Founder and President
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.
Before she was a believer, her undergraduate studies in Social Work led her to volunteer in Bogota, Colombia at a school for displaced children. Through a Christian ministry operating in the barrios of Bogota, Gemma found a personal savior in Christ. Her heart to serve His people has only strengthened since that day, as she has become a fervent disciple of Jesus.
Since leaving Colombia, Gemma has served autistic children, at risk middle school girls, the homeless, paroles, as well as the chronically ill. God’s hand has truly been the guiding force in the life of Gemma, and she is so happy to have been led to the God of Hope. She lives in Austin with her husband, Kilian, and their two dogs, Leia and Kayla. Her favorite weekend activities are hikes at Inks Lake State Park, watching Hummingbirds from her porch, and playing board games.
After graduating from Texas Lutheran University in 2012 she moved back to Austin to work for her father Keith Hill as his Office Manager. She has known about GOH for years from Keith who has taught Scripture Memory in the men’s dorm. In 2018 as Keith planned to retire, GOH needed a new Administrative Assistant. Lydia recognized God’s timing and joyfully accepted the position. She is excited to use her skills from managing her father’s office to serve this ministry and join in God’s work. In her spare time Lydia enjoys reading, hiking, swimming and watching movies.
Board of Directors
Rob Harrell served as a Board member from 2009 to 2014. He returned as a Board member in 2017.
Pastor Rob Harrell has more than four decades’ experience leading ministry in the local church, national movements, and international organizations. He has guided organizations large and small at the highest levels, bringing his compassion and skill as a leader-of-leaders to a wide range of issues and experiences.
In January 2017, Rob transitioned into the role of Pastor Emeritus of Austin Oaks Church, turning his full attention to serving the body of Christ globally. He continues to mentor faith leaders and business leaders as they seek to leave a legacy for God’s kingdom that lasts.
Rob received a B.S. degree in Psychology/Sociology from the University of Utah, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Rob lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Kathy. They have two grown children, Kylie and Stephen, their “answer to prayer” spouses Laure and Chris, and a grandson Jack.
He is a proud graduate of UCLA and, after living in Austin since 1984, is a “naturalized Texan”. When Ted is not volunteering with GOH Ministries he works in the Audio-Visual Industry, teaches at “Austin Oaks Kids” Ministry and directs the Austin Oaks Church 4REAL Men’s Ministry. He greatest accomplishment is his marriage to his wife Teresa and raising their wonderful daughters, Delaney and Marley.
Wayne Bost joined the Board in March 2021. 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 commercial litigation and served in senior management, recruiting and business development roles at the firm.
Wayne graduated from Auburn University in 1981 and from Baylor Law School in 1985. He lives in Austin with his wife Jayne, whom he married in 1982. They are active members of Life Austin, have 3 grown children, Cory, Allie and Will, and spend parts of each year in the mountains in North Carolina.
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