Founder and President
Robert Dorrough, Founder, President, and Chaplain of The God of Hope Ministries, has been involved in prison ministry since 1988. Robert, a former campus police chief, saw crime spiral out of control. After his first visit to prison in 1988, he was moved with compassion as he saw men who appeared to be without hope. In 2000, Robert left his job and career because he believed that God was calling him to go and share the message that “God is the God of Hope.”
In addition to leading The God of Hope Ministries, Robert also serves as a Volunteer Chaplain at the Travis Unit in Austin, Texas. Besides spending time with his wife, Sharon and his daughter, Taylor, Robert also loves bike riding, fishing and traveling.
Sharon Hale, Women’s Director of The God of Hope Ministries, moved to the Austin area in 2017. Before joining The God of Hope Ministries, Sharon spent 32 years in the federal government areas of Finance, Accounting and Financial Statement Auditing. Sharon brings a wide range of skills and leadership experience to the team. Sharon earned a Bachelor of Accounting degree and BBA degree from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Sharon also earned an MBA from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
After graduating from Texas Lutheran University in 2012 she moved back to Austin to work for her father Keith Hill as his Office Manager.
Administrative & Discipleship Intern
Jesse Graduated with a Bachelor of Biblical Studies and Pastoral Ministry from the College of Biblical Studies in 2017 and has worked for various non-profits from homeless ministry, missionary ministries, and for TDCJ’s Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies program. In January 2019 Jesse began his Master of Divinity from Southwestern with a concentration is discipleship and looks to graduate in 2024.
Board of Directors
Wayne Bost joined the Board in March 2021 and currently serves as Vice Chair. Wayne was a law partner at Winstead PC, a large Texas-based business law firm, in the Dallas and Austin offices, for 30 years. He practiced complex commercial litigation and class action defense in state and federal courts throughout the country and served in senior management, recruiting and business development roles at the firm.
Wayne graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University in 1981 and with honors from Baylor Law School in 1985 where he served as Lead Articles Editor for the Baylor Law Review.
Wayne is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and is a Founding Fellow of the Austin Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a Member of the American Bar Association and Texas Bar Association. He is an active volunteer with several non-profit organizations including The Financial Literacy Coalition of Central Texas and Circles of Jackson County in western North Carolina, for both of whom he has taught financial literacy classes to hundreds of students.
Wayne decided to become active with The God of Hope Ministries upon learning about the remarkable people involved, the focus of their mission and the extraordinary success they have had redirecting lives and reducing recidivism. After one visit to the men’s dorms at the prison in Travis County with Robert Durrough, where he observed men doing Bible study, worshipping and giving personal testimonies, Wayne decided to help in any way possible.
Wayne lives in Austin with his wife Jayne, whom he married in 1982. They are active members of Life Austin Church and have 3 grown children, Cory, Allie and Will, all of whom live and work in the Austin area. Wayne has done a lot of public speaking throughout his law career, but cites Christian apologetics as his favorite subject to speak about. Wayne is an active member of the Austin chapter of Reasons to Believe, a national Christian apologetics organization, and has spoken there on the First Amendment issues affecting the teaching of creationism. Wayne and his family love making foreign mission trips, which have included trips to Mexico, Uganda, Kenya and Costa Rica, and Wayne enjoys gardening, reading, sports and cooking. He and Jayne especially enjoy the mountains of western North Carolina, where they now live several months out of the year.
Board Member Emeritus
In addition to The God of Hope Ministries, he has also served on the boards of Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, Austin Lyric Opera, and Austin Ridge Bible Church. Don is married to Margaret, and they have two grown sons, David and Chris. Today, Don spends much of his time managing the Santa Margarita Ranch, a hunting and deer breeding operation in South Texas owned by him.
Former Board of Directors
The God of Hope Ministries would like to acknowledge the contributions of the following former board members:
- Nancy Houston (2018 – 2020)
- Mark Larson (2018 – 2020)
- Dennis Jerke (2018 – 2020)
- Travis Gray (2017 – 2020)
- Humphrey Marr (2017-2019)
- Ellery Buchanan (2015 – 2018)
- Don Read (2015 – 2017)
- Tim Larson (2015 – 2017)
- Terrence Simmons (2015 – 2016)
- Steve Kahle (2014 – 2017)
- Doug Lawyer (2014 – 2017)
- Karen Olson (2014 – 2017)
- Greg Herring (2011 – 2015)
- Lee Weber (2011 – 2014)
- Michael Kump (2009 – 2014)
- Nub Donaldson (2009 – 2012)
- Jim McIntosh (2006 – 2009)
- Gary Cook (2002 – 2009)
- Dennis Page (2002 – 2009)
- Don Kunze (2002 – 2008)
- Gene Barfield (2002 – 2005)
Let those who rule well be counted worthy of double honor.
1 Timothy 5:17