South Georgia House of Hope is a beautifully renovated farm house filled with the love and presence of God. A place where women can let go of of their fears and learn to trust again. Our number one priority is to help them build an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:5 “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us”
StaffRick & Sharon Wagner Co-Founder, Directors
Rick Wagner is a realtor with a big heart after God, and a vision to build a city where men, married couples and families can rebuild their lives after the devastation of addiction. He has personally experienced the chains of alcoholism and the effects of drugs on children and families.
Sharon’s background includes a 15-year addiction to cocaine which she overcame in 1987 with the love of God and the discipline of Teen Challenge. While at the Walter Hoving Home in New York, Sharon received a vision to provide a home for women – a place of safety and healing. After completing classes in Biblical Counseling she helped facilitate a support group for two years at her local church.
In 2005, out of a passion to bring healing and freedom to women struggling with alcohol, drugs and abuse, Rick and Sharon founded South Georgia House of Hope. They began a journey of faith that will last a lifetime. In 2006, they were ordained and licensed as ministers. Both have completed basic and advanced training through Elijah House in Inner Healing, basic training in Theophostic Prayer Ministry and Restoring the Foundations. Rick and Sharon are Certified Recovery Support Specialists and are continuing their education through N.E.T. Training Institute, based in Orlando, Florida, to become certified as addiction counselors.Cathy Pipkin Pastor, Leadership Director
Cathy Pipkin has a Masters Degree in Education from Valdosta State University and thirty-one and a half years of teaching experience. For the last nine years in her teaching career, Cathy taught in Clinch County Alternative School. She became a licensed minister in November of 1996.
Cathy has been officiating church services in both male and female prisons for fifteen years. She has done ministry in International locations such as Jamaica, Germany and Africa. As the founder of Living Hope Ministry and Women of Destiny, Cathy organizes women’s conferences and revivals. Cathy’s role at South Georgia House of Hope is helping women become responsible citizens through leadership classes and Bible study, as well as group sessions, counseling and assisting with family issues.Will and Haleigh Howland Counselors, Teachers
Rick has experienced addiction first hand and now has healing and freedom through Gods redemption to give to others. Rick graduated the program at Dunklin Memorial Camp, went through Servant Leadership Training and was on staff for three years. He is an Ordained Minister and has served in the men’s program at Dunklin, the kid’s church and the men’s program at the Martin County, Florida Jail. He also has an AS Degree in Theology.
Stephany also comes from a past of addiction and abuse and has come to an all inspiring relationship with Jesus Christ. She has graduated from the Refuge Ranch and The Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach. She continued with a two year discipleship program and has worked as a bookkeeper as well as run a program called “Shine Girls” for the Outreach Department of Care Net Pregnancy Center. She will graduate with her AS degree in Human Services in December 2014.
Rick and Stephany Wagner have teen twin boys and newborn boy. Together, the Wagner’s objective is to come alongside leaders to help fulfill their vision to bring hope and healing to families struggling with addiction, along with crisis intervention, individual and marital counseling as needed. They live out of a passionate and sustaining desire to give back what they have received.
After being set free from her own past of addictions and abuse, Lauren has a burning desire to give back. She is a single mom to her son Isaiah, and is a walking testimony to the power of God when we learn to trust him, and that is exactly what she wants to teach others. Lauren became a nurse as a young adult which is evidence of her desire to care for others. She graduated nursing school in February 2011 and has experience in psychiatric nursing. She has also served on the leadership council for The Buggy Bunch and became a Co-Director for evangelism and discipleship. As she grew in God's love He filled her with the desire to facilitate a bible study designed specifically to reach single moms. Lauren also has experience in post-abortive counseling as she has received healing in this area as well. We have seen the power of personal experience applied and how this allows the women to feel safe and receive the healing Jesus has for them. In 2015 she attended a week long Leadership Conference at The Women’s Refuge in Vero Beach, Florida, where she was taught many aspects of being a member in the body of Christ. God has gifted her with abundant compassion to come along side of the women as they pursue getting well.
Seeking after God’s heart is Elyssa's passion. She was drawn into drug addiction as a teenager which was a whirl-wind to a rocky start. The Lord turned all things for good just as He promised and has used her gifts and testimony to help other women struggling with addiction and abuse. God has shown her many times that her ability to stay humble and contrite is one of her main attributes to The House of Hope. Through serving in the food and beverage industry for 11 years she has gained key skills needed for the administrative assistant position, such as communication, time management and having a strong work ethic. In 2007 she received her high school diploma at Stuart Community High School. She has served in many ministries such as, Morning Star Church, The Buggy Bunch, Care-Net, and Shine Girls each showing her the power of honoring God in actions. It has been an amazing journey as God began the healing process for her at Women's Refuge of Vero Beach. She has received forgiveness, letting go of fears, and learning to trust again by having an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. From this overflow she presently shares with the women at House of Hope.