Our Team

Tony and Faith GiBson: Founders

 
 

The Gibsons live in Niceville, Florida and have 3 adult children, Trey, Hannah, and Jeremy who is married to Lauren. They began HOB as a family ministry in 1997. In 2005, Tony left a 20 year career in Church Music Ministry to become the full time director of this growing mission ministry to orphans. Faith oversees the daily operations of the Back to Africa project and is an active participant in the leadership of HOB. Tony serves as the Executive Director of the ministry and travels extensively to establish, expand and strengthen our partnerships and to oversee our missionaries.

 
 
HOB HOME OFFICE STAFF

Amy Bishop

Office Manager

 

Amy helps establish and oversee HOB office systems. She is also the front door to the ministry providing help and information to all of our contributors. Amy is the person that you contact if you have a question. She is the wife of Steve and the mother of Ryan and Cassie.

 
 

Carol Boykin

Director of Childhood Development

 

Carol joined the HOB full time missionary staff in 2006 as Director of Childhood Development. She provides oversight of our Child Sponsorship Program and develops discipleship resources to be used by the teachers and children in our homes.  Carol is the wife of Steve and the mother of Brad and Janice. Prior to joining HOB Carol served in a position of vocational Children's Ministry.

 

Michael Anderson

Director of Development

 

Michael is involved in developing opportunities for churches, organizations, and individuals to become more involved in our ministry. In addition, he leads our efforts in web development. Prior to joining the HOB staff he was Pastor of Student Ministry at a church in Madison, WI . He and his wife Claudette are the proud parents of Taylor, Max, Shelby and Jase.

Brian Crisman

Director of International Discipleship

 

Brian is involved in developing discipleship programs for our missionaries, orphananges, and individuals who are involved in our ministry. Prior to joining the HOB staff he was Pastor of Worship Ministry at a Lynwood Baptist Church in  Cape Girardeau, MO. He is married to Sonya and has 5 children, Victoria, Emma, Brotey, Kate and Ellie.

 

Holly Moore

Financial Assistant

 

Holly is a CPA practicing in Fl. She has extensive experience in working with non profit organizations. Holly has a degree in accounting from Auburn University. She is married to Billy and has 3 children: Josh, Becca, and Hannah.

 
 

Maribeth Wollard

Financial Oversight

 

Maribeth is a CPA practicing in Niceville, Fl. and has served the ministry part-time since 2007. Maribeth plays a crucial role in overseeing our independent financial audit and ensuring HOB adheres to the highest financial reporting standards. She has a daughter, named Maggie. 

 

Kristi Mann

Event Coordinator

 

Kristi is our event coordinator. She has served the ministry part-time since 2011. Kristi plays a crucial role in coordinating our ministry team trips and fundraising events.. She is married to Jody and has a daughter, named Maggie. 

 

Our Long Term Missionaries

 
Serving in Kenya
 

Jason and Lisa Hovingh
(and Laura, Aaron, and Andrew)

Serving in Naivasha, Kenya

 

The Hovinghs are veteran missionaries.  With the exception of a few years in the U.S. to attend college and begin a family, Jason has lived in Kenya since he was 3 years old. The Hovinghs are the Directors of our African Missionary Base Camp that will house training, orientation, and retreats for our missionaries and international partners. Jason also oversees a number of ongoing ministries in the Naivasha community and works with our regional partners.

 
Serving in Zambia

Bob and Candace Walker
(and the Walker tribe)

Serving in Kitwe, Zambia

 

The Walkers joined the HOB Team in 2006 to become full time directors of the Nehemiah Boy's Ranch for street boys in Kitwe, Zambia, Africa. Prior to joining HOB the Walkers worked for many years as camp directors in a variety of cultural settings. HOB is thankful for the experience and commitment that they are bringing to the overwhelming needs of orphans in Africa. The Walkers are now leading Abba's Heart Ministries for orphans and street kids in Zambia.

 

 

Karen van de Voorde

Serving in Kitwe, Zambia

 

Karen has been serving in the HOB Home Office as the Director of Field Operations since joining the full time missionary staff in November of 2004. In 2011 Karen joined our international mission team and will serve in Kitwe, Zambia.  Karen is a former school teacher with extensive foreign mission experience. Karen will be missed around the office but we're excited to see how God uses her operational and teaching experience as she works with Abba's Heart Ministries for orphans and street kids in Zambia.

 
 

Andrea Burns

Serving in Kitwe, Zambia

 

Andrea joined the HOB Mission Team serving Zambia in Spring 2011.  Andrea was part of our summer 2010 DO Justice team and she has answered the call to full-time ministry as a Social Worker. HOB is thrilled to have Andrea join our growing team of missionaries in Zambia and excited about the professional expertise she brings to Abba's Heart Ministries for orphans and street kids in Zambia.

Stephanie Barron

Serving in Kitwe, Zambia

 

Stephanie started as an HOB intern and returned to Zambia in December 2011 as a full-time missionary with Abba's Heart Ministries for orphans and street kids in Zambia. HOB is excited that God provided a caring person like Stephanie to minister to boys and girls living in desperate situations.

 
 

Our International Partners

 
CHRISTIAN HUMAN CARE - HAITI

Edner and Rosena Veus

Serving in Mare Rouge, Haiti

 

Edner and Rosena are the directors of Christian Human Care in Haiti, an organization that Edner helped form with HOB to care for orphans and at risk children in extreme poverty in Northwest Haiti. Edner grew up in an orphanage and has a passion to help those who would otherwise have no hope. He and Rosena are vibrant Christians, and they are the parents of Sael, Marc and Danaelle.

 
HOUSE OF HOPE HOME - KENYA

Joel and Susan Karanja
(shown holding Wamae)

Serving in Naivasha, Kenya

 

Joel is a great man of faith who has pursued the burden care for orphans since he was twelve years old. He never lost faith in the Lord in porviding for this calling until God connected him to Heart of the Bride in 2005. Joel and Susan pour their lives into the children as their very own and they also minister passionately to the surrounding community. The Karanjas are the proud parents of Mary and Joann and of Giffin who they adopted as an infant.

 
NIZHNIGORSK CHILDREN'S HOME - UKRAINE


 

 

Alexie and Tanya Zurhovlov
(shown with Roma)

Serving in Nizhnigorsk, Ukraine

 

We met the Zurhovlovs through missionary friends in Ukraine who knew about the ministry focus of Heart of the Bride. Both Tanya and Alexi became Christians as adults. For many years after her conversion, Tanya and her children prayed for Alexi who was an alcoholic. Years later, he had a radical conversion experience and began a life dedicated to Christ and free from alcohol. The Zurhovlovs lost a baby later in their marriage and from that a desire to help other children was birthed. The Zurhovlovs are the parents of two adult children, Alena and Andrew; and have adopted 11 children into their home from institutional orphanages.