2020 Summer Skyline
It all began at Kids Across America (KAA) sports camp.
She’d been a camper for 8 years who grew to become a counselor. Later, she was promoted to a member of the summer staff leadership and eventually served as the full-time Women’s Director for KAA’s teen camp (KAA3).
As a pastor’s kid, his first job at age 12 involved serving at a non-profit agency, ironically called The Hope Center, in his hometown of Detroit. From that point forward, James Hogue knew God was calling him to a lifestyle of ministry. Similar to his beautiful wife Shunquita, James’s journey at KAA started with humble beginnings. He began by faithfully serving as a member of the maintenance team and continued to be given greater ministry responsibility until he was promoted to the role of full-time Men’s Director.
It was in this season of service to the Lord that the two met, fell in love and decided to marry. Nearly five years later, God is still doing amazing things in the life of this young couple. As our new Director of Youth Programs, James comes to us highly qualified with over a decade of experience working with young people, including his serve as an educator at the nationally-known private school Ron Clark Academy. As an individual with 11 siblings, who was homeschooled until college, James learned early to value the wisdom of the Sankofa journey – always reaching back to give to another.
James and Shun are greatly looking forward to building discipleship relationships with families at The Hope Center KC. As they stated, “We are working with the brain trust, the next generation who will lead and change things in the world. We want to ensure that they are well-equipped as well-rounded young people.” You can pray for the Hogue Family by lifting up their new journey as parents, their desire to consistently seek the heart of God and develop strong mentors as well as their heart to have fresh ideas for impacting this new generation.
To learn more about this lovely couple, check out their new YouTube Channel – James & Shun – also available on our website (hopecenterkc.org).