Board / Officers

Anne Edward (formerly Paulk): Executive Director / Board Member

DSC_7798-2 eAnne Edward's mission in leading the organization is to restore hope to those broken by sexual and relational issues, especially those impacted by homosexuality. 

Anne explains, “I know it’s possible to be set free from sexual confusion because that is my story. It is the testimony of thousands just like me. We at Restored Hope want to make sure all who seek the same healing we’ve experienced through surrendering ourselves to Jesus can have it be their story, too.”

Anne has spotlighted the transformative power of Christ in television, radio and magazine interviews that she began doing in the ‘90s and continues to do today. Oprah, Good Morning America, The CBS Evening News, The 700 Club, Family Talk, Coral Ridge, and Focus on the Family and have profiled Anne, as have People magazine and Newsweek – which put her on its cover. 

She has appeared on Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk, In the Market with Janet Parshall, Equipped with Chris Brooks (Moody Radio), Dr. Michael L. Brown’s In The Line of Fire, Joni and Friends/Table Talk (Daystar TV), The Eric Metaxas Show, Total Living Network with Jerry Rose, among other broadcasts.

Author of Restoring Sexual Identity: Hope for Women Who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction and co-author of Love Won Out, Anne also has written for Spirit-Led Woman, Charisma, and The Gospel Coalition. Anne lives in Colorado and her greatest joy is being mom to her three grown sons and daughter-in-law. 

Gene-Eggman-Board-Picture-ResizedGene Eggman: Board Chair

Gene and his wife, Anita are co-directors of about H.O.P.E. (HEAL OUR PAIN EL SHADDAI), a ministry of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas.  about H.O.P.E. is a parents’ group that has also has a blend of “overcomers” who do ministry and community together.  The ministry group was founded 19+ years ago by Ted and Jan Schneider.  The Eggman's have been serving as co-directors with them for the last 9 years and have been part of the support group for the last 15 years.

Professionally, Gene has over 35 years of Human Resource generalist experience which includes a diverse background in working with Fortune 100 to smaller start-up companies.  He most recently worked for a large manufacturing corporation as their Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Governmental Affairs utilizing his HR generalist experience, leadership and networking to execute his 5-year plan in building out their corporate HR function. Gene and Anita have four adult children and 11 grandchildren.

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Jeff Simunds: Vice Chair/Treasurer

Jeff Simunds is the founder and director of Tower of Light Ministries, a ministry focused on helping those with unwanted LGBT issues, providing support for parents, and equipping the church on how to have a loving, biblical response to LGBT issues.  Jeff has led this ministry for 15 years. Prior to this, he worked in mid-management for a high-tech company, as the president of an international humanitarian nonprofit, and as a missions pastor. Jeff has an MBA from the University of Washington as well as degrees in Chemistry and Computer Science.

Jeff is single and loves travel (he’s visited 104+ countries), foreign films, ethnic food, foreign languages, foreign music….. (you get the picture). 

Mike Manzie:  Board Secretarymike m

Mike Manzie currently serves as the executive director of Fresno New Creation Ministries, had served for over twenty years in law enforcement, worked as a consultant for NASA, and built two successful businesses from the ground up. In his roles, Mike saw firsthand the damage that sexual brokenness caused in the lives of men, women, and their families, including his own. As a leader in the church, he also led Christ-centered recovery groups for sexually broken men and has a passion to see men healed.

Mike has presented on the topics of sexual addiction and sexual brokenness in numerous California churches. His unique background in the behavioral sciences offered him insight into how the sexually addicted brain functions. He has served on the boards of several churches and non-profit ministries and has developed policy and training materials used in business and by law enforcement departments around the nation. Best of all, he listens to the Lord and obeys Him. Mike and his wife Joy live and serve Christ in Fresno, California.

Phil Courson: Board Member2016-phil-courson-72dpi 250x

Phil Courson is the Founding and Senior Pastor of Abundant Grace Community Church in Gainesville, FL. He has been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years. Throughout his time in ministry, Phil has counseled and cared for people with sexual and relational brokenness. He loves to see the power of God take broken people (like himself) and turn them into freedom walking, life empowering believers for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Phil has been married to Kay since July 1982, and they have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. Phil enjoys most sports, reading books, and spending time with Kay and his family, especially his grandkids. 

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Dean Greer : Board Member

Dean Greer has been on staff with Desert Stream Ministries since 2001. Serving as the National Coordinator of Living Waters USA for 20 years, he is now the coordinator of DSM Care. His ministry to the sexually and relationally broken developed organically, the result of God transforming his own life away from the bondage of same-sex attraction and an HIV diagnosis.

Dean lives in Kansas City, MO with his wife Chrystal, and their son, Jeremiah. They attend the Vineyard Community Church of Overland Park, KS, and are part of the leadership team for the Living Waters program there. Originally from San Francisco, Dean and his family enjoy the many urban cultural offerings available in Kansas City.

 mel navy blue headshotMelinda Patrick : Board Member

As Director of Parent Support for His Wonderful Works since 2013 and host of the award-winning podcast, The Bridge Between Us, Melinda Patrick has been able to minister to many families with children and loved ones who have embraced an LGBTQ identity.

Having a daughter involved in the LGBTQ community for over 11 years, Melinda knows what it is like to grieve the choices our loved ones have made and understands the helplessness when things aren't as we had hoped. Through her healing journey and the healing relationship with her daughter, she is passionate about emboldening and equipping parents to see beyond what their eyes see, and heart feels and join God where He is at work in their life and family.

Along with meeting families one-on-one, Melinda has had the opportunity to speak life into the lives of many families through radio, TV, podcast interviews, and guest blogging. She is an international speaker who often speaks at family conferences, church ministry events, and parent groups to equip families and the church to love well while not compromising Truth.

You will find Melinda and her husband, Ron, on the south side of Atlanta, Georgia. Together, they have four children and four grands. Her kitchen is notorious for impromptu dance parties, and her porch is loved for long talks, slow swinging, and sweet tea. The outdoors is where she loves to spend most of her time hiking, reading, and enjoying lazy lake days.