honors:
Knights of Columbus Service Award (1976)
Outstanding Young Women in America (1979 & 1980)
Protector Award, Pro-Life Action League (1982)
Most Admired Conservative Woman Not in Congress (1983 and 1984)
Life Leader Award, Greater Pittsburgh March for Life (1985)
Honorary Doctor of Humanities, Valley Christian University (1985)
International Human Life Award, Human Life International (1990)
Friend of the Youth Award, Diocese of Monterey , California (1991)
Solution of Hope Award, Mom’s House (1995)
Rosemary Schrode Respect Life Award, Kentucky State Council – Knights of Columbus (1996)
Elected to Top 100 Catholics of the Century by Daily Catholic (1999)
Michael Award, Crossroads, Inc., (2000)
Certificate of Appreciation, Pro-Life Philippines Foundation, (2000)
Disciple for Christ Award, Rachel’s Vineyard, (2002)
Plaque of Appreciation, St. Matthew’s Respect Life group, North Carolina , (2002)

Associations (Member/Advisor):
Corresponding Member, Pontifical Academy for Life
EWTN Experts Forum
Pro-Life National Coordination in Ecuador
Legatus
National Lawyers Association
Scholars for Social Justice
Saints’ Stories, Inc. (Honorary Board of Directors)
Catholic Association of Scientists & Engineers
The Intercollegiate Federation for Life
Cardinal Newman Society
Lady of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
World Federation of Doctors Who Respect Human Life, U.S. Section Secretary
Citizens United Resisting Euthanasia
Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
Honorary Advisor of The Society of Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla
100% Pro Life PAC (Advisor)
Publications:
Celebrate Life magazine (Formerly ALL About Issues) – Publisher – 1979-1996
It Is I Who Have Chosen You – 1997 Autobiography by Judie Brown
Choices in matters of life & death 1987 Book by Judie Brown with Paul Brown
Veritatis Splendor: A Study Guide by Judie Brown
Contraception and Abortion by Judie Brown
Abortion Your Risks by Judie Brown
Moral and Logical Arguments by Judie Brown & Robert Evangelisto
Exceptions: “Abandoning the Least of These” by Judie Brown & Brian Young
Life Guide Series: by Judie Brown

Dr. Robert Saxer

Dr. Robert Saxer


Robert J. Saxer, MD, Past Vice President

Deacon Robert Saxer, M.D. is Past-President of the National Catholic Medical Association and Co-Founder of the Florida Catholic Medical Association. He is also a member of PFCC (Physicians for Compassionate Care), a co-leader for the annual mass for healthcare providers and is presently on sabatical from his medical practice to promote pro-life causes.  Dr. Saxer was instrumental in developing the CMA resolution which petitions the pharmaceutical industry to develop vaccines that do not utilize aborted fetal tissue and encourages Catholic physicians to use existing options whenever possible for those offering an ethical alternative.

Studies
Undergraduate
B.S. Biology Cum Laude, Springhill College, Mobile, Ala. 1953
B.A. Theology Summa Cum Laude, Saint Leo College Florida, 1984
Graduate:
Doctor of Medicine, St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri 1957
Postdoctoral Training
Internship St. Louis County Hospital, Clayton, Missouri 1957-1958
Pediatric Residency
Fitzsimmons Army Hospital- Univ. Colorado, Denver, Colorado 1961-1963
Bioethics (Diocesan Pilot Program)
Pope John 23rd Center St. Louis, Missouri 1981-82

In June of 1995 Dr. Saxer left the active practice of Pediatrics to pursue, full time, the promotion of the Pro-life cause. He has worked closely with the Florida Catholic Conference especially in the promotion of Pro-Family legislation. There they also work with a coalition of Pro-life groups such as Fl. Right to Life, Christian Coalition and Eagle Forum. He serves on the Catholic State Respect Life Committee as well as being the legislative liaison for the Fl. Catholic Medical Association. He is a member of the Catholic Leadership Conference, a group composed of the heads of national Catholic organizations who are in positions of influence in business, education science, politics and the arts. Dr. Saxer and his wife Joyce have 5 children and 14 grandchildren.

jayJay Carpenter, MD, Vice President

Dr. Jay Carpenter is on the founding Board of Directors for Professionals for Excellence in Health Care, a group of physicians, attorneys, nurses, pharmacists, and related health care professionals dedicated to the ethical treatment of persons, born and unborn. Dr. Carpenter entered into private practice in Internal Medicine in 1984 in Clearwater, FL.

In 2013 Dr Carpenter was chosen by the Vatican to receive Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice –  the highest award conferred upon members of the laity by the Holy See.

Graduate:  Stanford University, 1976
University of Minnesota Medical School, 1980
Professional:
Former Chief of Staff, Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, FL
President and Medical Director, La Clinica Guadalupana, a pro-life medical clinic assisting the indigent and Hispanic community
Medical Consultant – Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg
Medical Consultant – Fertility Care Services of Tampa Bay
Medical Consultant and NFP Instructor – Creighton Model of Fertility Care
Member Knights of Columbus
Personal
Jay is married to Jana Carpenter, RN and the father of eight home-schooled children.

Jan Halisky, Esq. | Secretary-Treasurer
View his interview on EWTN with Fr Mitch Pacwa

Attorney at law with practice in Clearwater, Florida, 1974 to the present; president of the Pinellas County (Florida) Right to Life Committee from 1976 to the present; president of the Florida Right to Life Committee from 1981 through 1984; chairman of the Florida Right to Life Political Action Committee (PAC) from 1984 through 1988; vice-president of The Kimberly Home, a crisis pregnancy center, 1980 – 1995; member of Lawyers for Life; member of the board of directors and vice-president of La Clinica Guadalupana, a clinic providing free medical services for the poor; member of the team of lawyers who, over a five year period, attempted to save the life of Terri Schiavo. He is the father of eleven children.  Watch Mr. Halisky’s interview with Fr Mitch Pacwa, EWTN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxegQcoHyWU


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