Our Founders

Bruce and Denise Kendrick, along with a small group of passionate volunteers, founded Embrace in McKinney, Texas in 2007. The Kendrick’s are high school sweethearts who have nine children by birth and adoption, and three adorable grandchildren. Bruce and Denise were foster parents in Texas for over decade, caring for over 25 children in that time. In addition to caring for neglected and abused children, the Kendrick’s have been kinship providers, mentors, parent coaches, and fierce advocates for our community’s most vulnerable citizens.

Bruce is an ordained pastor currently serving as the Director of Life Initiatives at Watermark Community Church in Dallas.  After ten years of serving with Embrace and carrying the message that the Church must lead the evangelical orphan care movement, Bruce returned to leading church ministry in Fall 2017.

Denise grew up at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas and came to a saving knowledge of Christ at First Baptist Church of Coppell, Texas.  With a degree from the University of North Texas in Education, Denise led Embrace as the Director of Programs until Fall 2017 when she was selected as the new Executive Director.

To connect with our founders or learn more about Embrace’s work, visit the Contact Us page.