Brad Houff – Founder & Executive Director –  Brad has over 25 years of experience in the areas of spiritual formation and leadership development. For nine years he served as the Pastor of Community & Spiritual Formation at Hope Church in Richmond, VA. Prior to that, he was on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 16 years – first as a Campus Minister at Wake Forest University and then as an Area Director for campuses in Eastern Virginia. He holds degrees from the College of William & Mary and from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of Renovare’s Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation.

Marmi Houff – Founder & Spiritual Direction Coordinator – Marmi also has over 25 years of ministry experience. The first half of that time was with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship – serving as both a Campus Minister and an Area Director. The second half of that time has been in the area of Spiritual Formation – leading groups and retreats and providing one-on-one spiritual direction. She spent six years under the leadership of Ruth Haley Barton at The Transforming Center – first as a participant and then as a member of the intercession and serving team. She has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and was trained as a Spiritual Director at Richmont Graduate School.

Karen Wood – Board Member – Karen grew up in northern Virginia and graduated from the College of William and Mary. She received her Masters degree in Health Fitness Management from American University. Karen and her husband Hank moved to Richmond 22 years ago where they raised their three children who are now adults. Karen has taught school, managed corporate fitness programs including a cost benefit study at the Pentagon. She was on staff at Hope church from 2006-2010 directing the children’s ministry and later served on the session as an Elder. Hank and Karen are both actively involved at Hope Church. Karen currently is involved in mentoring young women, Feeding Future Leaders at Thomas Jefferson HS and Jobs For Life at the Richmond City Jail.

Monica Murphy – Board Member – Monica grew up in Pennsylvania where she graduated from both Grove City College and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She is a board-certified anesthesiologist who completed her training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  She has worked in the VCU and Bon Secours medical systems in Richmond.  Monica and her husband, Paul, are actively involved at Third Church, where she serves as a deacon. They are also enthusiastic supporters of CrossOver Health Care and Elijah House Academy.  Monica serves on the Advisory Council of Veritas School where her three sons are enrolled.  She and her family live in Richmond’s Northside.

Steven Breedlove – Board Member – Steven is a missionary church planter in the Anglican Diocese of Christ our Hope. He is currently planting a church in Richmond, VA, and also serving as an associate priest at Redeemer Anglican Church. He is married to Courtney, and they have three children—Steven, Sam, and Claire. Courtney is a former math teacher and is currently homeschooling their children. Steven graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Classics, and taught Greek, Latin, Rhetoric, and Philosophy at Veritas Christian Academy, a classical school in Asheville, NC. After receiving a Masters in Education Leadership from Columbia University, he served as Upper School Principal at Veritas. In 2014, he left Veritas to attend Beeson Divinity School, where he received his M.Div. in 2017. He was ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church in North America in 2017.



Joe Moore – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship – Joe lives with his wife, Patti, in Winston-Salem, NC.  He graduated from James Madison University in 1977.  The following fall he joined the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, where he has served since.  In 2006 Joe became the Director of Spiritual Formation for the Blue Ridge Region.  The following year he became the National Co-Director for Spiritual Formation & Prayer.  In 2016 Joe left the National Co-Director role to become the Assistant Regional Director for Spiritual Formation & Prayer for Carolinas Region.  Joe has two Certificates in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Theological Seminary and from the Renovare’ Institute.


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