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.
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.
Full-time Youth Intern
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.
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.