In the summer of 1966, on the North Side of St. Louis Anthony Ramspott and Kathleen Pircher were into their third year of a close relationship. As fate would have it, Kathleen ended up pregnant and Anthony accepted responsibility stating, “This is our child together” and asked Kathleen to marry her. They were married and three months later gave birth to Kurt, their first son.
Two years later in Sioux City Iowa Chuck Helt and Lou Ann Coulombe while in High school found themselves experiencing the same fate. They too became parents at an early age and gave birth to their first daughter Heidi.
Fast forward to 1986.
Kurt was a young man in college. Heidi was a senior in high school. Before he left for the university of Missouri Kurt heard from his girlfriend Heidi those two famous words, “I’m pregnant”. Being given a firm foundation through the example of his father Tony, Kurt knew what to do. He manned up, and like his father, accepted responsibility for his actions. Together both Kurt and Heidi became parents and braved the world together.
From the beginning, Kurt and Heidi were hooked. Life, and its protection from conception to death, was important. Heidi became the St. Louis coordinator for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) from 1997-2000 and in 2002 Kurt was asked by the Pregnancy Resource Center (now Thrive St. Louis) to start a men’s mentoring program. In two short years his work involved leading 54 men to be placed into fields of service at as mentors to 6 of the PRC’s locations. Together Kurt and the mentors impacted 600 men annually in unexpected fatherhood and related issues.
Between 2005-2013 Kurt lead the ministry of Guys For Life to train and equip more than 500 pregnancy care centers and like minded organizations to faithfully pursue men in unexpected pregnancy. Heidi and the family manned much of the administrative labor. More than 1,170 men signed up and took part in Kurt’s online mentoring academy. In the summer of 2013 Kurt stepped down from Guys For Life to reclaim the hearts of his bride and children, putting them first.
Today you can find Kurt and Heidi training the Body of Christ to get involved in the lives of people facing unexpected pregnancy. They have a 6-week Disciple Academy that is done online through Join.Me. Kurt also speaks at banquets, fundraisers and volunteer awareness meetings. Today their combined work is focused on the millions of people never receiving help and leveraging The Church as a redemptive force for good. They accommodate for initial training and long-term support for people who believe life, young families and the Gospel is precious – yet – don’t know how to live that calling out, just yet.