Partnering with friends in Ghana, West Africa in education, rural development, and relationships.
ABOUT VILLAGE OF HOPE
HEARTBEAT FOR HOPE is a non-profit organization established in 2008 to assist this pre-established ministry, Village of Hope.
Over 30,000 children in Ghana, Africa are homeless, destitute, enslaved, or orphaned. Village of Hope children's village was established in 1996 with a mission to care for these needy and destitute children until they are able to take care of themselves. Since it's beginning, Heartbeat for Hope has partnered with VOH through child sponsorships, education enrichment, building projects, and building lasting relationships.
In 2013, we expanded our mission to include training programs for women: Hope Creations. The women gain information and skills to allow them to become self-supporting, and provide for their family.
Our third mission is the Rural Development program. Relationships have been established in several rural villages outside of Accra, Ghana. We hope to help these communities by improving the school structures, and providing educational supplies, educational sponsorships for children, and building lasting relationships with families.
Heartbeat for Hope Founder, Board President & Director
Aubrie graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2004 with a degree in Liberal Studies focused in Education, Behavioral & Social Sciences, and Bible. In 2006, Aubrie began volunteering as the missions coordinator for the elementary age ministry at her church home, Memorial Road Church of Christ, which is where a relationship with Village of Hope began. In 2008, Aubrie founded Heartbeat for Hope as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to expand awareness and partnerships for the mission.
The desire to help impoverished, orphaned, and special children in some way had long been on her heart. Aubrie feels immeasurably honored and thankful for the God-led direction, a brilliant, Christian Board and committee leaders & relationships at Village of Hope.
Board Member - Hope Creations, Treasurer
Dr. Amy Hubble is the Principal Investment Advisor at Radix Financial, LLC a registered investment advisory firm headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer for Heartbeat for Hope, she also sits on the Board of the CFA Society Cayman Islands and is on the Business Advisory Council for the Leftwich School of Business at Oklahoma Christian University.
Board Member - Curriculum
Judi has been involved in education since graduating from Oklahoma Christian College. After 30+ years as a public school teacher, she now serves as an assistant professor of education at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is also involved as a teacher and coordinator of children's education at her home congregation, Memorial Road church of Christ. Because of her love for children, Heartbeat for Hope's partnership with Village of Hope ministries is one of her life's passions and greatest blessings.
Board Member - Hope Creations
Chelsea spent almost a decade as a teacher across various subjects, grades and states. This includes spending two years as a teacher at Hope Christian Academy at the Village of Hope in Ghana. She is now the Program Director for HOLLA, a culturally responsive mentoring program in Portland, Oregon. She also is an adjunct professor at Warner Pacific University. Chelsea is passionate about educational access and equity.
Board Member - Rural Village Projects
Dean of Spiritual Life at Oklahoma Christian University since 2014
Minister at the Memorial Road Church of Christ from 1998-2014
Licensed Professional Counselor in clinical practice from 1992-1998
My family brings me so much joy and meaning. Sydney and I married back in 1990. We have two children, Shelby Cooper and her husband, Michael. Shelby has a Psychology degree from OC and is now in school to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Michael is the Assistant Director of Admissions at OC. Our younger daughter, Savannah McMillon who will be marrying Jordan Phillips on September 1 of this year. Savannah will graduate as an RN in April. Jordan recently finished medical school is a resident physician.
Our love of Ghana goes back nearly 15 years. My first of nine trips to Ghana happened in 2007 after a few years of dreaming and planning. Today, Ghana is home to some of my most favorite people on earth. It’s a privilege to serve with my fellow Heartbeat for Hope board members.
Director of Operations Execution for SONIC, has been with SONIC in various positions since 2002.
Married to Tammy (Boyd) McKeever since 1991, we have one child Monique McKeever who is currently attending Oklahoma Christian University.
I am a fan of Village of Hope and believe we are all called to help everyone have a chance in life. For me this is lived out by being involved in an organization that helps children in Ghana get an education and be able to come into contact with Jesus.
Lauren is originally from Cordell, Oklahoma, but graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2010 with a B.A. in General Business. She met her husband Zack at OC and they live in Edmond and attend Memorial Road Church of Christ. After working in the oil and gas industry for four years after college, Lauren decided to leave the corporate world to be home with her three kids: Eli, Evyn, and Emmy.