HFO Board of Directors
Hope for Orphans is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas. We have a couples board that combines the unique and complimentary power of husband and wife teams. Together our board represents one of the greatest assets God has provided Hope for Orphans.
PAUL AND ROBIN PENNINGTON
Paul is President of Hope for Orphans and his wife, Robin, is Director of Family Relations. Paul and Robin co-founded Hope for Orphans in 2001, before merging with FamilyLife/CRU in 2003. In 2014 Hope for Orphans became an independent 501(c)3 based in Austin Texas.
Paul and Robin got married in 1978 and came to ministry through the experience of adopting five of their six children. When Paul went to Korea in 1994 to adopt their son Ethan, he had a life changing experience beyond adoption and he realized that God was calling him and Robin to be engaged in serving the Church in Gospel-driven orphan ministry. Paul has been the co-author and host for several sought-after resources in adoption and orphan ministry. He also led the launch and development of The Christian Alliance for Orphans. Paul and Robin are excited about how Orphan Ministry is now a key component globally in completing the Great Commission among unreached people groups.
Robin has worked with countless at-risk families experiencing the disruption of their adoptions, along with the families receiving them. She is passionate about working with HFO’s local church networks to see how the Body of Christ can come along side both families of at-risk children and families in crisis. She has seen God work miracles to provide families for children in crisis, as well as learned much about those families at-risk for crisis. Robin was the co-presenter of research presented at the National Council for Adoption conference around the topic of why adoptive families disrupt. Robin is confident that her highest calling is to be a faithful follower of Jesus, and a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
Paul and Robin love their church, the Austin Stone Community Church, and live outside Austin, Texas.
JOE AND MELISSA TERRY
Joe and Melissa have enjoyed being one of God’s errand runners. Joe has been a framer, ditch digger, concrete finisher, superintendent, intern stock broker, owner of a commercial and residential construction company, ranch manager, estate manager, and President of diversification, for a company that provides services to hospitals. Joe now has the privilege to serve as Chairman and CEO of HHS. Melissa has worked as nanny, physical therapy assistant, political campaign manager, private school teacher, assistant tour manager, administrative assistant, and event planner. Melissa now has the sacred privilege of caring for Joe and their children.
They are hoping to use their diverse background to see that the body of Christ is equipped so that every child, from every tribe and tongue, has a forever home and knows of their adoption that is available through Christ.
Joe and Melissa have been married since 2006, and have four beautiful children. One happens to be through adoption and unfortunately its easy to spot her because she is more readily claimed than the others. When they aren’t changing diapers and wrestling with their kids you will find them outdoors and enjoying their favorite night together: date night!
BRIAN AND JILL MINNIX
Brian and Jill Minnix are the International Managers for Hope for Orphans. After meeting in boarding school, they attended Texas A&M University. After graduation, Brian worked in the financial sales industry, while Jill spent 6 years in pharmaceutical sales. After the birth of their son, Carson, Jill left the business arena to stay at home. They began a home church as God began to reveal His heart for the nations to the Minnixs, and they served as missionaries to Latin America, living in Costa Rica and different locations in Mexico. During their time in Mexico, Brian and Jill worked for Bienestar para Las Naciones which is a Mexican missions organization serving the Latin American church to fulfill the Great Commission. The Minnixs were involved also in church planting where Brian pastored a church while living in Mexico. The Minnix’s have three children: Carson, Micaiah, and Aleah. Jill homeschools all of them, and assists Brian when and where she can. The Minnix family has a passion for “the earth to be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord” and believes that this will be done through missions and orphan care.
ZACH AND STEPHANEE POTTS
Zach and Stephanee Potts both grew up in Texas and first met one another during their freshman year at Texas A&M. They both look back on that season and are grateful for the ways in which the Lord worked in each of their lives and hearts to draw each of them to Himself and to provide them with a godly foundation. They graduated with business degrees, and Zach also received his Masters degree in Finance. He currently is involved in real estate development in central Texas as well as the oil and gas service industry. When their first three children were 9, 5, and 3, they knew that the Lord was calling them to grow their family through adoption, and this leading was soon confirmed at an HFO “If You Were Mine” adoption conference. In 2008 they welcomed two daughters, Katya and Ana, from Ukraine. The girls were 12 and 10 at the time.
For many years after returning from Ukraine, Stephanee helped coordinate hosting trips which brought children from their girls’ orphanage to the U.S for a few weeks each summer and Christmas. Most of these children found forever families, and it has been one of their greatest privileges to have the opportunity to witness how the Lord has worked in the journeys of these families and children through adoption. Stephanee also navigated through the educational challenges that come with older child adoption. In more recent years, Zach and Stephanee have become aware of the many challenges that families sometimes face after adoption, and they both desire to offer support and encouragement to those families. Stephanee is especially passionate about helping families navigate the educational challenges that they often encounter.