Meet the Team
Founder and Executive Director
Chad is the leader and and main speaker for The Hope Project. He also leads the co-ed group that serves those who are, or who have ever have, struggled with an addiction or compulsion.
Chad was born into a broken home. For years, he struggled to fill a God-sized hole with everything except for God. He battled with drug and alcohol addiction for fifteen years until he hit rock bottom and decided to seek help.
After checking himself into a treatment center, he began attending a local church and started hearing about a savior who welcomed the "messy" and "broken." Chad was tired of running and decided to give his life over to Jesus. As a result, he was immersed in a Christian community that walked alongside of him, teaching him how to grow in his new found freedom in Christ.
Chad has a passion to reach people in need of a relationship with Jesus. The seemingly unreachable. Chad loves to reach the people he affectionately calls, "The Wild Ones." He believes that there is no one that is too messy, too broken or undeserving, of God's love, grace and mercy. That is what The Hope Project is founded on.
Check Out Chad's Story Here
Family Care Director
Barb is in charge of caring for the families and loved ones of those who are addicted as well as leading the Family Group, which is a support group for those who have been affected by addiction.
Barb grew up in a family where Dad’s drinking was a problem. Her mom’s emotional energy was exhausted on coping the best she knew how. Barb learned early that her family had a secret to be hidden from the outside world. The secret led to this understanding: “don’t talk, don’t trust, don’t feel.” She entered young adulthood viewing life through the dark lenses of childhood brokenness. The empty hole inside was surrounded by low self esteem, anxiety, fear of authority figures, and generally not knowing who she was or what she wanted. Her marriage to an alcoholic came naturally. Within weeks the ripple effects of this disease spiralled into deep confusion and despair.
The Lord orchestrated for Barb to be in the right place at the right time to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. She accepted the love, forgiveness, grace and protection that knowing Christ offers and grew to know Jesus as a loving father. In the years to follow she tried all she knew to control her husbands’ and eventually their two childrens’ chemical addictions. In desperation, she found the twelve steps of recovery. Barb came to realize that just because she was a christian didn’t mean she was very good at relying on God as her higher power. The Life Recovery Bible explains this best:
“ Though I’m careful not to elevate the steps to the level of the Bible, the twelve steps are powerful and helpful because they are derived from scripture. They take everything I’ve learned about God, every great sermon I’ve ever heard, every great insight I’ve had--and bring it all down to a path that I can walk. These steps have transformed my faith into a faith that works.”
Barb has a passion to link arms with people who want to heal from this kind of trauma. She places great value on traditional secular recovery groups, not just christian groups. “For me, a faith-based recovery group like The Hope Project is the perfect marriage to my Al-Anon program.
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Community and Growth Group Leader
Matt is our Community and Growth, group leader. His group is designed for people who are looking for authentic community and real growth. They are a great group of people that have lots of fun together. Matt volunteers in many other capacities as well and is always willing to do whatever it takes to reach people! Matt is passionate about keeping our gatherings and other events safe, and loves serving on our THP Safety Team.
He's just a regular guy that feels most connected with God while exploring all the amazing things that nature has to offer.
He always thought there was more to life, especially from what can be seen on the surface, but still always struggled to see the bigger picture. He sought comfort and pleasure with alcohol, marijuana and relationships.
His reckless lifestyle carried well into his mid 20's until the feelings of giving up set in. When death became inevitable, he finally surrendered and asked God for a new path to follow.
Knowing what it feels like to be lost, and shortly after surrendering his sins to Jesus and feeling the peace it brought him, he felt called to volunteer with The Hope Project in the summer of 2019 in order to serve others the community.
He understands the challenges that come along the side of veering of the path and knows that God uses those hard times to bring you closer to him.
He sees every situation as unique and every person as an individual with their own powerful story that can be used to help guide other people back on track.
Faith is a journey.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous - how well I know it. Psalm 139:14
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Community and Growth Group Leader
Nathan is our Community and Growth, group leader. His group is designed for people who are looking for authentic community and real growth. They are a fun group to be a part of. Nathan is an amazing volunteer that brings a lot of joy to the table! At our in person gatherings, you can usually find him at the gathering entrance, making people feel welcomed and loved by the way he serves.
One of Nathan’s favorite sayings as a kid was “Crash & Burn.” Why? Because he was born 8 weeks premature with Cerebral Palsy. This meant Nathan didn’t learn to walk until the age of 4, he had a 504 plan at school, he learned to drive using hand controls, graduated college, and learned from an early age that your gonna fall down, the thing that makes the difference is your ability to get up and walk through your fire. For 9 years he coached people with disabilities and everyday he would hear I can’t because [insert label here]. He saw that people would be limited by a label placed on them, usually by
society, and it became their reality. What Nathan realized was this isn’t a disability issue it’s a human issue. For the past year he’s been developing the message of No Label Defines Me. What 34 years of life have taught him is, often it feels like us as humans are navigating a world that wasn’t designed for us. In order to live a No Label Defines Me life you must learn to adapt & act.
Nathan is the author of Empower Yourself: Awaken The B.E.A.S.T. Within.
Through eradicating labels, Nathan’s mission is to Eradicate Loneliness and help people get reconnected with their true self.