A partial listing of the counselors and support staff and their specialties.
1994 - 2008 RICHARD S. PHELPS, spiritual encouragement, addictions and couples.
1995 – to present LUCY MUNDY, spiritual encouragement for women and couples.
1994 - 2007 HOWARD MUNDY, spiritual encouragement for men, couples and teens.
1995- to present LEW GERVAIS, (part time till 2007) addictions counseling, facilitator training,
support groups and addictions classes.
1996 - 2008 ALICE THISTLE, spiritual encouragement for abused women.
1996 - to present LOUIE VERINI , spiritual encouragement for women and couples.
1997 – to present JOE PELLIZZE, President of Hope Ministries; spiritual encouragement for
abused men and couples.
2000 FRED ST. LAURENT, office administrator / public relations.
2000 – 2002 ANGIE REAM, bookkeeper.
2002 – 2005 CLIFF BUXTON, receptionist / bookkeeper.
2005 – to present TOM AND BARBARA MURGATROYD, bookkeeper / prison ministry.
2007 - 2009 DIANA SIVADON, spiritual encouragement for abused women / development.
2007 – to present LINDA DIXON, spiritual encouragement for abused women.
2009 – to present MARY FISCHER, spiritual encouragement for women.
2010 ~ to present MAX AHLGREN, spiritual encouragement for men, Theophostic Prayer Ministy
2011 ~ to present JOHN MAAS, spiritual encouragement for men
Early in the ministry, a decision was made to launch an Internet web Site. Hopefully, by launching the site, similar ministries would be found around the world by people aspiring to start such ministries. For many years the quality of the web site was limited until 2007 when Diana Sivadon joined Hope as Director of Development and later when Linda Dixon became her assistant. Linda is in charge of maintaining the web site and publishing the newsletter. Individuals, local and foreign, have sought spiritual encouragement, which was extended via email, and Support Groups to those in the local area. From the earliest days of the ministry the financial support was fragile. The staff struggled as did Hope Ministries. Often it was uncertain how the bills would get paid. At least five times the financial struggle was serious enough to contemplate the closing of Hope Ministries However, this financial uncertainty often turned out to be a blessing in disguise. This situation continues to keep us humble and dependent upon the provisions of the Lord.
Although, the ministry continued to be fragile financially, the Board of Directors voted to consider an expansion beyond the pastoral counseling and the teaching ministry. It was apparent that additional opportunities were a possibility and existing staff members were called to develop new ministries. Lew Gervais opened a school to train counselors for addictions. Dick Phelps and Joe Pellizze began to offer a chaplain ministry to employers and local police and fire departments. Tom and Barbara Mergatroyd launched a ministry to prisoners and their family members.
I began to experience serious health issues during 2007. In spite of a severe shoulder injury and cardiac symptoms I attempted to continue leading the ministry. God supplied the strength in spite of major limitations. However, the Lord was leading me to step down as President. Accordingly, Joe Pellizze was asked if he would assume the Presidency; in January 2008 the transfer of leadership was begun.
By January of 2008, my physical condition made the transition of leadership very stressful. I attempted to continue as Chairman of the Board and coordinator of the Development Department but medical issues made any involvement difficult. Therefore, I retired as Chairman of the Board and as a staff member in January 2009.
From the early days there were remarkable situations where individuals and couples were assisted through great problems to go on to a victorious Christian life. All were encouraged that God was using us in a powerful way and bringing spiritual encouragement to many who would benefit and take a strong place in the church and community. The future of the ministry remains in the hands of the Lord.