Marvin holds a Master’s degree in Education and accredited certifications in Urban Missiology, Mediation and Dispute Resolution and Youth Development in the Urban Context. He most recently served as Vice President of Leadership Development at Kids Across America (KAA), a Christian sports camp and youth development ministry. He is the founder of Beyond the Norm, a training program that provides transformational skills for transformational ministry.
Marvin was an adjunct Professor of Youth Ministry at both Gordon College and North Park College. He was a youth pastor in New York City, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia, and he served with the Jackson County Juvenile Courts in Kansas City.
Marvin also worked as a mediation specialist for the Cambridge and Boston Public School Systems. He was the Great Lakes Regional Facilitator for Compassion International USA Division, where he was responsible for the training and development of youth workers in seven Midwest states and 15 cities.
He continues to speak, lecture and train on issues related to urban ministry, urban education, and child and youth development. He also serves as a trainer in scenario planning and change management for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative.
Marvin has been married to LeAndra for 26 years and they have 5 children: Malachi, Isaiah, Micah, Imani and Nia.
Senior Program Manager and Family Engagement
Angie has a degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Nazarene College. She has been serving in ministry 29 years, 26 of those years alongside her husband Marvin. Angie is a certified substitute teacher and Sexual Health Educator in Missouri.She is an avid speaker of abstinence-based and purity programs. She served as the Women’s Director of Higher Ground at Kids Across America Camps for 11 years before moving to Kansas City. Angie has been married for 26 years and is the proud mother of the “Fabulous Five”.
Director of Youth Outreach and Discipleship
Director of Leaders in Training
Rocky hails from the great state of Oklahoma, where he was born and raised, and where he pursued a degree in Secondary Education and Public Relations. Most recently he was a teacher and coach in the Putnam City School District in Oklahoma City, working in a school with students from all walks of life. He also has ample youth ministry experience, serving as a Youth Director at his home church and also serving as summer staff at Kids Across America’s servant leadership program, Higher Ground.
Director of Communications
Mariah is a developer, organizer and activator, with an active interest in human rights, ministry, grassroots organizations and developing individuals and communities. Mariah believes in empowering individuals to build up communities and institutions, in that order. She sees the potential in an idea and capitalizes, often bringing other young achievers alongside her for greater impact. Mariah enjoys actively learning, and believes learning and growth are two things that should never stop. As a communications enthusiast and college graduate Mariah has partnered, spearheaded and served as a catalyst for many student-run, nonprofit and community initiatives. As an intern for the Hope Center she has learned the importance of partnership, representation, advocacy and presence.
Mariah completed two bachelor degrees at the University of Missouri in 2016, and plans to continue her education at the graduate school level focusing on Public Policy in the private sector in Fall 2018.
Operations and Donor Management
Janice earned a Bachelor in Nonprofit Leadership Skills with a minor in Fundraising from Rockhurst University. Janice moved into the nonprofit sector after 40+ years career in IT management and obtaining her Nonprofit degree in 2014. She is a member of NPConnect and Association of Fundraising Professionals. She started doing occasional volunteering/service days with The Hope Center in 2002 and is happy to be able to contribute even more now. Janice and her husband, Gary, have two married daughters and 3 grandchildren and are loving the grand parenting duties.
Faire Consulting LLC on behalf of The Hope Center
A senior-level fundraiser, Diane led the fundraising and strategy development efforts in-house for organizations in Kansas, Missouri, and Rhode Island (1996-2011) before launching Faire Consulting in 2011.
Her consultancy offers strategy as well as implementation services with special expertise in highly-tailored cultivation and stewardship techniques as well as accelerant growth campaigns (start-up operations, capital campaigns, portfolio diversification and short-term revenue generation).
Diane shares her profession as an adjunct professor at Rockhurst University’s Helzberg School of Management (where she co-founded the University’s fundraising concentration); within William Jewell’s Business & Leadership Department; and as a Senior Fellow at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. She has also been a visiting professor at Grinnell College, sponsored by the Donald & Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation & Leadership.
Diane is a sought-after keynote and tailored-workshop speaker throughout the United States as well as internationally, in South Africa, India, and Mexico.
Originally from Chicagoland, Diane is an EdD candidate at the Peabody College of Education & Human Development at Vanderbilt University. She holds a BA from Grinnell College, a masters from Dartmouth College, and has been accredited by CFRE International since 2004. She currently resides in Leawood, KS with her family.
Full-time Youth Intern
Full-time Youth Intern
Jonathon “J.P.” Green is from North Little Rock, AR and graduated from the University of Arkansas earning a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Theatre and a Master’s of Education degree in Higher Education. He is a full-time intern working with the Junior L.I.T. program and Basketball Outreach. He loves sports and really enjoys watching and playing basketball and football. J.P. is extremely passionate about making lasting positive effects on the lives of all he comes in contact with. In this season of life, he is motivated to help cultivate the young men and women of Kansas City into leaders, change agents and achievers for themselves, their communities and the kingdom of God.
Full-time Youth Intern
Tevin Riveria is originally from Meridian, Mississippi. After graduating high school from Oxford High School, he obtained his Associates Degree in General Studies from Itawamba Community College (ICC).
His experience in youth ministry covers a myriad of organizations: Carolina Creek Christian Camps, Kids Across America Camps, and completion of Kanakuk Institute. At the Institute he obtained a degree/certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies.
As an intern at The Hope Center, he is excited to fully engage in his passion, impacting urban communities through reaching the youth residing there. Tevin believes utilizing resourceful and relevant platforms such as sports to bring the Word Of God, discipleship, accountability, and group inductive bible studies into the community will equip young men to be men of God.
Additionally, Tevin’s hobbies include playing, coaching and watching basketball.
Full-time Youth Intern
Titus brooks was born and raised in Houston,TX. He is the youngest of four. Two brothers and one sister. Titus graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a degree in accounting. He then attended the Kanakuk Institute where he extended his education into ministry.
Dia Blackwell is a Kansas City native. She is currently attending Penn Valley Community College studying Physical Therapy. She started as a volunteer at the Hope Center in 2015 and in 2016 became a College Intern. She loves the Hope Center because through it the love of God is shown to the community.
Tim Lumpkin is a motivated young man striving for greatness. Tim graduated from Lee’s Summit North High School, and is currently attending Longview Community College studying Criminal Justice.
Tim thoroughly enjoys sports. If ever you’re talking to him and you happen to bring up the love of the game… any game, you can count on Tim to engage. It’s this same inclusive and outgoing nature that allows Tim to relate so well with our youth.
Additionally, Tim has a passion for serving others. When he’s not in class, enjoying a good game of basketball or at The Hope Center, you can find Tim serving Macedonia Baptist Church as an intern.