Our Team

Tony and Faith GiBson: Founders


The Gibsons live in Niceville, Florida and have 3 adult children, Trey, Hannah, and Jeremy who is married to Lauren. They began HOB as a family ministry in 1997. In 2005, Tony left a 20 year career in Church Music Ministry to become the full time director of this growing mission ministry to orphans. Faith oversees the daily operations of the Back to Africa project and is an active participant in the leadership of HOB. Tony serves as the Executive Director of the ministry and travels extensively to establish, expand and strengthen our partnerships and to oversee our missionaries.


Amy Bishop

Office Manager


Amy helps establish and oversee HOB office systems. She is also the front door to the ministry providing help and information to all of our contributors. Amy is the person that you contact if you have a question. She is the wife of Steve and the mother of Ryan and Cassie.


Carol Boykin

Director of Childhood Development


Carol joined the HOB full time missionary staff in 2006 as Director of Childhood Development. She provides oversight of our Child Sponsorship Program and develops discipleship resources to be used by the teachers and children in our homes.  Carol is the wife of Steve and the mother of Brad and Janice. Prior to joining HOB Carol served in a position of vocational Children's Ministry.


Michael Anderson

Director of Development


Michael is involved in developing opportunities for churches, organizations, and individuals to become more involved in our ministry. In addition, he leads our efforts in web development. Prior to joining the HOB staff he was Pastor of Student Ministry at a church in Madison, WI . He and his wife Claudette are the proud parents of Taylor, Max, Shelby and Jase.

Brian Crisman

Director of International Discipleship


Brian is involved in developing discipleship programs for our missionaries, orphananges, and individuals who are involved in our ministry. Prior to joining the HOB staff he was Pastor of Worship Ministry at a Lynwood Baptist Church in  Cape Girardeau, MO. He is married to Sonya and has 5 children, Victoria, Emma, Brotey, Kate and Ellie.


Holly Moore

Financial Assistant


Holly is a CPA practicing in Fl. She has extensive experience in working with non profit organizations. Holly has a degree in accounting from Auburn University. She is married to Billy and has 3 children: Josh, Becca, and Hannah.


Maribeth Wollard

Financial Oversight


Maribeth is a CPA practicing in Niceville, Fl. and has served the ministry part-time since 2007. Maribeth plays a crucial role in overseeing our independent financial audit and ensuring HOB adheres to the highest financial reporting standards. She has a daughter, named Maggie. 


Kristi Mann

Event Coordinator


Kristi is our event coordinator. She has served the ministry part-time since 2011. Kristi plays a crucial role in coordinating our ministry team trips and fundraising events.. She is married to Jody and has a daughter, named Maggie. 


Our Long Term Missionaries


Bob and Candace Walker
(and the Walker tribe)

Serving in Kitwe, Zambia


The Walkers joined the HOB Team in 2006 to become full time directors of the Nehemiah Boy's Ranch for street boys in Kitwe, Zambia, Africa. Prior to joining HOB the Walkers worked for many years as camp directors in a variety of cultural settings. HOB is thankful for the experience and commitment that they are bringing to the overwhelming needs of orphans in Africa. The Walkers are now leading Abba's Heart Ministries for orphans and street kids in Zambia.



Karen van de Voorde

Serving in Kitwe, Zambia


Karen has been serving in the HOB Home Office as the Director of Field Operations since joining the full time missionary staff in November of 2004. In 2011 Karen joined our international mission team and will serve in Kitwe, Zambia.  Karen is a former school teacher with extensive foreign mission experience. Karen will be missed around the office but we're excited to see how God uses her operational and teaching experience as she works with Abba's Heart Ministries for orphans and street kids in Zambia.


Andrea Burns

Serving in Kitwe, Zambia


Andrea joined the HOB Mission Team serving Zambia in Spring 2011.  Andrea was part of our summer 2010 DO Justice team and she has answered the call to full-time ministry as a Social Worker. HOB is thrilled to have Andrea join our growing team of missionaries in Zambia and excited about the professional expertise she brings to Abba's Heart Ministries for orphans and street kids in Zambia.

Stephanie Barron

Serving in Kitwe, Zambia


Stephanie started as an HOB intern and returned to Zambia in December 2011 as a full-time missionary with Abba's Heart Ministries for orphans and street kids in Zambia. HOB is excited that God provided a caring person like Stephanie to minister to boys and girls living in desperate situations.


Our International Partners


Edner and Rosena Veus

Serving in Mare Rouge, Haiti


Edner and Rosena are the directors of Christian Human Care in Haiti, an organization that Edner helped form with HOB to care for orphans and at risk children in extreme poverty in Northwest Haiti. Edner grew up in an orphanage and has a passion to help those who would otherwise have no hope. He and Rosena are vibrant Christians, and they are the parents of Sael, Marc and Danaelle.


Joel and Susan Karanja
(shown holding Wamae)

Serving in Naivasha, Kenya


Joel is a great man of faith who has pursued the burden care for orphans since he was twelve years old. He never lost faith in the Lord in porviding for this calling until God connected him to Heart of the Bride in 2005. Joel and Susan pour their lives into the children as their very own and they also minister passionately to the surrounding community. The Karanjas are the proud parents of Mary and Joann and of Giffin who they adopted as an infant.




Alexie and Tanya Zurhovlov
(shown with Roma)

Serving in Nizhnigorsk, Ukraine


We met the Zurhovlovs through missionary friends in Ukraine who knew about the ministry focus of Heart of the Bride. Both Tanya and Alexi became Christians as adults. For many years after her conversion, Tanya and her children prayed for Alexi who was an alcoholic. Years later, he had a radical conversion experience and began a life dedicated to Christ and free from alcohol. The Zurhovlovs lost a baby later in their marriage and from that a desire to help other children was birthed. The Zurhovlovs are the parents of two adult children, Alena and Andrew; and have adopted 11 children into their home from institutional orphanages.