Roy Blankenship, MAMFT, LAPC, CAADC, BCCC
Chief Executive Officer
Roy was born in Birmingham, AL in 1957. He moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area in 1990 to take advantage of a career opportunity as a specialist in the commercial data processing industry. After experiencing God’s leading for him to be in vocational ministry, Roy left the commercial data processing field and joined the First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia as the Pastoral Care minister. It was in this context that the Lord developed Roy’s heart. He had a passion [...]
Stephen Hendrix, M.A., CADC – ll
Clinical Programs Officer
Stephen was born in Atlanta, GA and has lived his whole life in the metro Atlanta area. Having experienced a personal life dominating struggle with cocaine and alcohol abuse, Stephen joined the ministry team under Roy’s direction in 1999 with the goal of receiving personal discipleship and mentoring. The OneWay ministry program was launched under Stephen’s leadership and later flourished into the intensive residential treatment program that is now called The TREK Program. Stephen is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II [...]
Ministry Development Officer
Troy Haas, The Ministry Development Officer at HopeQuest and also Director of Restoration Ministries at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, has twenty-two years of ministry experience, including six years of service as an IMB missionary in Kenya. His personal story of brokenness and restoration is both an encouragement and an inspiration to others and makes him particularly effective in ministering to those struggling with life-dominating sin. Troy and his wife Melissa have dedicated their lives to encouraging, enabling, and equipping the body [...]
Charles A. Stokes, MS, LPC, LMFT
Director of Licensure Supervision
Charles is affectionately known by the HopeQuest counseling team as “Skeet.” Skeet is in private practice as owner and principle operator of The Roswell Therapy Group, LLC in Roswell, Georgia. A long time friend of the ministry and executive staff, Skeet provides encouragement and clinical oversight of the ministry programs offered at The HopeQuest Ministry Group, Inc. In addition, he provides clinical supervision services for those on The HopeQuest Ministry Group, Inc. team who are pursuing state licensure with the [...]
Brenda J. Wagner, Ph.D, ABPP, RN
Director of Academic Internships
Dr. Brenda Wagner graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a BSN and MSN in clinical nursing. As a registered nurse, she spent 18 years in hospital based care, teaching, and administration. She has been involved with the various aspects of the healthcare system, including inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment.
Dr. Brenda J. Wagner Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Fellow of the American [...]
Catherine Morris, M.D.
Dr. Morris is an Internal Medicine Specialist and serves as a primary care physician. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of problems and diseases of the internal organs without surgical intervention. Through her work in collaboration with HopeQuest, Dr. Morris is extremely knowledgeable in the treatment of addiction through medical practice.
Dr. Morris graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. Her post-graduate training, internship, and residency were performed at the New Hanover Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, NC. Dr. Morris [...]
Phillip Mitchell, Adv. M.Div
Director of Inpatient Program Counseling
Phillip grew up in Chicago as a triplet in a strong Christian Family, and is identical with one of his siblings. Phillip became a Christian at a young age. When he was growing up, sports quickly became the main focus of his life. He also loves architecture and went on to study it at the University of Arkansas. Phillip has since designed two homes for his parents in Arkansas. In college, God drew Phillip into a very real and dynamic [...]
Wayne Carriker, M.Th.
Director of Continuing Care
Wayne developed his call to work in ministry through his own path through brokenness towards wholeness in his journey with Christ. Originally seeking to become a physician, Wayne earned his Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the United States Air Force Academy and completed over three-and-a-half years of medical school at Emory University with an emphasis in psychiatry. As he eventually embraced homosexuality and a lifestyle of addiction that led him to prison, he eventually found hope for wholeness through [...]
Sue Shook, R.N.
Director of Nursing
Sue was born in Woodbury, New Jersey, but lived most of her adult life near Chicago IL, with a 5 year residency in Belgium. She graduated from Saint Agnes Hospital/Hahnemann University and pursued various areas of nursing including trauma, critical care and consulting for Abbott and TAP Pharmaceutical Companies.
