Our Ministry

We provide a stable, faith-based home for individuals re-entering the community.

Our Mission

Our ministry exists to provide faith-based residential recovery services to help persons stop cycles of destructive behavior related to addiction, trauma and poverty.

We serve individuals exiting incarceration and inpatient substance abuse treatment who need support for their next steps.

Our Vision

Place of Grace envisions a Christ-centered community that empowers people to become responsible citizens with hope and purpose for their future.

Our Values

  • A foundation undergirded by prayer
  • Unity in purpose and spirit
  • Humility and a spirit of collaboration

Meet Our Team

Our qualified and compassionate staff foster an environment where residents feel safe, enabling them to focus on their health and recovery. Some team members have walked through the same life experiences as our residents, so they understand how it feels to be in their shoes.

“This an amazing place full of wonderful women who truly care. Perfect place to grow and overcome addiction while learning about Christ. Dreams come alive here!”

Brittany Renkenberger, Executive Director
Executive Director

Brittany Renkenberger

Brittany lives in Huntington with her husband, Ben, and their four children. Brittany graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and from University of Alabama with a Master’s in Social Work. She is also a licensed social worker.

Brittany has worked with women in crisis, largely with those struggling with addictions, for over 15 years in Indiana and coastal Alabama. She has extensive experience developing, implementing, and leading therapeutic, faith-based residential and outpatient recovery programs. Brittany is a champion for Christ-centered recovery solutions and strives to ensure Place of Grace provides evidence-based programming that fosters healing, promotes growth, and protects lasting change. Brittany is a champion for effective Christ-centered recovery solutions and strives to ensure Place of Grace provides faith-based programming that fosters healing, promotes growth and protects lasting change.

Brittany’s desire for all women served by Place of Grace is that they are able to realize that they have hope and purpose for their future because, in Christ, they can find healing, redemption, freedom and lasting change. Brittany is a member of Hope Rising Church, where her husband serves as the Assistant Pastor. Brittany loves all things vintage, hiking with her family, and naps.

Jillian Parsons, Director of Operations
Director of Operations

Jillian Parsons

Jillian lives in Huntington with her husband, Jason, and three children. She graduated from Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne with an associate degree in business and a bachelor’s degree in general studies with a concentration in psychology.

Jillian has been involved with Place of Grace for many years, serving as a board member, mentor and volunteer. She loves that Place of Grace is rooted in prayer. She is thankful to be a witness to God’s timing and provision throughout the life of this ministry. Her favorite part is watching the physical, emotional and spiritual transformation of the residents as they begin to grasp God’s love for them.

Jillian also serves as the executive assistant at Faith Chapel, where she gets to work alongside her husband Jason, who serves as the pastor.

Danielle Brown, Women's Program House Manager
Women's Program House Manager

Danielle Brown

Bev Carpenter, Wellness Director
Wellness Director

Bev Carpenter

Bev lives in Huntington County with her husband, Todd. They have two married adult daughters and a grandson.

Bev graduated from what was then Huntington College, now University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Her career path has taken her from Probation Officer to Social Work. She has worked with young women and families for 20 years to encourage, strengthen and empower them in their journeys. She is excited to be at Place of Grace to point women to the healing and hope found only in a saving relationship with Jesus. She feels honored to give everyone who walks through the doors of Place of Grace respect and support.

Bev attends Huntington First Church of the Nazarene. She loves travel, the ocean, hiking in the woods and playing games.

Joy Bir, Peer Recovery Coach
Peer Recovery Coach

Joy Bir

Joy has lived in Huntington for most of her life. She is happily married and has four kids and two grandkids. She has a cosmetology instructor’s license, but her true passion is working with women in recovery. Joy suffered from Substance Use Disorder for 10 years but found freedom from addiction through the love of Jesus Christ in 2019. She feels blessed and honored to use her life experience to help other women who struggle with addiction. In 2020, she obtained recovery coach certification through the state of Indiana. Joy’s hope and prayer is that she can be used to support women at Place of Grace as they heal. She considers it a true honor to witness so many success stories. Joy enjoys spending time at home with her husband, being outside, spoiling her grandkids, and having a good, relaxing sunny day.

Taylor Fulk
Women's Program Director

Taylor Fulk

While Taylor isn’t a resident of Huntington, she has strong family connections that make the city feel like home. Taylor lives in New Haven with her husband Ben and daughter Addison. She graduates in April of 2024 with her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Huntington University.

Taylor is able to use her education and help women navigate their struggles and challenges from a therapeutic lens. She enjoys using a narrative therapy approach which allows the individual to tell their stories and rewrite the narrative moving forward. She is knowledgeable in utilizing Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy modalities that complement the hard work individuals with substance use disorder have ahead of them. She believes that true confidence comes from the Lord, because we are His children and who He says we are. She knows that any woman who walks through the doors will be loved, heard and healed in ways that only He can facilitate.

Taylor is strong in her faith and actively involved in her church. In her spare time, she loves to relax in the pool, snuggle her animals, play games with her family and take naps any chance she gets!