Glory Baby Ministry Founders

Founders

Josh and Jessica Heffinger

We are Josh and Jessica Heffinger, founders of Glory Baby Ministry. Our story dates back to 2007 when we met and began dating. In 2009 we got married and knew we wanted to start a family quickly. Our prayers were answered when we became pregnant in 2010. We were ecstatic, as are most couples when they find out they are expecting their first child.

​At 15 weeks, we made an appointment at a 3D ultrasound facility to find out the gender of our first born. The baby was moving around on the screen like a super-hero. We got to see the baby sucking a thumb and see the heartbeat fluttering on the screen. It was a GIRL – we named her Riley Marie.

​Just a few short weeks later, at 21 weeks, we went in for our anatomy scan. We did not know what to expect. The tech explained that she would take 50 or so photos and then would turn the screen so we could see the baby. What seemed like only minutes into the ultrasound, the tech told me I could go empty my bladder. I went to the restroom and returned to the room. She said she would be right back. I looked at Josh and said, “Something is not right.” He tried to remain optimistic, which was hard to do. The tech came back in and said that our doctor was coming to talk to us, and she left the room again. At the time, we did not know that the techs are not allowed to explain what the ultrasound found. While we waited for our doctor to come from the hospital, I turned the screen towards us. Instead of 50 photos on the screen, there were only 5. That’s when we both knew something was really wrong. The heartbeat photo was on the screen, and there was a straight line going through it… This may have been our first pregnancy, but we knew what that meant. Our doctor came in with the tech and explained: there was no heartbeat and I would need to go to Labor and Delivery and be induced.

The 9+ hours that I labored were a blur. The pain medication they gave me for the contractions left me feeling loopy. There are moments from that day, especially the delivery, that Josh has had to explain to me because I had no recollection.

​Riley Marie was born sleeping on December 3, 2010 at 9:54pm. She weighed 1 lb 2 ounces and was 10 inches long. We had tests run to explain why her heart stopped beating. The results showed that there was a blood clot in her cord and that I had a blood-clotting condition, Anti-Thrombin Factor III. If we were to get pregnant again, I would have to take blood thinner shots and be monitored more closely.

​We were able to get pregnant again… six more times actually. Two of the six we early miscarriages. We have delivered 4 healthy baby girls. When people ask how many kids we have, we tell them 5 girls. We have made Riley Marie part of our past, present, and future. We never want her to be forgotten. She is the reason we have started this ministry, and we are so thankful for the time we had with her.

Board of Directors

Jessica Heffinger

Executive Director
Founder

Josh Heffinger

BOARD TREASURER
FOUNDER

Glenda Logan

BOARD SECRETARY
SEAMSTRESS

Edith Schmucker

BOARD MEMBER
SEAMSTRESS

Dr. Ray Kociolek

Board Member

Cindy Hines

Board Member

Ryan Jinkins

Board Member

Dr. Sara Mangold

Board Member

Sharon Waggener

Board Member

Christy Wood

Board Member

Seth Alexander

Board Member

Carla Byrd

Board Member

Testimonials

Jessica Heffinger
Jessica HeffingerFounder and President
Glory Baby Ministry
Riley Marie: 21 week loss
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Every year around Riley’s birthday we share this video. After we lost Riley my husband, Josh Heffinger put this video together to help him grieve through that time.

It’s a video we treasure and means so much to have these memories. God blessed me with a husband that I could lean on during that time. Our marriage and our faith were put the test and the devil was very strong the days and months following. Our God is so much stronger than the devil and because of this our marriage became stronger and our faith even stronger. Read full testimonial >>
Caleb's Mom, Taleen Clifton
Caleb's Mom, Taleen Cliftonshares the story - 38 week loss
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When I was 28 weeks pregnant we found out our son had cleft lip, possible pallet and a two vessel cord . We got sent to a high risk OB three hours away from home. They did weekly ultrasounds on him due to his weight. All blood test came back negative when they checked for chromosomal problems. He started at 10th percentile and kept dropping. They were trying to keep him in as long as they could but once he hit 6th percentile they assumed it was safer to get him out...Read full testimonial >>
Ron and Marci Morehead
Ron and Marci Moreheadshare about their 10 week loss
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On a Wednesday night, Marci complained of cramping and bleeding...We prepared emotionally for the surgery that Saturday and we said goodbye to our little baby. We were both very sad and shed many tears for our baby. While we really didn’t know the gender of our baby, we called her Dot...Read full testimonial >>
Jessica Byers
Jessica Byersshares about her full-term loss
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November 22, 2012: Thanksgiving Day. It was the day after we came home from Cincinnati Children's Hospital after being there for 4 days. Seven fetal/pediatric specialists sat around a table with us and told us they couldn't save our precious baby boy. But God had a big plan for healing Trent. He was never in our home because he was made to live only in his eternal Home.

I miss him every single day, every one. I think about him throughout every day of my life, but he's heavy in my heart this time of year. His life brought so much joy and peace into our lives, and we will always be grateful for the way our family and friends cared for us as I carried him until his birthday on April 16, 2013. He was a miracle. Read full testimonial >>
Rebekah Daday
Rebekah Dadayshares her testimony about experiencing two stillbirths
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To an outsider, it appears that I have a perfect little family. While I do have a complete family, it was a journey of loss, anger and hopelessness, before I got my complete family. Here is my story...
Charli's Mommy
Charli's MommyAn untold story
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"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."

I recently read this quote and tears filled my eyes at the possibilities that families experience with pain in all situations. I've never thought of a story being untold, until I had one. My life has now become an open book, and for some reason my heart needs to let this story turn into one that is heard. Read full testimonial >>
Brian and Kelly Bass
Brian and Kelly BassBarren County, Kentucky residents
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Brian and I have always believed very much that God played a role in bringing us together. We often joke that we wish we had met sooner, but the truth is, God knew we weren’t ready for each other. Likewise, when we reflect on our daughter, we have to place an equal amount of trust in God with her as we did our love. There are things in this world that we will never understand; things we were never meant to understand and losing her is definitely one of those things. We have to trust that for whatever reason, God needed her more. Read full testimonial >>
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