Fast Facts: Jor-El Godsey


You’ve heard the news that Jor-El Godsey was named Heartbeat International’s president in early January, becoming just the second president in our 45-year history, following current Board Chairman Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D.

While Jor-El is certainly a familiar face among pregnancy help and other pro-life leaders—it’s hard not to be when you’ve been committed to the same work for nearly 30 years—there may be a handful of things you don’t know about our new President.

On a scale of novice to expert, where do you rank on your “Jor-El” trivia? Check out the following fast facts and find out!

  1. Before Jor-El was named Heartbeat’s Vice President in 2006, he had been involved in leading local pregnancy centers for about 18 years.
  2. Pregnancy help is so intertwined with Jor-El’s personal life that he even met his wife, Karen, at a volunteer training at a local center. (Watch him tell that story here.)
  3. Jor-El has two sons and a daughter: Jared, Joel, and Kara. Kara is the middle child.
  4. The name Jor-El is actually a reference to Superman’s father in DC Comics—all three of his kids are named after other Superman characters, including Jared, who’s middle name is Kal-El.
  5. Jor-El is not a native Floridian, but he grew up there and still follows Gators football and Marlins baseball.
  6. One of Jor-El’s passions is helping with his church’s children’s ministry.
  7. Jor-El is a big fan of Les Miserables, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and of course, Superman.
  8. If Jor-El wrote an autobiography, he says he’d call it, “What’s He Doing Here?” We know that Jor-El is the “he,” but where “here” is, we’ll just have to wait for the book to find out!
  9. Occasional sightings of Jor-El on his razor scooter are fairly common in the office hallways on Fridays.

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Don’t miss out on your next best chance to expand your collection of Jor-El data points at our upcoming Annual Conference, March 29-31, 2016 in Atlanta. In addition to schmoozing with Heartbeat International’s new president—which is a value in and of itself!—you’ll be privy to 90 distinct learning opportunities that include keynotes from 40 Days for Life's Shawn Carney and long-time pregnancy help leaders Pat Layton, Rev. John Ensor and Pastor Andy Merritt.

Now that you've seen the fun side of Jor-El, you might want to see exactly what his hopes are as he steps up to the President's role here at Heartbeat International. See what he has to say himself!