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
  • Jessica Austin
    Jessica Austin
    Executive Director of Saving Grace Texas
  • Deanna Trujillo
    Deanna Trujillo
    Executive Director of Saving Grace Florida
  • Chelsea Hernandez
    Chelsea Hernandez
    Corporate Admissions Director

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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.

Jessica Austin
Executive Director of Saving Grace Texas

Jessica Austin is the Executive Director of Saving Grace Women’s Home in Houston, Texas. She has been in ministry since 2015, serving with organizations like Adult & Teen Challenge in San Jose, CA . She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Grand Canyon University. Jessica accepted her current role in November 2020, and made the move across the country with her husband, Ed, and daughter, Alexis. When she is not working, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family. Her life verse is 2 Corinthians 12:9: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

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.

Chelsea Hernandez
Corporate Admissions Director

Chelsea Hernandez is the Intake Director for Saving Grace Texas and Florida. She has served in ministry for over 10 years and has been on staff for nearly 5 years. Other than intake she assists in administration, mentors students, leads a fundraiser crew and runs a purity group with senior students. 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.”