Ministry Leadership

Our Executive Team

Mary Lee Mason


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 Kirk


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.

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.

Our Directors

Carrie L. Johnson


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.

Esther Remling


Esther Remling serves as a board member and the Hospitality Director for New Heart of Texas Ministries. She has been happily married to her husband Rick for 39 years. They are parents of two wonderful children. For the past three decades, she has held various roles on several church kitchen committees. Her passion is not only to feed the five thousand but to also feed their souls. Esther brings her gift of cooking to serve at the retreats. Esther is our head chef and joyfully combines cooking and ministering to the participants on Grief to Grace and occasionally Rachel’s Vineyard retreats. Esther’s husband joins on the retreats as time permits.

Other Members

Wayne Mason


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.