Founder and President
Robert Dorrough, Founder, President, and Chaplain of The God of Hope Ministries, has been involved in prison ministry since 1988. Robert, a former campus police chief, saw crime spiral out of control. After his first visit to prison in 1988, he was moved with compassion as he saw men who appeared to be without hope. 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.
Gail spent 20 years in the U.S. Army. After retiring, Gail felt the Lord was calling her to a deeper, more intimate walk with Him. The desire of her heart was to help women who were trapped in strongholds of drugs, alcohol, domestic violence and criminal behavior. Gail completed her internship for certification in Licensed Chemical Dependency Counseling (LCDC) (CI) at the Ellen Burnett Unit. As soon as she walked in the unit, she knew God had called her to serve the women who were in prison. God had given her an unconditional love and a strong desire to help the women find their hope in God and establish a firm foundation in His Word, so when they left the prison they would have all the tools they needed to live a productive, successful life in Jesus. Besides enjoying spending time with her husband Caesar, Gail loves the time she enjoys with her 5 children and her 8 grandchildren. Gail also loves traveling internationally.
Lydia grew up in Austin and has been involved in her church and missions ever since she was a little girl. She has served in Bible Clubs, Youth Groups and on Mission Trips to Haiti, Mexico and Mozambique. She loves to help others and be involved in whatever God is doing. 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
Dean has been involved with TGOHM since 2007. He has served as a teacher, group leader and on the Curriculum Committee. Dean joined the board in 2017 and has a wealth of experience in serving on non-profit Boards. He is married to Susan. Dean loves bike riding.
Nancy has been involved with TGOHM since 2009. She began serving on the Board in 2018. She also currently serves as a teacher to our Women’s Faith Based Dorm at the Lockhart Unit.
Don began volunteering with The God of Hope Ministries in 2009 and has served several terms as Chairman of our Board. He retired from Dell Computer in 2001 after 14 years with the company, serving initially as its first CFO and then as Vice President, International Financial Relations. 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.
Mark Larson joined the Board in 2018.
Ellery joined our Board in January 2015 but has been active with God of Hope Ministries for over four years, serving as a Barnabas/Life coach and a Building Pastor. He has been married to Paulette for 37 years and has two sons. Paulette is a 5th grade teacher at Forest Trail Elementary School. Ryan resides in Austin and is getting married in April, and Derek is moving to Portugal in March to become a chef. Ellery is active at Austin Ridge Bible Church and engaged with Rio Bravo Ministries in Reynosa, Mexico. He is also the CEO of a nanofiber company in McAllen, Texas, FibeRio Technology Corp. When he can squeeze it in he enjoys golf as a way of staying humble, and likes to read.
Dennis started teaching in the God of Hope Ministry four years ago. He and his wife, Susan are born again Christians with three children and nine grandchildren in the Austin area. He is a member of Austin Ridge Bible Church and is also on a truck team for the Mobil Loaves and Fishes ministry. God is using him to reach the lost and often forgotten people in the prison and homeless population in Austin.
Humphrey Marr joined TGOHM Board in 2017 and has a huge passion for God. He serves as Vice President of Product Development at Liesiant, Inc.
Humphrey is married to Tenchita.
Travis Gray has been volunteering with TGOHM since 2008 and became a member of the Board in 2017. He has a wonderful story of hope and transformation and has a passion
to let others know how Jesus changed his life! He is married to his lovely wife “Gay”.
Rob Harrell served as a Board member from 2009 to 2014. He returned as a Board member in 2017. He is married to Kathy.
Former Board of Directors
The God of Hope Ministries would like to acknowledge the contributions of the following former board members:
- Dennis Page (2002 – 2009)
- Gene Barfield (2002 – 2005)
- Gary Cook (2002 – 2009)
- Don Kunze (2002 – 2008)
- Jim McIntosh (2006 – 2009)
- Nub Donaldson (2009 – 2012)
- Michael Kump (2009 – 2014)
- Lee Weber (2011 – 2014)
- Greg Herring (2011 – 2015)
- Steve Kahle (2014 – 2017)
- Doug Lawyer (2014 – 2017)
- Karen Olson (2014 – 2017)
- Terrence Simmons (2015 – 2016)
- Don Read (2015 – 2017)
- Tim Larson (2015 – 2017)
Let those who rule well be counted worthy of double honor.
1 Timothy 5:17