Dr. George Kenworthy, M.Div., D.Min. – CEO, Founder, & President
Dr. Kenworthy, for 32 years, was a Senior Pastor in various churches. He has also taught Hebrew Scriptures and preaching classes at Trinity International University, Denver Seminary, Phoenix Seminary, Bethel Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary.
In June of 2006, he left his role as a pastor to become the founder and president of Hope for the Hurting Home. George has been featured with Dennis Rainey on FamilyLife broadcasts, with Dr. Bill Meier on Focus on the Family in 2007, and with Jim Daly on Focus on the Family in 2011. He is also a frequent guest on KTIS and KKMS radio in the Twin Cities. Further, his first book, Marriage Makeover, appeared in 1300 Wal-Marts across the United States.
George has been married over 40 years to his best friend Joan. They have three married children who are Christian workers around the globe.
D.Min Preaching and Persuasion Denver Seminary 1986
ThM Old Testament Studies TEDS 1974, M.Div TEDS 1973
B.A. Biblical Languages Trinity College 1972
Dr. Amanda Boyd, Ph.D. – Chief of Counselors & Research
Dr. Boyd has considerable experience providing various types of therapy for individuals, couples, children, families, and groups. She is also skilled in quantitative and qualitative research methods, advanced multivariate statistics, and psychological measurement. Her professional experience also includes individual assessment, performance management, organizational change & development, training & development, and human resource management.
Ph.D., Organizational Psychology, 2009 – Alliant International University – Los Angeles, California
M.S., Organizational Psychology, 2005 – Alliant International University – Los Angeles, California
M.S., Clinical Psychology, 2002 – Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, California
B.A., Psychology, 2000 – Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, California
Dr. Russell M. Berg, D. Min. – Director of Pastoral Training and Church Development
Dr. Russ Berg has been married to his high school sweetheart, Melody for 41 years. They have 2 married daughters and 5 grandchildren living in the Twin Cities area. He has been a pastor for over 36 years, 21 of which were spent at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
As the Director of Pastoral Training and Church Development at Hope for the Hurting Home, he is devoted to spreading a contagious passion to help the church change the culture of divorce in America, one marriage at a time. He has worked with over 130 couples at risk of divorce and trains pastors, counselors, therapists, and marriage mentors in a new divorce intervention called Faith Based Discernment Counseling. Russ serves on the advisory board of the University of Northwestern – St. Paul’s School of Nursing and the board of directors of the Minnesota Association of Christian Counselors. He has also been on KTIS Radio.
D-Min., Marriage and Family Ministry – Bethel Seminary
M.A., Educational Ministry – Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
B.A., Biblical Studies; Evangelism – Moody Bible Institute
Dr. Patricia Ryan, M.Div., D.Min. – Founder and Executive Director of A Future and a Hope Ministries
Dr. Ryan is an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO). She has served as Associate Pastor at Windwood Presbyterian Church for ten years. In obedience to God’s call, she has recently transitioned to full-time ministry as the Founder and Executive Director of A Future and a Hope Ministries, a sister ministry of Hope for the Hurting Home in Houston, Texas.
Pat earned her Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and her Doctor of Ministry degree in marriage and family counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She has served in the US Army Nurse Corps, and was ordained to a chaplain residency for the University of Texas/M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Believing in the concept that the family unit is the nucleus of the Body of Christ, Pat has passionately embraced the opportunity to serve for the sake of happy, healthy marriages and families.
Kelsey Charlemagne, M.A. – Executive Assistant to the CEO
Kelsey Charlemagne is currently a work-from-home mom who serves Hope for the Hurting Home part-time as the organization’s media manager and personal assistant to Dr. Kenworth. In the past she has worked on several research projects with Hope for the Hurting Home as well. She has experience in quantitative research methods, cross-cultural ministry, and psychology.
M.A. Human Services, 2016 – University of Northwestern-St. Paul – St. Paul, Minnesota
Lauren Bahls, M.A. – Research Assistant
Ms. Lauren Bahls is an Associate Consultant with a human capital consulting firm and supports Hope for the Hurting Home part-time. She has experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods, test development, psychometrics and psychology.
M.A., Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2016 – Minnesota State University, Mankato – Mankato, Minnesota
Melody Richards, M.A., LPC. – Volunteer Counselor
M.A., Counseling and Psychotherapy, 2011 – Alfred Adler Graduate School , Minneapolis, Minnesota
M.A., Industrial Relations, 1984 – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
B.A., Business and Psychology, 1982 – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Melody is a licensed counselor with considerable experience working with couples, individuals, and families. She specializes in marital issues, grief and loss, life transitions, depression, and trauma. Melody’s prior experience includes working as an Organizational Development Consultant and Human Resources Manager in a variety of private sector organizations.