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 Children’s Programs and Family Engagement
Chasity Hurd attended the University of Missouri where she pursued a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a theatre minor. Throughout her career she has served in a number of leadership positions earning various certifications in child development, leadership, and child trauma. Chasity has training in crisis management, emotional support, de-escalation, abandonment, abuse, responsiveness to hate and bias at school and assisting students with special needs or 504 accommodations.
Chasity has spent the past several years doing that which she is most passionate about, serving. She has served her community in numerous ways serving as the President of A Woman Inspired, an organization dedicated to unifying, edifying, and developing woman of all backgrounds through networking, training and workshops, Co-Founder of Be An Inspiration, a high school mentorship program.
She is an Alumna of AmeriCorps serving in both Columbia, Missouri with Jumpstart and in Austin, Texas with Communities In Schools of Central Texas.
Chasity’s hobbies include playing sports such as basketball and soccer, theatre, dancing, reading, and of course, watching a good movie. She is ecstatic to be a part of The Hope Center Kansas City team.
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.
Director of Communications and Public Relations Intern
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.
Director of Graphic Design and Marketing
Sean Phillips moved to the U.S. from Panama with his mother when he was five years old. He grew up in Blue Eye, MO, a small town of 118 on the Missouri/Arkansas border. While studying at College of the Ozarks, Sean found a passion for video production and graphic design. This lead to many unique opportunities including working with National Geographic, creating logos for local businesses, and designing an entire magazine. After graduating, Sean married his college sweetheart Heidi, a graduate of the nursing program. He then proceeded to work for Kids Across America for the next two and a half years as their lead videographer. After some thought and a lot of prayers, the couple moved up to Kansas City to help Heidi pursue her dream of becoming a nurse midwife. Marvin learned of Sean moving to Kansas City and reached out to him asking him to join The Hope Center team. Grateful for the many wonderful experiences, the support of friends and family, and provision from the Lord, Sean is ecstatic to join the team here and help get the word out about all the God is doing through The Hope Center.
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 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.
Programs Strategist Intern
With a B.A. from The University of Oklahoma and M.A in Youth & Family Ministries from John Brown University, Jordan possesses a combination of military, corporate, and ministry experience. Raised in the Kansas City area, he primarily serves as an instructor for Amped Bible Study and Men’s Fraternity. Jordan is passionate about discipleship, teaching/equipping, and urban ministry. In addition to programs and strategy at The Hope Center, he is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in preparation for pastoral ministry. Jordan lives in Kansas City along with his wife, Jumesha. Together they have five children.