Leadership

  • Don Nordin
    Don Nordin
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Michael Vecchio
    Michael Vecchio
    Chief Operations Officer
  • Blake Paul
    Blake Paul
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Jessica Vecchio
    Jessica Vecchio
    Corporate Trainer
  • Chelsea Hernandez
    Chelsea Hernandez
    Executive Director of Saving Grace Texas
  • Deanna Trujillo
    Deanna Trujillo
    Executive Director of Saving Grace Florida
  • Kelly diTrapano
    Kelly diTrapano
    Executive Director of Saving Grace Mississippi
  • Kim Hood
    Kim Hood
    Executive Director of Saving Grace Tennessee
  • Robyn Durham
    Robyn Durham
    Executive Director of Saving Grace Arkansas
  • Kayla Hulett
    Kayla Hulett
    Corporate Marketing Director
  • Jamie Pettigrew
    Jamie Pettigrew
    Corporate Admissions Director

Blog & News

Don Nordin
Chief Executive Officer

Don Nordin has more than 38 years of experience as a lead pastor. He is married to Susan Ashcraft Nordin and together they have two grown children and five grandchildren. Don and Susan oversee CT Church in Houston, a multi-cultural and multi-generational congregation, which has grown to encompass six campuses under their leadership. Pastor Nordin also holds a bachelor of ministry degree. His apostolic anointing and pastor’s heart motivate his visionary leadership.

Pastor Nordin’s denominational peers have elected him to a host of leadership roles during the course of his pastoral ministry. These include various executive level positions and committee chairmanships, including the position of CEO for Project Hope and Saving Grace in 2014. Pastor Nordin is an entrepreneurial leader. Donors have committed tens of millions of dollars to kingdom projects under his care.

Pastor Nordin’s two books, “Working at God’s Altar” and “The Audacity of Prayer,” have inspired thousands. He is the founder and president of Global Ministries Network (gmnonline.org) which credentials ministers and oversees the work of member churches.

Pastor Nordin travels extensively conducting revivals, altar worker training seminars, board and staff training, teaches on effective church structures and much more!

Each year Don and Susan host Empowerment Conference at CT Church. Empowerment Conference is a top-tier preaching and resourcing event. It draws hundreds of ministers from all over the world. Empowerment Conference features some of the premier speakers in today’s Pentecostal circles.

 

Michael Vecchio
Chief Operations Officer

Michael Vecchio has served as the COO for Project Hope and Saving Grace since 2017, and has been in full-time ministry since 2013. Michael previously served as the Executive Director for Project Hope, as well as the Marketing Director for Project Hope and Saving Grace. He graduated from the program of Long Island Adult & Teen Challenge, New York, in January 2013 and endeavors to see men and women experience the same freedom from addiction that he has. Michael serves together in ministry with his wife, Jessica, and they currently reside in Houston, TX.

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Blake Paul
Chief Financial Officer

Blake has been in ministry for over 30 years and is a teacher of the Word and a gifted administrator. He has served on staff at churches in Arkansas and Texas in almost every role except Lead Pastor.

Blake currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for CT Nation in Houston Texas. Blake is a graduate of Henderson State University in Arkadelphia Arkansas and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in management and a minor in accounting and a bachelor’s degree in secondary business education.

In June 2003, Blake and his wife, Susan, started LBP Management LLC. A consulting firm that specializes in nonprofits. As it expanded in 2019 the name was changed to Paul Consulting Solutions, LLC. Blake and Susan’s bonus daughter joined the business in 2019 also and now works full time helping our clients. The emphasis of the business is to come along side Pastors and ministries in the areas of finance, bookkeeping, management, administration, ministry development, event planning, and volunteer assimilation. We currently serve many clients in roles from Outsourced CFO to recruiting and placing volunteers. Blake and Susan love the opportunity to partner with ministries and help lead them to become excellent.

They have had a friendship with Jay McSwain, the founder and author of PLACE Ministries, for over 15 years and the opportunity to teach the PLACE curriculum in churches, district offices, events, and most recently in prison. In the first year of teaching PLACE at Christian Temple, Susan and her team placed 164 new volunteers in ministry. PLACE is a game changer if you need more volunteers involved in ministry. Blake and Susan are also certified facilitators with Marriage on The Rock by Jimmy Evans and XO Ministries.

Blake and Susan live in Pearland Texas. They have two sons, Caleb and Joshua. Caleb is married to Randi Lynn and they have 3 sons and live in Pearland Texas. Joshua is married to Hunter Raine and they have one son and one daughter and live in Plano Texas.

