Marvin holds a Masters 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.
Director of Operations & Hope Community Development Corporation
Matt has a varied vocational past, working in athletics (coaching and playing football), the military (active duty and reserves), and in the non-profit sector. Matt has served in a variety of leadership roles in each field, but for the past eight years he has worked as a community developer in both Denver, CO, and Kansas City, MO. Matt is currently responsible for ensuring operations run smoothly, maintaining fiduciary integrity, and expanding real estate and economic development initiatives.
Matt is a graduate of the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative and a member of the Christian Community Development Association’s 5th National Leadership Cohort. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary and a B.S. in Social Sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Matt and his wife, Jenna, live in the “historic northeast” area of Kansas City where they raise their two young boys, Brennan and Jensen.
Director of Family Outreach & Program Management
Angie has a degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Nazarene College. She has been serving in ministry 29 years, 26 of those years along aside her husband Marvin. Angie is a certified substitute teacher and Sexual Health Educator in Missouri.She is a avid speaker of Abstinence based and purity programs. She is the former Women’s Director of Higher Ground at Kids Across America Camps for the past 11 years. Angie has been married for 26 years and is the proud mother of the “Fabulous Five”.
Ralph 'Rocky' Hodge
Director of Youth & Community Outreach
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 & Family Engagment
Charity is a Kansas City, MO native and Kansas City Public school graduate. Bachelor’s degree in Sports management and Athletic Directing for the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Charity has grown from a variety of leadership positions but for the past 11 years has worked as a program coordinator for Freedom School/Freedom Summer. With certification in 3 different parenting programs and having been an Educator and coach for several years Charity will fulfill her current position as Director of Children’s Programs and Parent Engagement.
Charity and her husband (Joel) of 8 years and counting have a 7 year old son Cameron James.
Dia is a KCMO native and graduate of North Kansas City High School. She is currently attending College at Penn Valley College pursing a degree in Nursing. Dia is a active member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She started with the Hope Center as a Volunteer Leader for S.A.Y. YES! and absolutely fell in love with the program. After a year of being a leader she was invited to our staff as a college intern!