I am the Executive Director at BrickHouse Family Ministries. I have been blessed to be married to my best friend Doug for the past 30 years. This blessing includes the birth of two children Alanna and Austin, my daughter Alishea by marriage to our son and three very special grandsons. I believe strongly in the restoration and healing of teens, families and broken relationships and this is why I support our ministry.
I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management, AAS in Medical Assisting, am an Independent Educational Consultant, sit on the board of the Wells County Domestic Violence Task Force, Citizens Against Drug Abuse and Prayer Ministry within my Church Family. I am passionate about BrickHouse Family Ministries as we share Biblical truth and the love of Christ daily through our ministry. I get to partner every day with an amazing staff that loves and nurtures the teens and families. I believe in miracles. I believe in God. And I believe that if you are reading this, you know I believe in you.
My husband and I serve as the Primary House Parents at BrickHouse Family Ministries. We have
been married 32 years; have three children, two daughter-in-laws, one son-in-law and five
God has been preparing us to serve at BrickHouse Family Ministries each step along the way. When we were first married we lived on a dairy farm. Once we became saved we went to New Tribes Bible School and from there we were sent to Venezuela on the mission field. From 1992-2001 we were dorm parents at a boarding school in the middle of the jungle. In 2001 we returned to the United States and Joe took a youth pastor job in Michigan for two years. After that we moved to Georgia and worked at a home for foster boys. It was here that we met our foster son Kerry, who is currently attending Bible School at New Tribes Bible School . Our last move before coming to BrickHouse Family Ministries was Illinois, where we served at a boy’s home called Salem 4 Youth. BrickHouse Family Ministries drew us in from the start. We really love that the parents are involved. It’s a total restoration of the family. The parents may not be living at BrickHouse Family Ministries, but they’re just as involved as we are. We’ve learned from past experiences that if there’s not teaching and change in the family, it doesn’t work. We are thrilled to be at BrickHouse Family Ministries and excited to see how God uses us.
I love learning and helping others learn. In fact, most of my life has been spent in school doing one of those two things–either learning so I could be qualified for a position like this (I have licenses in grades 1-9 and special education and a master’s degree in education) or teaching others (in private and public schools both in the US and overseas; in elementary, high school, and university settings). Ultimately, however, I know that no learning can provide true peace and joy so my prayer as the teacher here is from Ephesians 3:16-19 – “I pray that…you…may have power…to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge…” In 2013 the Lord gave me a wonderful husband and family, making me an instant wife, mother, and grandmother. I am so blessed and thankful!
Married over 30 years, my husband and I have parented three amazing children- two sons and one daughter. God has faithfully provided for all of our needs at just the right time in these
years. Through my family I have come to learn a great dependency on God, the value in diversity,
the power of forgiveness, and the growth that comes in learning from my mistakes as a wife and
With BrickHouse Family Ministries since its beginning, I began as part of the weekly prayer
team. From this I became a prayer and later a lay counselor in our non-residential program. I vividly recall the healing presence of God in that first session. In that experience God stirred my heart to pursue counseling full time.
I returned to school and I now practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Prior to this career change I was an Occupational Therapist which included work with adolescents on an inpatient mental health unit and birth to three home based services.
I am awed and humbled by the privilege to share the reality of Jesus, His love, His healing, His
freedom and truth through counseling at BrickHouse Family Ministries. I believe in teens, families and God’s deep love for them. Nothing is impossible with God, and I am thrilled to partner with Him to see the POSSIBLE come to pass in the lives of hurting teens and families.
I married my high-school sweetheart Derek in 2000. I was a stay-at-home mom for almost 8 years, taking care of my son and daughter who are now in elementary and middle school. In my free time I enjoy traveling, reading, listening to music and laughing. My favorite places to be are at an ocean beach, lake or at an amusement park with my family. I have Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and taught Second Grade and K-5 Computers/Technology. I have done a wide variety of jobs over the past 15 years and enjoy working with people and multi-tasking.
I am passionate about BrickHouse Family Ministries because I have a big heart for youth and can
relate to many of the challenges and struggles that they often deal with. I believe that the Lord
brought me here to work and it has been a blessing to me to learn the ministry and see the Lord’s healing of residents and their families as well as our staff and volunteers.
