HFW Governing Board & Advisory Council
Hope for Wholeness is presently managed by its Governing Board, and its Advisory Council as the chief counsel until a new Director is elected.
HFW Governing Board
The Hope for Wholeness Governing Board is a policy governance driven board. The Board oversees HFW's President through the creation and monitoring of governing policies. Learn more on Policy Governance. Click here to review HFW's Governing Policies. Click here to review HFW's Bylaws.
Governing Board: Tom Cole, Campobello, SC, Chairman; Daniel Mingo, Louisville, KY, Vice Chairman; Judy Williams, Clinton, MS, Board Secretary; Ethan Martin, Fort Meyers, FL; Jeanie Smith, Richmond, VA.; Ralph Puccini, Raleigh, NC, Treasurer; MJ Wilson, Lexington, KY.
The Hope for Wholeness Advisory Council is consulted with by the board presently and advises on almost every aspect of the organization. While they do not have any governing authority, the Advisory Council is given strong influence on the the decision making and running of HFW. One key area is the annual selection of HFW's national conference general session speakers.
Advisory Council: Sonia Balcer, Los Angeles, CA; Tom Cole, Taylors, SC; Marc Dillworth, Bradenton, FL; Carla Harshman, Frankford, IN; Jeanette Howard, Sussex, England; Daniel Mingo, Louisville, KY; Ethan Martin, Fort Meyers, FL; Bob Ragan, Northern Virginia; Brenna Kate Simonds, Brockton, MA; Jeanie Smith, Richmond, VA.
Meleah is a former lesbian who spent a decade living homosexually but recommitted her life to Christ in 1992. She has been married to Mark since 1995. They have raised four children to adulthood and have two grandkids as well. Meleah founded New Beginning Support Ministry (NBSM) in 2005 and offers individual and family counseling, support groups, a service ministry called Life Support, and is available for speaking and teaching. She recently completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Services at Montreat College, as well as certification through the American Association of Christian Counselors as a Biblical Life Coach.
Los Angeles, CA
Sonia first began to entrust her gender identity to the Lord in 1980, and experienced much personal restoration through local fellowship and prayer. In 1992, she began "Safe Passage," serving others struggling with homosexuality. She is active in worship at church and is employed as a physicist, and thereby captivated at many levels with the beauty and wonder of God's creation.
Board Chairman & Advisory Council
Tom is president of Pure Heart Ministries International. Tom and his wife, Donna, share the testimony of walking free from homosexuality. They are the authors of Pure Heart - Restoration of the Heart through the Beatitudes. Tom has spoken worldwide with the message of healing in Christ for 25 years and has served on the governing board of Hope for Wholeness since 2014. Tom and Donna currently reside in Taylors, SC.
Carla is the founder of Vital Signs, a ministry in northern Michigan for those affected by homosexuality. While living in northern Michigan, Carla worked with the LGBT community in providing services to those living with HIV/AIDS. Carla currently resides in central Indiana.
Fort Meyers, FL
Board Member & Advisory Council
Ethan is a unique young man, 6'7" tall that radically loves others and life. He was formerly gay-identified and freely admits to continuing to walk with struggles with same gender attraction. He understands first hand the faith journey that all those we serve are on. In addition to being the director of Revelation 12:11 Ministries in Fort Meyers, Florida, Ethan is a full-time counselor. He graduated from Stetson University in Florida with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in German. He also graduated from Liberty University with a M.A. in Professional Counseling.
Board Vice Chair & Advisory Council
Daniel is the founder and ministry director of Abba’s Delight, based in Louisville, KY. Daniel became a born-again Christian at age 17, yet for nearly 30 years was secretly involved in homosexual activity through anonymous encounters. Intensely pursuing discipleship in Jesus while dying to homosexual temptations proved a monumental internal conflict as Daniel realized he had been feeding a sexual addiction. In 1993, through mentor counseling and attending support/recovery group meetings, Daniel went into recovery for his addiction and continues that overcoming process today. Daniel has been in active ministry since 2003, and established Abba’s Delight in 2008. Daniel and his wife, Fran, were married in 1983, and have three adult sons.
Board Treasurer & Advisory Council
An Assistant City Clerk by trade for the City of Raleigh, NC, he serves on the worship team and building maintenance team at Mercy Vineyard Christian Fellowship and is currently a small group leader in Living Waters. Ralph holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies/Music Concentration from Salisbury University (MD) and an M.Div. in Pastoral Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (NC). He and his wife, Maureen have been married since 1997.
Rev. Bob Ragan
Bob has been the full-time director of Regeneration Northern Virginia since 1993. Bob provides spiritual direction, healing prayer, and coordinates support groups in the DC metro area. He has ministered in Europe, South America, Asia, and across the US. Bob is an ordained deacon in the Anglican Church. He is also the current board chairman for Exodus Global Alliance.
Brenna Kate Simonds
For more than 16 years, Brenna has been learning to walk in freedom from same-sex attraction, disordered eating, self-injury, self-loathing, and chronic low self-esteem. For over a decade, she has directed Alive in Christ, a ministry for Christians impacted by same-sex attraction. Because of this, she has had the opportunity to be in The Boston Globe’s award-winning documentary, Just as I Am, and the TV show, Pure Passion. She’s also the author of the book titled, Learning to Walk in Freedom. Brenna's favorite pastimes are running, singing, gluten-free cooking, and enjoying the company of her husband and their three children at home in the greater Boston area.
Board Member & Advisory Council
Jeanie is the Director Emeritus for Set Free Ministries in Richmond, VA. She served there from 1992 through January 2015. Jeanie began by forming and leading support groups such as Loved Ones, Women Overcoming, Living Waters, Cross Current, and Boundaries. In 1998, she was named Executive Director. Jeanie’s primary strengths are in the areas of healing prayer, teaching, coordinating groups, and communicating a passion for ministry to the broken. Jeanie is the wife of Lee Smith, who leads the support group for Men Overcoming. She is the mother of two, grandmother of five, and has recently become a great-grandmother! She is currently a member of the Hope for Wholeness Advisory Council.
Board Secretary & Advisory Council
Grief-stricken over what Judy considered to be her child’s choices regarding sexuality, she searched for help five years before finding Christ-centered support, finally finding help in 2000. Motivated to get help for her child, she felt the Holy Spirit speak the scripture, “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.” Matt 7:5. Today, Judy and her husband, Jerry, co-direct In His Time, a discipleship-based ministry designed to help those who deal with sexual and relational brokenness. Her primary focus is helping people who experience sexual and relational brokenness to better understand their own identity, God’s nature and character, and the process of healing. Judy and Jerry have six grandchildren, and are excited about the Hope for Wholeness Network.
Melissa Jo "MJ" Wilson
Board Member & Advisory Council
Melissa has two master’s degrees—one in counseling from Eastern Kentucky University, and the other in social work from the University of Kentucky. Melissa has worked in several specialty areas of social work for the past 26 years. She has been teaching since 2006, currently teaching social work as an adjunct instructor at the University of Kentucky, as well as several area universities. Melissa is a devout follower of Jesus Christ. She comes from a Wesleyan background and today attends church at Southland Christian, where she serves as a Life group Facilitator and leader for Celebrate Recovery. In previous years, she served as a leader, counselor, teacher, and board member for an Exodus International member ministry in Lexington, KY. She additionally serves as the chairman of the board of New Beginning Support Ministry.