What We Do
HOPE61 mobilizes the church around the world to stop all forms of human trafficking. Our trainers help churches worldwide use the talents, abilities, and resources they already have to prevent human trafficking by addressing vulnerabilities that lead to trafficking. The local church has a unique opportunity and responsibility to address vulnerability in its community. HOPE61 offers two levels of training for local church leaders, ENGAGE and MULTIPLY. At its core, HOPE61 is an evangelism and discipleship catalyst aimed directly at those who are vulnerable to becoming involved in human trafficking.
Our Leadership Team
Tom Overton serves as the global director of HOPE61. In this role, Tom provides executive level oversight, strategic direction, and vision casting for the worldwide ministry. Tom is deeply committed to HOPE61’s vision for the prevention of human trafficking through intentional community building at the local church level. He travels domestically and internationally on a regular basis and is a sought-after speaker and trainer on the topic of human trafficking prevention. Tom is also a pastor and holds a Master of Arts degree in theological studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. Outside of his HOPE61 responsibilities, Tom serves in a volunteer role as chaplain for the Johnson County Indiana Sheriff’s Office and the Needham Fire Department. Tom and his wife, Tonya, live with their family in Greenwood, Indiana. Prior to answering the call from God to become a missionary, Tom held several senior leadership positions in the credit union industry.
Tonya Overton serves as the associate director of HOPE61. She oversees the worldwide operations for HOPE61, including the development and translation of all HOPE61 curriculum and communication materials. Tonya met the founder of HOPE61, Joyce Oden, in the fall of 2011. She knew right away that she had to do something to impact the issue of human trafficking. She was accepted, along with her husband Tom, as a missionary with One Mission Society in January 2012. At her local church, Tonya serves as lay leader, is on the leadership council, and oversees weekly meals for the youth. Prior to receiving the call to become a missionary, Tonya was a special education teacher before she became a stay-at-home mom to her three children. She received her B.S. in education from Ball State University. She resides in Greenwood, Indiana, with her family.
Darren Sweeney serves as the global training manager for HOPE61. He facilitates ENGAGE and MULTIPLY trainings around the world, coming alongside the ministry’s national trainers to help them prevent human trafficking in their communities. Darren and his wife, Sherilyn, and their three daughters were accepted into One Mission Society as missionaries in April of 2015. After living in Mozambique for one year, the family moved back to the United States, and Darren joined the HOPE61 team. He is passionate about people finding freedom in Christ and the eradication of the evil that is human trafficking. Before Darren joined OMS, he was a bank manager and discipled youth in their local church. He received his B.A. in social science with specialties in business, education, and psychology from Washington State University. He and his family are based in Sequim, Washington.
Our HOPE61 Team
Tresor was born in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. He grew up through wars and instability. In 2004, Tresor moved to the United States earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership at Evangel University. Tresor is the founder and president of Mwangaza International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the vulnerable people of the DRC. Tresor became a HOPE61 trainer in 2015. He has written two books, “Journey to the Heart of Darkness: Remembering Congo’s Forgotten” and “A Handful of Rice.” He lives in Kinshasa, DRC.
E.C. conducts HOPE61 trainings across northern Haiti.
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E.D. conducts HOPE61 trainings across northern Haiti.
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E.P. conducts HOPE61 trainings across central and southern Haiti.
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Pamela serves as the HOPE61 international trainer for Japan. In high school, she learned about human trafficking, but was unsure how God was calling her to help stop it. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice. In 2013, Pamela attended a HOPE61 training and knew God was calling this ministry. She is passionate about helping churches learn how to effectively and strategically use their gifts to reach out to the vulnerable and prevent human trafficking. Pamela served as a trainer in South Korea before transferring to Japan in 2018.
Jenny serves as a part-time HOPE61 trainer in Mexico City, where she plans to take HOPE61 training to seminaries and church-planting teams. She and her husband, Troy, were accepted to OMS in November 2007. As they were completing their initial fund raising, she learned about human trafficking at a conference. Later that year, she was reminded again of this issue, an event she believes was the Lord’s call to action. She was part of the first HOPE61 group trained in 2012. Jenny is a full-time mom of two teenagers at home and two adult children in college. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian education from Vennard College.
Imogen serves as a HOPE61 trainer in New Zealand. In a country where human trafficking is usually unheard of, Imogen’s role is to raise awareness and to train people with the HOPE61 ENGAGE and MULTIPLY. She is a strong believer in God’s children living in freedom and wants to do her part in preventing human trafficking. Her primary job is media director for One Mission Society New Zealand, where she handles the social media and advertising. In 2014, she earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood teaching, which grew her passion to help children and families out of the darkness.
Katie and her family joined One Mission Society in 2013 and serve in the South Pacific. She is a wife, mom of three, teacher, and HOPE61 trainer. In 2018, Katie attended HOPE61’s MULTIPLY training, as her heart was breaking for those impacted by the world of human trafficking. She strives to point others to him and shed his light in the prevention of human trafficking with the tools and expertise of HOPE61. Katie holds a degree in elementary education with an endorsement in art K-12, as well as a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a master’s degree in integrating arts in the curriculum.
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Suzannah is a HOPE61 trainer in the South Pacific. She and her family moved there in 2015. Her husband teaches at the OMS-related seminary and helps equip the Every Community for Christ national leaders. Suzannah also volunteers at the TCK (third-culture kid) school. Suzannah grew up as an OMS missionary kid in Ecuador and Mexico. She graduated from Asbury College (now Asbury University) in 2006, where she studied English literature and theatre and cinema performance. She and her husband have three children.