Jessica Vecchio
Corporate Trainer

Jessica Vecchio currently serves as the Corporate Trainer for Project Hope and Saving Grace Women’s Home. She has previously held the positions of Corporate Marketing Director, and Executive Director. In 2020 Jessica helped to pioneer Saving Grace Women’s Home in Baker, FL, before making the move back to Houston, TX. Jessica has a passion for those that are lost, as she has also experienced freedom from a decades long addiction to drugs and alcohol. She works alongside her husband, Michael, and desires to train up the next generation of leaders in recovery ministry. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her dogs; Lola and Allie, and her cat’s; Amelia, Autumn, Maisy and Baby G.

Chelsea Hernandez
Executive Director of Saving Grace Texas

Chelsea Hernandez is the Executive Director for Saving Grace Texas. She has served in ministry for over 10 years and has been on staff for over 5 years. She has worked in several different areas of our ministry including; finance, public relations, marketing, and admissions. Her goal and mission is to help the women at Saving Grace find their identity in Christ. Chelsea also has a husband who works alongside her in ministry, and together they have one baby girl, Abigail.

Her life verse is Philippians 1:6 “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

Deanna Trujillo
Executive Director of Saving Grace Florida

Deanna is a mom of three amazing children Austin, Adriana and Ashley who are a huge part of her story! She is a 2012 graduate of Pensacola Teen Challenge, where she served on staff as the Education Coordinator for 3 years. Her heart to serve the Lord sent her abroad and she served as a missionary overseas under Reimagine for approximately 3 years. Deanna was recently serving at the San Antonio, TX campus of Adult and Teen Challenge as a Senior Staff leading the Marketing and Development Department. In May 2021 Deanna relocated to Baker, Florida where she now serves as the Executive Director of Saving Grace Florida! Deanna knows that it was her relationship with her Lord and Savior that transformed her heart and mind and wants to share that same gift with ladies still struggling. Deanna desires to see women walk out freedom from all life controlling struggles and be healed at the root.

Kelly diTrapano
Executive Director of Saving Grace Mississippi

Kelli diTrapano was rescued from the grips of addiction in 2015 and went into full time ministry after graduating from Adult and Teen Challenge of Knoxville. She served as the education director for three years, followed by intake director, public relations outreach coordinator, and program director. The opportunity opened up for her and her family to relocate and become executive director at our Mississippi center in September of 2021. Her husband Zach works alongside her in ministry. After experiencing redemption and restoration through Jesus, her mission is to see others receive that same freedom, healing, and walk out the calling and purpose in their lives.

Matthew 4:19 And He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Kim Hood
Executive Director of Saving Grace Tennessee

Kim struggled with addiction for 15 years before arriving in Knoxville in July 2013 where she entered and completed a faith-based recovery program. God used that ministry to change her life and since then she has served in every area of the ministry; from thrift store manager to marketing director, to co-director with her husband at a men’s center before returning back to TN where it all started. She is married and splits her time between TN and South Carolina where her daughter and family live.

Robyn Durham
Executive Director of Saving Grace Arkansas

Robyn Durham is the Executive Director for Saving Grace Arkansas. She went through Adult and Teen Challenge in Ozark, MO in 2016 and has been serving in ministry since 2017. Her heart is to see others’ lives changed and experience the same freedom that God gave her, a life free from addiction and homelessness. She is a Certified Peer Specialist, Ordained minister, and is going to college for Social Work. Robyn is married to her best friend Samuel who is one of her biggest supporters and they have a baby girl named Stella.

Other than directing she loves to be a part of the community, go hiking, and spend time with her family.

Her life verse is Luke 1:45, “Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her.”

Kayla Hulett
Corporate Marketing Director

Kayla Hulett serves as the Corporate Marketing Director. She currently oversees many aspects of ministry teams and marketing for the ministry – Kayla graduated from Teen Challenge Women’s Ministry in Mississippi in 2013 and has continued with a career in recovery ministry.

As a graduate, she has a passion for seeing the lives of the students in the program restored. She has seen Acts 16:31 play out in her own family. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” Her ongoing determination and relentless faith have led to the salvation of her family. As a result, she has custody of her little sister and her father has come to know Christ as his personal Savior.

When not at work, you will likely find Kayla enjoying time with her husband, Donovan Hulett and their girls, Rylee Grace and Baylee.