I have been married to Dick Beck for 18 years. I have one son Heath Hurst, and Dick has two sons, Bryan, and Jason Beck. We have two great Daughters-in-Law, Maraiah Russell, and Renae'
Beck. We also have three wonderful grandchildren, Luke and Lily Hurst, and Faith Beck. I enjoy
spending time with the grandchildren, working in my garden, and playing with my two scotty dogs. I also spend time working with the Wells County Friends of the Shelter, trying to improve the environment for local shelter dogs and cats, and the people in our community who are struggling to retain the furry members of their family. I also work with St. Louis Scottish Terrier Rescue, transporting, and fostering homeless Scotties.
I grew up in Anderson, and my family is originally from Indianapolis. I have been a Wells County
transplant for nearly forty years, and Bluffton is my home. Big cities are a great place to visit, but
small communities are the best place to raise a family and live. I graduated from International
Business College's Accounting Program, and have worked as a bookkeeper for many different and varied businesses. As BrickHouse Family Ministries continues to grow and change, I hope my experience can maintain accuracy in its financial information, while continuing to implement more advanced accounting practices that will allow the ministry to maintain financial stability. I am really excited about the BrickHouse Family Ministries mission. Today's teens have so much more to deal with than I did as a teen. Parents struggle to maintain a home environment, and in the process, much of the time, they end up being the missing link. Peer pressure is no longer sneaking off to a movie. Today's kids are subjected to drugs, crime, bullying, and a lack of supervision by the people who love them the most. Their peers are as lost as they are.
Many of these kids have no experience with Spiritual Faith, or belief in God. House of Hope offers
them love, guidance, a sense of purpose, and an introduction to our Savior. With faith in our Lord, they build faith in themselves.
I serve as the manager of BrickHouse Farms Store. My wife, Dianna and I have been married for 38 years and God has blessed us with two children, Kristi and Mike, as well as seven grandchildren; Kaleb, Caleb, Riley, Austin, Laken, Mylan and Judah.
I hold a Bachelors’ degree from Taylor University and a Masters’ degree from Ball State University. I recently retired after 35 years of teaching mathematics and coaching various sports in the public education system.
I firmly believe God has led my wife and I to BrickHouse Family Ministries to serve this important ministry in a variety of ways. It is our deepest desire to be a reflection of God’s grace, mercy, and love in all that we say and do. We are excited to have this new journey in this season of our lives together. We look forward to developing close and meaningful relationships with the young men and families of BrickHouse Family Ministries.
I am the Community Outreach Coordinator at BrickHouse Family Ministries. In this position I work to raise awareness for the ministry through community events and other family focused resources. I also oversee the AfterCare program for the young men who have completed our residential program. In the AfterCare program we work with the young men in a mentor role, helping them apply the tools they have gained and continue to develop a long term vision for their life. My wife, Tera, and I have been married for over ten years and have three young children. I have worked in ministry for over 15 years in various roles, including youth pastor and lead pastor. In 2015 I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Addictions Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan. I have worked the Allen County Opiate Task Force and other community organizations to address the growing substance abuse issue in our community.
I know that the heart of God is committed to restoration, and it is an honor to partner with God in this good work. Through God there truly is hope for every young man to fulfill the purpose God has for their life.
I serve as Farm Manager at BrickHouse Family Ministries along with my wife and kids. My wife, Annette and I have been married for 15 years. We have two children: Lance 13 and Kayla 11. We enjoy working with our kids and their livestock and other projects in 4-H. We serve in our church (Hope Missionary) through ushering and teaching Preschool.
I have a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Purdue in Ag Business Management. I work for Troxel Equipment as a Service Administrator. We are passionate about BrickHouse Family Ministries because of being able to help work with the boys on the farm and being able to teach them things that relate to the farm.
Brandy is very experienced in working with teenage boys. She loves to snuggle with the BrickHouse Family Ministries residents, beg for treats and keep the farm cats on good behavior. She also has become skilled at moving cattle.