Executive Director and CEO

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 29 years and they have 5 children: Malachi, Isaiah, Micah, Imani and Nia.


Chief Operating Officer

Growing up with a father who pastored an inner-city church and worked as a chaplain to Olympic and professional athletes gave Marcellus an inside look into ministry life. Having a mother who is a lifetime educator gave Marcellus a picture of what it means to slow down and care for others. 


Marcellus now has over 15 years of experience in full-time ministry. After playing football and serving as a sports chaplain at Northwest Missouri State University, Marcellus married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. He then served as the chaplain for the University of Illinois football and basketball teams through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (F.C.A.) before moving to Kansas City to serve as F.C.A.’s Director for the states of Kansas and Missouri. After his time with F.C.A. Marcellus served as one of the pastors of Redeemer Fellowship Church in midtown KC. Marcellus is currently serving in his 4th season as the chaplain for the Kansas City Chiefs.


Marcellus is married to his high school sweetheart, Stephanie, and they have three beautiful daughters (Salem, Cora, Vivi) and one handsome son (Ralphie).

Senior Program Manager

Angie has a degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Nazarene College. She has been serving in ministry 30 years, alongside her husband, Marvin. Together, they are national marriage conference speakers. 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 is a life coach/mentor. She's also currently a Bible Study leader.


Angie has been married for 29 years and is the proud mother of the “Fabulous Five”, parenting one teenager and four young adult children. She is passionate about her role in serving youth and families on the east side of Kansas City, Missouri. She desires to be a faithful witness and role model in the community. She attends Mosaic Bible Fellowship.



Director of Operations 

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 Development

Janice earned a Bachelor in Nonprofit Leadership Skills with a minor in Fundraising from Rockhurst University. She moved into the nonprofit sector after 40+ years in IT management. Janice obtained her Nonprofit degree in 2014 and became a member of NPConnect and Association of Fundraising Professionals.


Janice started doing occasional volunteering with THC in 2002 and is now on full time staff. Janice and her husband, Gary, have two married daughters and 3 grandchildren and are loving the grand parenting duties.



Director of Youth

One of my passions has always been to counsel and encourage young people to be all that God has made them to be. I was born and raised in Mississippi and received an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Southwest Baptist University. I served as a Women’s director at Kids Across America for 6 years after having the privilege of being a camper there for 8 summers. I have been married for 4 years and we recently had our first baby boy back in July of 2020. In my spare time I enjoy doing workouts, traveling, and spending time with family and close friends.


Director of Sports Ministry

Tim is a motivated young man striving for greatness.


After interning with The Hope Center for several years, THC was elated to welcome him as the newest member of our full-time staff.

Tim has a passion for serving others.


In addition to serving others, he thoroughly enjoys sports. If ever you’re talking to him and 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.


When Tim is not serving Youth & Families at The Hope Center, or co-leading our Learn 2 Earn program, you can find him engaging in various sports tournaments throughout the nation. 

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As a recent graduate of Park University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Allison is looking forward to hearing our students' questions and having solid conversations with them. Long-term, Allison has aspirations of providing mental health and counseling services within communities similar to ours, where it is not always easily accessible. Allison had the pleasure of accompanying our Hope Center students to Kids Across America Sports Camp this summer as a Kaleo.  She enjoyed having an opportunity to begin bonding with several of the students by getting to know their personalities. Allison loves serving others and comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and student leadership experiences. She looks forward to participating in the groundbreaking & foundational work God is doing through The Hope Center.

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Nita Daniels

Sr. Dean of Students at Ewing Marion Kauffman School


Nita's passion comes from growing up in the same neighborhoods our kids come from & knowing they, too, can be whatever they choose through education and awareness.

Nita is a member of Black Business Women of America Association (BBWAA), After-School Alliance (ASA), & an alumna of Stafford University in the United Kingdom. She also provides rescue services

to earthquake victims in Haiti & educational benefits to students in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Susie Gurley

Executive Director of the You Matter Festival in Overland Park


The "You Matter" Festival is a music festival promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention.  Susie is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri and Texas Christian University. Susie has served as a Johnson County Board chair member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 8 years and she has served as a Board Member of The Hope Center KC for 6 years.



Nate Lewis

Art Director, Hallmark Cards, Inc. 


Nate graduated from Drake University with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2001 and has been working for Hallmark ever since. It was there he met his bride, Sam Lewis, who also works at Hallmark as a Senior Illustrator.


Nate and Sam live in the Longfellow neighborhood with their two beautiful young daughters, Johanna and Rosemary. They are members of Jacob’s Well Church, a non-denominational church in midtown Kansas City. They both serve their church community in multiple ways, including helping with design and creative needs, volunteering with the Kids Community and playing on the Worship Team.


They both started volunteering in the Leaders-In-Training youth program at The Hope Center in 2006. Sam is still a LIT volunteer and Nate has been serving on the Board of Directors since 2018.



Christopher Miles

​Attorney, Husch Blackwell 

Chris is an attorney who specializes in insolvency and creditors rights litigation. Chris received his law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, and after a brief stint in Memphis, returned to Kansas City to continue his career in 2011. A long-time supporter of the Hope Center, Chris lives in the Kansas City area with his wife and daughter. Chris and his wife are members of Christ Church Anglican in Overland Park. Additionally, Chris serves on the boards of the Spire Chamber Ensemble and the Kansas City Bankruptcy Bar Association. 

Brian Nagel

Owner of Cottage Care in Kansas City


Brian is a graduate of Southwest College and Emporia State University, he is highly skilled in leadership development, public speaking and entrepreneurship. Brian is a valued member of The Hope Center KC Board.



John Sykora

Owner of Monarch Wealth Management Firm


John has been Board Treasurer of The Hope Center for over ten years. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Financial Planner.


John is an active member at Atonement Lutheran Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher. He is also a volunteer for WhiteStone Ministries, serving the poor and incarcerated in the Kansas City area.


John and his wife, Kim, have three kids, Lily, Charlie, and Emma.



Aaron Wiens

Aaron specializes in lending and cash management solutions for a diverse array of commercial relationships in the manufacturing, distribution, and professional service industry.


He has been with Enterprise since 2011. Aaron earned a Bachelor degree in Business and Finance from Baker University and an MBA from Baker’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies.


Aaron currently serves on the Board of THC in Kansas City and spends his time with his wife Kelly, two sons, Avery and Lucas, and the community.


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