Jeannie Scott Smith speaks with passion and authority to groups of women on the serious and controversial issue of abortion, brokenness and the redemptive path to healing. She is well known for her compassionate heart as a pregnancy center counselor for women facing unplanned pregnancies, and for women who have suffered the tragedy of abortion. However, the road to her current position of ministry was not easy or without its struggles. She is the author of Shattered into Beautiful: Delivering the Brokenhearted from Abortion. In this book, Jeannie shares her own personal testimony.
Jeannie was one of those faces you encounter in your church every week that concealed a dreadful secret from her past. She came to realize that only Jesus could pay the price for the consequences of her abortion. She determined to cry out to God to take her biggest failure and turn it into a powerful witness that would touch the hearts of women struggling with the same issues.
In 2010, God instructed Jeannie to write about her abortion and share her testimony. As much as she enjoyed her career as a Physical Therapist Assistant, she knew God was calling her to full time ministry. She responded with obedience and God began equipping Jeannie for her kingdom purpose. Within the same year, her book Shattered into Beautiful: Delivering the Brokenhearted from Abortion was accomplished and she received her Certificate from Abortion Recovery Training Institute. God then called her out of her comfort zone and she began accepting invitations to speak for events such as Silent No More and 40 Days of Life, as well as within churches, youth conferences, and pregnancy center fundraising banquets. Although Jeannie found her greatest joy working with women on an individual basis, God was moving her to a greater arena of ministry.
In 2011, Jeannie and her husband Carter were chosen to be featured in the film Set Free as the lead testimony mirroring God’s love, mercy, and healing from the tragedy of abortion. Doors immediately began opening for further opportunities to share her testimony. To view the film trailer or purchase a DVD go to www.SetFreeTheFilm.org.
Today, Jeannie is continuing to follow where the Lord leads. She is now the Founder and CEO of Coastline Women’s Center A Pregnancy Medical Clinic in Myrtle Beach S.C. To view this ministry go to www.coastlinewomenscenter.org. Her husband Carter joins her as Co Founder with his own perspective to men as they work with couples struggling with issues that arise from unplanned pregnancies and abortion.
Jeannie believes her spiritual gifts to be that of a teacher, counselor, and encourager. She believes she can influence others based on her own life experiences and walk with God. Her mission is simply to bring the brokenhearted to the feet of Jesus. Through this process the wounded can be healed and God will be glorified.
One of her favorite quotes is “I have found that there are three great stages in the work of God: First, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.” –J Hudson Taylor She personalizes one of her favorite scriptures as “Blessed is she who believes what the Lord told her would be accomplished.” Luke 1:45, and she is most thankful that her child is in the gracious care of Jesus.
Carter grew up in Laurinburg, North Carolina and is a graduate of Richmond Community
College, Hamlet, NC and the University of Phoenix. He has been a nurse for over 16 years and has a passion to teach, counsel, sustain and protect life.
Carter also enjoys serving in Hospice providing medical, social, and spiritual support to patients and families during the end stages of life. He states, “I feel that hospice is more than a service or healthcare option. Hospice is a ministry to those who need assistance during the transition from life to death. This gives me the opportunity to be part of the patient’s death process and the lives of the family members who continue their journey through life.”
As much as Carter enjoyed his executive role in nursing he knew God was calling him to a full surrender to ministry. He now uses his medical experience to oversee Coastline Women’s Center Medical Clinic.
Carter’s desire and passion for all stages of life includes a strong determination to see the end of abortion. Carter has shared the experience of living with the brokenness of Jeannie’s abortion and how it almost destroyed their marriage. “By the grace of God, I have been given the opportunity to assist my wife through her journey of redemption, restoration, and salvation.”
Carter desires to share the hope of forgiveness, recovery, and freedom through Jesus Christ. He envisions reaching out to communities and people throughout the world to educate and counsel on this disregard for human life. “This means we must have ministries mobilized to work in concert with one another so entire communities might be reached for Christ—both locally and internationally. My vision is to partner with other pregnancy crisis centers and churches to be a worldwide catalyst for ending abortion” said Smith.
“And lastly, he continued, “my greatest passion is to fulfill the mandate God has stamped on my life: I want to be a mechanism that transforms how people think about God, how pastors think about preaching, how churches think about their communities, and how everyday believers live out their faith at home, school, and work.”
Together Carter and Jeannie stand united by God and their commitment to the Sanctity of Life. They stand firm that every life matters, has full value, and has been purposed by God. Their prayer and vision is that abortion would be abolished from the face of the earth.