Board of Directors
A lifelong resident of Maryland, my wife and I moved to Las Vegas, NV in 2018 to spend more time with our grandchildren. After retiring from a twenty-seven-year career in law enforcement, I have maintained an active role in men’s and marriage ministry as well as in short term missions. I became actively involved with OneLife Africa in early 2012 and was a member of the first short term mission team to travel there in 2012. From that point I was all in and continued to travel to Kenya several times and serve stateside as I was able. I became a Bridge Board member in 2017.
Amanda Hughes first traveled to Kenya with a short-term missions team to work alongside the ministry of OneLife Africa in January 2016. The students, the country, and the work God was doing impacted her life in a way that made her return again with the missions team in January 2017, and then live there with her husband from Fall 2017- Fall 2018 to serve in the ministry. Presently, Amanda lives in the states with her husband and two young daughters, and feels blessed to be able to continue serving in her passion for Kenya and OneLife Africa through her role as a board member of Bridge Ministries.
As a founding member of Bridge Ministries, Patti is a dedicated follower and disciple of Jesus Christ committed to using her gifts, talents, and resources to spread the gospel near and far and help those in need. Patti has spent the last 25+ years serving the Carson Valley as owner operator of Sierra Bookkeeping Services. Patti spends her free time donating her accounting services to several local non-profit agencies. She is a proud, long-time resident of Douglas County, Go Tigers! Her most notable accomplishment is that she is a devoted mother of three adult children and grandmother of two grandsons all of whom know and love Jesus. “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he grows older, he will not abandon it.” -Proverbs 22:6. As a single mom, Patti was reliant on the believers around her to help her with her kids. As a result, she is committed to providing children around the world with an opportunity to have a relationship with Jesus and pursue an education.
Laura lives in Rocky Mount, Virginia, with her husband of 23 years and their almost-grown son. She works for the City of Roanoke Transportation Division as a GIS and Asset Manager. Laura’s home church is Church of the Holy Spirit, where she serves as a prayer minister, lay reader, and Bible study facilitator. Laura’s work with Bridge Ministries grows out of her desire to see Christ glorified in all corners of the world. She loves the students supported through OneLife Africa and desires their spiritual growth and sanctification above all else. Laura traveled to Kenya for the first time in 2018 and eagerly anticipates another visit.
Karen Berger currently resides in Carson City, Nevada with her husband and three children. Being a follower of Jesus for over 30 years now, she has been blessed to serve on the Bridge Ministries board for the past ten years. She is too noncommittal to have any true hobbies, but she loves Jesus, books, hikes, and front-porch fellowship.
My passion is for Disciple-making so wherever the Lord leads me that is my purpose. I currently serve with The Navigators as Associate Field Staff as a Life and Leadership coach. My emphasis for ministry is Church leadership. I also volunteer in a leadership capacity at my home church, Redeemer Lutheran. Amongst my responsibilities there is to lead the team that travels to Kenya every year to provide a Disciple-making Camp for students in OLA. It is the highlight of my year.
I have a loving supportive husband of 44 years. Together we have parented 4 children all of whom are grown and establishing families of their own. We indulge in spoiling our 9 grandchildren. And I pray for the opportunity to take some of them to Kenya one day!
In my spare time I love to travel, paint, sew, and garden. But who has spare time these days?
I grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC where I lived for most of my life. My home church gave me an opportunity for a short-term mission in Kenya in 2012 alongside OneLife Africa. After this experience I developed a strong passion for the ministry and the students of OneLife Africa to be known. I have served on several short-term mission teams since that time.
After my move to Nevada, my involvement shifted to serving on the Board, mostly in Communications and Donor Relations. This serves my desire to connect our students with their sponsors and share the amazing things God has done in and through their lives.
Personally, I love the Lord and am blessed to serve in this capacity. I have been married for nearly 30 years to my husband Doug and am a mother of two and grandmother of three.
Mike Hoopes is a retired pharmacist living in Maryland with his wife Janet. They have three children and 4 grandchildren. His pharmacy career spanned five decades and included teaching at the university level; as an executive in the pharmacy management industry; and, finished his career working in the pharmaceutical industry in medical information. He and Janet attend Redeemer Lutheran Church in Damascus, Maryland, where he has served as a Sunday school teacher, worked with new members, served on Redeemer’s Council, leads a Grandparenting ministry and leads a Team that supports the Redeemer’s seminarians. Mike has been involved in and assisted with leading Redeemer’s ministry with One Life Africa (OLA) since 2015. To date he has made seven visits attending OLA camps. He worked supporting the development of the OLA LEAD program and was active in the first GAP program in 2018. Mike joined the Bridge Board in 2021 and looks forward to finding new opportunities to pursue his life’s mission of discipling others for Christ.
Wife, mom, grandma, Jesus follower.
Still amazed that God has allowed her to be a part of this ministry.
Andrew and Stephanie Onguka
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