Our History

Early in 1985

Founder Barb Willsher began praying with a team of Christian business leaders and local church ministers about opening a crisis pregnancy center.

July 1985

The doors were opened at the original center in Thorndale under the leadership of Barb Willsher.

In 1998

A new building: This building was specifically chosen because it is across the street from Planned Parenthood in Coatesville.

March 2001

Debbie Davenport came to CCWS as Client Services Director and she began the “Parenting Program” which in 2009changed into the “The Family Movement”.

A new Director in July 2001

Karen Pennell came as administrative director to the center. In 2003 the role changed to an executive director. She served for 9 years total.

2002 CCWS

The Ministry was offered a brand new Ultrasound machine anonymous donations from the Chester County Prolife Coalition.

Becoming Medical

CCWS saw its first client as an official medical clinic on May 13th 2003. This change was lead by Dr. Abbott and Dr. Delaney.

Expansion in 2006

CCWS expanded to a rental property in West Chester on Five Points Road. Karen Pennell, Cindy Bradley and Elvira Gibbs facilitated this expansion.

November 2007

CCWS purchased the building at 27 S. Church Street. This building is just 4 blocks from Planned Parenthood. Church Street is used by the college students and our signs and posters are seen by cars as well as the people who pass by.


Both centers became focused on reaching the Latino and Hispanic Communities. This goal was supported by hiring Myriam Ruager, a native of Argentina, and therefore bilingual.

April 2013

CCWS opened its third office in Kennett Square, PA.

November 2013

Mission Preborn donated a used ultrasound machine for the Kennett Square office.

Fall of 2010

Myriam Ruager became the Director of CCWS.