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Rob served as Hope’s Associate Director from March 2011 to December 2012 and became the Executive Director in January 2013. He is responsible for leading the staff team and ongoing development of the Mission.
Rob majored in Theology at Cairn University and Criminal Justice at Bucks County Community College. Rob’s ministry experience includes serving as Associate Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church of Philadelphia and as Chaplain for the Philadelphia Police Department. Rob is fluent in Spanish and has worked with missionaries in numerous countries. Rob’s professional experience also includes positions in the criminal justice systems of Philadelphia and Berks County.
Rob and his wife, Monica, have been married since 2001, and they have been blessed with four sons — Daniel, David, Jonathan, and Luke. The Turchi family runs a small farm in Oley, PA. The Turchi’s attend New Life Bible Fellowship Church and serve in various ministries there.
Being a follower of Jesus Christ is what motivates Rob to love and serve those in need. He believes there is a direct link between a person’s faith in God and how they should view and treat downtrodden individuals. Proverbs 14:31- “Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.”
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Frank joined our team in March of 2012, and his primary focus is to manage the programs of the mission and its men. In addition, he is utilizing his prior work experience to create tracking mechanisms for all of our programs, maintain and manage the newly developed computer center, and assist in vision casting and seeing mission projects to successful completion.
Frank has both a BS in Finance and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University, and his professional career prior to Hope Rescue Mission includes eight years at The Vanguard Group where he worked in Operations, Marketing and Finance, and four years at the Wyomissing-based Penn National Gaming as a business analyst. It was Frank’s rededication to the Lord and volunteer work that led him to Hope Rescue Mission.
Frank and his wife Anne Marie, live in Exeter with their three youngest children — Braelin, JT, and Natalie Anne, and also have two older children living on their own locally. Among his many interests Frank enjoys outdoor sports and activities, giving music lessons, and being involved in the worship ministry at Hopewell Christian Fellowship.
Steve Olivo, Program Director
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Before Pastor Steve became our Chaplain/Program Director in April of 2012, he was well renowned throughout the city of Reading, PA for his discipleship and counseling work in many different settings. He is a dedicated and faith servant of Christ who is passionate about ministering the Gospel daily to 150+ men at the Mission.
Leading street ministry in New York City along side of David Wilkerson, Dennis Bambino, Scott Teagues, and Bible College students ignited his passion for ministry. The Truth he learned during these years still empowers and motivates him thirty years later, at Hope Rescue Mission. Pastor Steve continued to pour into the lives of people on a professional level as the Director of Bethel House in New York, as well as the Director of New Person Center here in Reading, PA.
Pastor Steve and his wife, Jean live at the Mission, ministering to these men around the clock. Jean has been great support during his years of service and ministry to the Lord. They have three, grown children — Elijah, Isaiah, and Elizabeth. Pastor Steve ended his short interview with, “My family has been my Joy here in this world. The Lord is my banner.”
Dr. James Smith, Director of Donor Development
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After retiring as the Exeter High School principal in 2007, Dr. Jim joined the Olivet Boys & Girls Club serving in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer until the spring of 2014. Dr. Smith has a true heart for the downtrodden and feels that “We are called to be children of light and children of the day.” (1 Thess.5:5) “God calls on His people to shine hope and light into dark places.”
God, once again, called him to serve in the spring of 2014 as a volunteer at the Hope Rescue Mission facilitating strategic planning and serving on the Hope Annual Banquet planning committee along with his wife, Marijo.
In May of 2015, Dr. Smith was appointed to the position of Director of Donor Development. Jim and Marijo currently reside in Wyomissing, PA. Dr. Smith has two grown sons, Josh & Brandon, a stepdaughter, Ali, and a granddaughter, Vivienne.