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Allann is Brazilian and went to Spain to play soccer. After many closed doors, he attended a missions school, where he felt God calling him to become a missionary and use soccer to bring men closer to Jesus. Stephy is a missionary kid born and raised in Spain, who never wanted to become a missionary. They are YWAM missionaries in the north of Spain, and they partner with HOPE61 to train churches in human trafficking prevention in Europe and Brazil. They have a daughter, Olivia, and their mission as a family is to fight injustice through holistic Christian ministry.
Charles is a trainer with HOPE61, and he also works with the UMC. His passion and goal is to help prevent human trafficking in Uganda by training churches how to reach out to the vulnerable in their communities. Charles lives in Majanji, Uganda.
Emmanuel serves as a trainer with HOPE61, teaching the church how to prevent human trafficking and, at the same time, share the love of Christ with those who don’t know him.
Franco’s first exposure to HOPE61 was in a Village Church Planting training in Uganda. He was inspired to become a trainer with HOPE61 as he was seeing human trafficking destroy the value of human life and hinder God’s purpose in the world. With each ENGAGE training he conducts in villages around Uganda, Franco continues to be inspired as he sees lives transformed through the training.
In her role as a HOPE61 trainer, Gloria is helping dispel ignorance about human trafficking and encouraging churches to work to prevent it and not accept it in their midst. She encourages people to work in areas such as agriculture, education, emergency response, and other programs in order to provide for themselves and for their families, rather than being coerced or tricked into trafficking. Gloria lives in Jinja, Uganda.
As a trainer with HOPE61, Jackie works in Kampala, Uganda, as well as other areas of Uganda. She raises awareness about human trafficking and trains churches how to prevent it in their own communities.
Julius lives in Jinja, Uganda, where he pastors Trinity United Methodist Church and works in 12 districts of Uganda. He also serves as a trainer with HOPE61, helping prevent human trafficking in those areas and creating awareness among the people of the communities.
Justin is a trainer with HOPE61, serving in six districts of Uganda where many South Sudanese refugees are located. He joined HOPE61 because he knows that the church can make an impact and help stop human trafficking, which has become the second largest criminal activity in the world.
God had given Ronald a vision to stop human trafficking before he attended a HOPE61 training. At that training, he saw the similar vision, and he answered God’s call to serve, preserve, and build up the Body of Christ and to win souls for the Lord.
Wilberforce became a HOPE61 trainer because he saw the rampant growth of human trafficking in Uganda and the surrounding regions. As a trainer, he raises awareness and teaches churches how they can help prevent this growing evil. Wilberforce lives in Lumino, Uganda.
Lori has been with One Mission Society since 1999 and joined HOPE61 as a trainer in 2018. Her focus is with churches in the United States, providing training to help them develop a plan to use the talents, abilities, and resources God has given them to reach out to those in their own communities who are vulnerable to trafficking. Lori holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in elementary education. In addition to her role as a HOPE61 trainer, Lori is also a wife, a mom, and a grandmother.
Paul and Sylvia served in Spain with One Mission Society for 31 years. Since their return to the U.S. in 2015, they have taken returned to Spain several times and have shared about missions and HOPE61 in churches in Arkansas, where they live, across the U.S. Although officially retired, they have not stopped sharing about HOPE61 to raise awareness about human trafficking and how the local church can help prevent this scourge around the world and in our own backyards. Pray with them for revival and purity, for those involved with human trafficking to know Jesus, and for Jesus to set the captives free.
Rob is a husband, father, entrepreneur, ultra-endurance athlete, and HOPE61 trainer. He attended HOPE61’s MULTIPLY Training in 2018 and hosted trainings in India in January 2020. One of his greatest passions is raising awareness and building community around important issues. To date, Rob has raised more than $750,000 to support causes, including a 31-mile swim from the U.S. to Canada across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. In October 2020, Rob will compete in Uberman, known as “the World’s Toughest Ultra Triathlon,” with the goal of raising $100,000 to fight human trafficking. Rob lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife Kristin and children, Hudson and Kalea.
Joyce Oden founded the ministry of HOPE61 in 2010. Joyce and her husband, Bill, pastored churches in the United States for 20 years before receiving God’s call to serve with One Mission Society as missionary church planters. Joyce and Bill served with OMS for more than 40 years in the Philippines and several other international and homeland assignments. Joyce saw instances of human trafficking around the world but never heard the issue discussed in the local church setting. As a lifelong church attender and leader, Joyce knew that the local church needed to have a voice in fighting against human trafficking and founded HOPE61 to accomplish just that. HOPE61 remains committed to equipping local churches all over the world to prevent human trafficking today.
Our Ministry Organization
HOPE61 is a ministry of One Mission Society. OMS unites in partnership with more than 180 organizations and denominations for one purpose: to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ spread throughout the world, with the greatest number of disciples made, and to see God glorified in all that we say and do — to help fulfill the Great Commission. This has been, is, and always will be our One Mission.
Together, HOPE61 and OMS seek to prevent the spread of human trafficking and slavery in our world today, ultimately seeing it come to an end, by bringing the message of eternal salvation to those who are involved in or vulnerable to becoming involved in human trafficking across the world. HOPE61 mobilizes the church around the world to stop all forms of human trafficking. Our trainers help churches worldwide use the talents, abilities, and resources they already have to prevent human trafficking by addressing vulnerabilities that lead to trafficking.