Meet Our Board of Directors
Mary Lee Mason
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Mary Lee Mason is the Founder and President of New Heart of Texas Ministries. She has a passion for this ministry as she herself had an abortion. After years of emotional turmoil, she was miraculously healed through the awesome power of God while attending a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. God catapulted her into a pro-life ministry where she began facilitating Rachel’s Vineyard retreats in 2006. She volunteered her time with a pregnancy resource center and later served as the Director of both the Hope Pregnancy Center in Killeen, Texas and the Pregnancy Help Center in Katy, Texas. In addition to being an active speaker and teacher at many women’s conferences she has served as a phone coach on national helplines for abortion recovery. In 2013 God called Mary Lee to launch New Heart of Texas Ministries to provide hope and healing through Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats. After hearing many stories of abuse and trauma from retreat participants, Mary Lee led New Heart of Texas Ministries to offer a second program, Grief to Grace, healing the wounds of abuse. She currently facilitates numerous Rachel’s Vineyard and Grief to Grace Retreats through New Heart of Texas Ministries and helps to train and mentor other sites in Texas and abroad.
Betsy serves as the Treasurer for New Heart of Texas Ministries. She is devoted to her husband of over forty years; a proud mother of three and doting grandmother of six grandchildren.
In each church home, Betsy has felt called to serve God by strengthening families and empowering women. She put her accounting degree to work for God by offering financial counseling to families struggling to budget and get out of debt. Betsy has hosted multiple women’s Bible studies, exploring with women how God’s word speaks to them specifically and how they can uniquely respond to Him. She feels blessed for the opportunity to work with New Heart to encourage women with God’s healing compassion, reassuring forgiveness and steadfast love.
Cynthia serves as the New Heart of Texas Ministries board secretary. Currently a grant accountant in the education industry, Cynthia has served 16 years managing revenue cycles in the healthcare field. After attending the Rachel’s Vineyard retreat in May 2017 followed by the Grief to Grace retreat in January 2018, Cynthia felt God placed a purpose-filled calling on her life to serve New Heart of Texas Ministries. As a new member of the board, she is now able to be a part of the ministry’s mission in helping others heal from the trauma of abortion and/or abuse. Cynthia has volunteered in different capacities of the ministry for the past three years. With a Bachelor of Business in Accounting, Cynthia has a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and plans to pursue her CPA license. During her free time, Cynthia enjoys working out, spending time with her 23-year-old son as well as with other family members and friends.
Terri Baxter is the director of H3Helpline. She is the former director and founder of Riverside Pregnancy Center in Denver, CO where she served for 10 years. Terri also has nine years experience in managing and training an abortion recovery phone line. She has had the privilege of answering and talking to thousands of hurting people and assisting them in finding hope and healing resources. She has taught and led numerous recovery groups and has helped with weekend recovery programs. Terri has her own story of Help, Hope, and Healing after abortion. Terri teaches, trains and mentors in churches, at Pregnancy Centers and wherever she can to help others know how to reach out to those in pain.
Stephanie De Los Santos
Stephanie De Los Santos serves as the New Heart of Texas Ministries board secretary. Currently a marketing director in the education industry, Stephanie has dedicated more than 22 years in the education field, eight-plus years teaching and 12 years as a communications administrator. After attending the Rachel’s Vineyard retreat in February 2017 followed by the Grief to Grace retreat in July 2017, Stephanie knew that God was calling her to serve others through the New Heart of Texas Ministries and has been serving ever since in various capacities. In addition to serving on the board, she has helped establish and serves as the leader of the organization’s Prayer Team Ministry, which was instituted at the end of 2019. She has also been instrumental in providing guidance with NHT’s communications and marketing efforts. With a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media and Spanish and a Master of Education from Houston Baptist University, Stephanie is currently working on her doctorate’s degree in Community Counseling with emphasis on marriage and family. Stephanie is not only a single mom of a college graduate, college student and a middle school student, but she is also a blessed grandmother of two.
Carrie L. Johnson, LPC, LPDC
Carrie Johnson is a board member and Counseling Director for New Heart of Texas. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Carrie is a member of the American Counseling Association and National Association of Trauma Professionals. She serves as the lead therapist for Grief to Grace retreats and helps train other Grief to Grace sites for New Heart of Texas. She previously served as Volunteer Director of Stephen’s Ministry at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX. Carrie has done extensive work in the area of Trauma and PTSD and was the owner of Eyes of Faith Counseling Center in Houston, TX. She has spent 25 years in Corporate America and currently works for a major insurance company in Los Angeles, CA. Carrie splits her time between residences in Houston and Los Angeles with her husband Charles (US Army Col. Retired) and their 4 children.
Blake Nichols is the spiritual director for New Heart of Texas. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of Waller Baptist Church after joining the staff in 2011 as Pastor of Students. In pastoral ministry since 1987, Blake said it was when he was at a youth camp in Mobile, Alabama that he felt God calling him to be a pastor. Prior to relocating to Waller, Blake served as a Church Planter with New Vision Baptist Church in Smyrna, Tennessee and before that as the Next Generation Pastor at Colonial Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas. Blake earned his master’s degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1991. He and his wife Rebecca have been married since 1994 and have four beautiful daughters, Samantha, Sydnie, Sara and Shae.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Wayne Mason is a Board Member at Large. He is married to Mary Lee Mason the President and Founder of New Heart of Texas Ministries and was instrumental in helping her to start the ministry. Since the ministry’s founding, Wayne has worked in an unofficial capacity as an advisor to the board, helping to shape the board’s professional development and providing sound business advice when needed. Wayne is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel currently working in the oil and gas industry and brings with him years of leadership and business experience. He has served in leadership positions at his church home and in business. Watching God’s miraculous healing of so many retreat participants has given Wayne a passion to grow the ministry’s capacity to heal those feeling the pain of abuse and abortion.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Erica Rivera is a Board Member at Large. Her obedience led her to attend a New Heart of Texas Rachel Vineyard’s retreat in 2016 as a training for the Pregnancy Health Center—at the time, she volunteered as a PHC coordinator. Erica has held various leadership roles at her local church. Her passion for international and local missions opened the door for her to serve as a missions coordinator. Erica was born and raised in El Salvador, but when she came to the United States, she fell in love with its beauty and its people. Her heart’s desire is to help lead people from all walks of life in finding true healing and freedom. Erica is currently working in the oil and gas industry and brings with her years of leadership and business experience. She also serves on the New Heart prayer team.
Marshall Rorie, LPCS
Marshall Rorie has been a Christian licensed professional counselor for more than 21 years. Prior to counseling, Marshall was a school teacher and administrator for 15 years. Currently, he manages Renewing Hope Counseling, a 13-member counseling practice in West Houston. He loves what he does and enjoys watching the Lord do His work in the lives of people. Marshall was saved at age 12 in a Baptist church and has enjoyed attending various types of churches over the years. He currently attends BridgePoint Bible Church in west Houston. Marshall has been married to Teresa for 40 years and has four adult children and nine grandchildren. He has lived in the Houston area for 30 years. Marshall enjoys teaching Sunday School, singing at church, engaging in outdoor activities like hunting and baseball, and collecting Thomas Kincaid. He also loves lighthouses.