Our Story

Springs in the Desert is a community of support born of the shared pain of infertility and the blessing of friendship which grew from it. Kimberly Henkel, PhD and Ann M. Koshute, MTS, met while studying at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Years later they met again and discovered not only their common struggle with infertility, but found that many pastors and family life ministers expressed feeling ill-equipped to deal with an issue as sensitive and nuanced as infertility.  Even friends and family members often didn’t know what to say or how to offer their support. Kimberly and Ann soon discovered that the isolation and sense of not belonging they experienced as a result of infertility were not unique to them. In 2019 they officially founded Springs in the Desert as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to offer spiritual and emotional accompaniment and solidarity to those carrying the cross of infertility. Our Team is here to meet you wherever you are on this path, to walk with you with hope in Christ, and to create a safe place for your story to be heard and understood.

Co-Founders

Kimberly Henkel PhD
Ann M. Koshute, M.T.S.

Spiritual Support

Father Paul and Alissa West

Byzantine Spiritual Father

Team Members

Allie & James Kleineck

Blog & Podcast Coordinator

Stacey & Phil Huneck

Director of Video Content

Cassandra Taylor

Social Media Manager

Megan Pepin

Communications Lead

Contributors

Katie Wood

Contributor

Brian & Cayce Farina

Contributor

Anna McKeever

Contributor

Kim Colby

Contributor

Andrea Mahoney

Contributor

Ian & Cassi Durnan

Contributor

Laura Bohman

Contributor

Edward Luersman

Contributor

Sydnee Blackburn

Contributor

Our Patron Saints

Springs in the Desert places itself under the patronage of Saints Anna and Joachim, parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus. They experienced the grief of infertility, suffered isolation from their community and, for a time, even separation from each other. Yet God blessed them in a way that was unexpected, brought them closer together and made them sharers in His plan of salvation. We pray that they will walk with us as we move from grief and isolation to knowing that God has chosen us for a particular mission that He is fulfilling in unexpected but life-giving ways.

Saints Anna and Joachim, pray to God for us!