About Us

About Vital Signs Minstries

Since its beginnings in 1982, the distinctives of Vital Signs Ministries have been a commitment to Christian orthodoxy and a comprehensive sanctity of life ethic.

Vital Signs Ministries has saved lives, restored families, and helped energize Christ-centered pro-life advocates throughout America and far beyond. And until God's triumph is flly realized, we're staying the course!


Denny Hartford

Denny Hartford has been the Director of Vital Signs Ministries for over 30 years. A courageous and creative Christian activist, Denny has not only led one of the most active, most influential pro-life agencies in the nation, he also has maintained a busy regimen of traveling, speaking and organizing similar ministries across the nation. Denny's popularity as a speaker and inventive educator, however, is based largely upon his own example of personal spirituality and commitment to effectively "rescue those being led away to slaughter." For example, he has served for over a quarter of century as a sidewalk counselor at Omaha-area abortion mills and was one of the first evangelicals to be involved in peaceful "rescue" actions. In addition, Denny and his wife, Claire, were the principal founders of the AAA Center for Pregnancy Counseling (Now Assure Women's Center)

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Claire Hartford

Claire Hartford (actually, Claire Marie Theresa Aylward Hartford!) was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was the oldest daughter in a family of eight children and was educated at Cathedral School and later at Pius X High School. Being very close to their father, it was a severe tragedy for the kids to lose him to a massive heart attack when he was a relatively young man. Claire's mother, Evelyn, bravely took over the helm, raising the children even as she returned to work to provide for them. Claire was 12 when her dad died.

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Doctrinal Statement

We believe the Bible to be the Word of God, divinely inspired and without error, in whole and in part, as originally given by God to the human authors. These Holy Scriptures are the only authoritative, infallible guide for the Christian faith.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the essential deity and the real but sinless humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ; in His birth without sin from the womb of the virgin Mary; in His sinless life; in His miracles; in His every teaching; in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood when crucified for the sake of all mankind; in His bodily resurrection; in His ascension to the right hand of the Father; and in the promise of His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. This salvation is received only through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and not as a result of one's own works. One becomes a Christian whose eternal life is assured when he or she trusts completely upon the atoning death of Jesus Christ for salvation. No other human work can be substituted for or even added to His sacrifice.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit Who glorifies Jesus Christ and serves as the believers' Advocate. The Holy Spirit indwells the Christian at the moment of his or her trust in Christ's substitutionary death and thus enables the Christian to live a godly life and to perform good works unto the glory of God Almighty.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost - those that are saved into the resurrection of eternal life and those that are lost into the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, and in the commands of our Lord to express the reality of this unity in our service in His Name.

We believe that human life begins at conception. Every person, being created in the image and likeness of God Himself, is an unique, immeasurably precious person whose life deserves protection, care and respect. The biblical teachings regarding the sanctity of human life require Christians to actively resist the evils of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and other forms of violent injustice inflicted against the defenseless and innocent.