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Our Vision

Life assured for every baby.
Hope renewed for every family.
Lives transformed through Jesus Christ.

Our Mission:

LifeSpring Pregnancy Centers is a Christian organization dedicated to serving women with no cost and no judgment by providing services and abortion alternatives that empower mothers to choose life and families to thrive.

Who We Are

At LifeSpring Pregnancy Centers, we're more than just a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We're a beacon of hope, a refuge of compassion, and a catalyst for change in the lives of women and families across the Albemarle, Buckingham, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, and Rappahannock Virginia communities.


Since 1984, we've been on a mission fueled by love and faith, committed to walking alongside women and families navigating the challenges of unplanned pregnancies. Our foundation is built on the unwavering belief in the sanctity of life and the transformative power of Jesus Christ.

Each year, our resolve strengthens, our reach expands, and our impact deepens. Through God's grace, we provide a range of essential services with no cost or judgment. From confidential pregnancy tests and STI/STD testing to ultrasound scans and material assistance, we offer practical support and unconditional love when it's needed most.

What sets us apart is our unwavering dedication to empowering mothers to choose life and helping families not just survive, but thrive. We stand firm in our commitment to not perform or refer for abortions, nor do we function as an adoption agency. Instead, we offer a lifeline of alternatives, guidance, and resources, ensuring that every woman and family who walks through our doors is met with compassion, dignity, and respect.

Our work is made possible through the unwavering support of individuals, businesses, and the local church community. Together, we're not just changing lives; we're transforming communities. And with every heartbeat saved, every family strengthened, and every soul touched, we're fulfilling our calling to spread love, hope, and healing to those who need it most. Join us on this journey of faith, compassion, and transformation. Together, we can make a difference that lasts a lifetime and beyond.

Our History









July 1, 2022


How it Started

A meeting was held with Charlie Drew, Robert Conrad, Russell Burke, Doug Woodside, Pete Brunstetter, and Jim Houston to discuss alternatives to abortion. The steering committee included: Robert Conrad, Frank Hassler, Beverly Burger, Jane Nolan, Sherri Oster, Hank Hamilton, Jani Houston and Steve Meixel.

The Center was incorporated as a 501 (c)3 non-profit and the first Board Meeting was held in November with Andy Macfarlan, Beverly Burger, Laurel Stanley, Cindy Schoeffel, Robert Conrad, Frank Hassler and Mark Beliles. They formulated policies, raised funds, and hired Monica Gearhart as Executive Director.

Charlottesville Pregnancy Center

Volunteers were trained and the Center opened at 205 Second Street, SW, Charlottesville. The name was changed to Charlottesville Pregnancy Center.

Janet Jefferies

In 1995, through unfailing commitment, faith, vision, and determination, Dr. Janet Jefferies led the development of an innovative medical mission for The Pregnancy Centers. The first of its kind in Virginia, Dr. Jefferies enlisted the help and services of her colleagues in the medical community who shared her commitment to women and families facing times of crisis and trauma. Dedicated to the memory of Dr. Janet Jefferies, this medical ministry continues today in all of our Centers!

Culpeper Center

In August 1998, our new Culpeper Center opened its doors to clients. Lindy Dimeo was hired as our first Culpeper Director.


The Charlottesville Pregnancy Center name was changed to The Pregnancy Centers of Central Virginia.

In response to the high teen pregnancy rate in Orange and the relatively high number of abortions in that community, the Board decided to open a new satellite Center in Orange. It opened in November 2003 with Susan Ruffner as the first Center Director. 

Opening our 4th location & Worth Your Wait

We opened our fourth Center on Greenbrier Drive in Albemarle County to compete with two neighboring abortion clinics, including a Planned Parenthood. A designated gift was received from Emmaus With Child.

With abstinence education programs ongoing in Culpeper, Orange, Madison, and Louisa County schools, we were awarded a 3-year federal SPRANS Abstinence Education Grant and we started our Worth Your Wait program

ThriVe Women's Healthcare

In 2019, after much consideration, our Board elected to begin an affiliation with ThriVe® St. Louis.  The ministry changed its name to ThriVe® Women’s Healthcare of Central Virginia and adopted a medical health model.

Reaffirming our Roots

After careful consideration, focused prayer and time spent reflecting on who we are, our core values, and our mission and vision, the Board at Thrive® Women’s Healthcare announced that we would not be renewing our ThriVe affiliation and would instead serve as LifeSpring Pregnancy Centers!

This ministry has faithfully served Central Virginia since 1984. Previous names represented our focus during each time frame: first, crisis pregnancies, and more recently a nationally affiliated medical model. Going forward we strongly believe our new name represents who we are independent of the services that we provide. Continuing our work as LifeSpring Pregnancy Centers reflects our commitment to preserve life, while serving women and their families throughout our region in a non-judgmental, loving, and caring environment—meeting them where they are.

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