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Our Staff


Karen Ellison  Founder and President

Karen is the Founder and President of Deeper Still. She first entered pregnancy center ministry in 1985. She has served as an executive director of a pregnancy center in Virginia Beach, VA, a national trainer for Care Net, and as vice president of Alternatives Group (now LifeSteward Ministries). Karen has served in the area of post abortion healing for many years and out of those experiences has developed the Deeper Still retreat.


Julie Whitlatch  Directer of Chapter Development

Julie began volunteering with Deeper Still in 2012. She served on the Deeper Still Pittsburgh, PA Chapter then helped spearhead the Deeper Still of Mountaineer Country Chapter. She was Executive Director of Deeper Still Mountaineer Country in Morgantown, WV from 2013 - 2017 before moving to Knoxville, TN. Julie's passion is to see men and women set free from their abortion wounded hearts!


Jacque Murphy    Executive Director, Knoxville

Jacque began working for Deeper Still in 2014.  Jacque is a current and active member of Fellowship Church, where she has previously served on the Women’s Ministry Team. She has a deep desire to see women set free from fear, shame and from their abortion wounded heart.   Darryl and Jacque have been married for 27 years and have raised 3 children.

Sheppard Tucker    Director of Communications and Prayer

Sheppard has been involved with Deeper Still since April 2004. She served as volunteer prayer coordinator and ministry team member from 2005-2010. She was a board member from 2010-2012, when she stepped down to come on staff part time as assistant to the president. She currently serves as director of communications and prayer for the ministry as well as continuing to serve as a volunteer on the ministry team for retreats as well as Deeper Still Training Seminars. She lives in Knoxville, TN with her husband of 27 years and their 2 teenage children.