She has been married to her husband Bruce for 33 years and has two children; Douglas and Jennifer.
Through many of life’s journeys and difficult trials, she has come to know Christ as [...]
Director of Office Management
Gigi joined HopeQuest in January of 2012 as an Administrative Assistant. She was born in Dallas TX, but has lived in several different areas of the Southeast. For the past 11 years she has lived in the Atlanta Metro area with her husband Rob and son Nelson. They attend Watermarke Church and serve as small group leaders and as a part of the guest services team. She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Roanoke College in Salem, VA. Gigi [...]
Director of Client Screening and Program Application
Born in Ellijay, Joe moved to Kennesaw in 1970 and has lived in or near there ever since. Joe and his wife have two busy boys. They have been active members of First Baptist Church of Woodstock since 1994. Joe knows well what it’s like to experience God’s grace, forgiveness, and healing and wants others to experience that in their own lives. Phil 4:6-9.
Director of Admissions & Assessments
Sonny was brought up in a religious environment, learning early on the truth that Jesus died for sin on the cross. Even so, when he was saved at the age of 16, he can remember wondering where Jesus fit into the scheme of things. One day, he opened his bible to a verse from John chapter 5 showing that in order to honor the Father, one must honor the Son as well. This was quite a revelation. He thought that he didn’t [...]
Director of Men's Residential & Client Mentoring Services
Bryan was born and raised in Marietta, Ga. He grew up in what you would call a “normal” family. “I would not change any part of my growing up experience, because those experiences have helped shape the person I am today.” Bryan grew up in the church and was saved at a young age, but he was living for this world and everything in it. He never quite knew who he was or what his purpose was in life. He [...]
Director of Women's Residential & Client Mentoring Services
A pastor’s wife since 1970, a mother to grown daughter, Joanna, and a mother-in-law to son-in-love Thomas, Nancy has previously served as a middle-school math teacher, Ministers’ Wives Specialist for the Georgia Baptist Convention; Women’s Ministry Coordinator for the Atlanta Metro Baptist Association; and contract consultant for LeaderCare and the Sunday School Division of LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a certified Life Coach, and is founder and director of Heart and Soul Connection, a national, cross-denominational lifeline [...]
Director of Support Groups
Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from East Texas Baptist University in 1991. She joined The HopeQuest Ministry Group, Inc. in January of 2001 to help formulate the ministry program for female spouses who have experienced difficulties related to their husbands infidelity or sexual sin.
In addition to her work with The HopeQuest Ministry Group, Inc., Melissa works with the City of Refuge restoration ministry program to provide healing to wounded and/or fallen ministry leaders offered by the First [...]
Director of Food Services
Karen joined The HopeQuest Ministry Group in December 2012. She moved to Atlanta from Rome, Georgia and has three adult children who also live in the Atlanta area.
Karen was first introduced to the HopeQuest Ministry in 2008 while visiting a Sunday school class at First Baptist Church at Woodstock where the female clients were attending. She was asked to share with them her life struggles with addiction and the healing and freedom that she found after surrendering her life to [...]
Director of Ministry Development
Gant Garner, is the Director of Ministry Development at Hopequest. Gant has a combined 20 years of corporate and ministry experience, including 8 years of service as a youth and college pastor, and 12 years with such companies as Tennessee Farm Bureau, Baptist Health Systems, and The PGA Tour Superstore. His life story of brokenness and restoration is lived out with a passion to see others experience grace and restoration in the context of spiritual community.
Gant earned his Masters of [...]
Creative Marketing Associate
Chris Nanny, a native to Richmond, Virginia builds on more than 25 years of experience in the local church and secular stage as director, producer and performer in hundreds of major musical productions. Chris has a passion for music and it is displayed by his excitement and ability to work with amateurs as well as professionals to bring out their absolute best lyrically, musically, and theatrically.
As Creative Marketing Associate, Chris Nanny has the exhilarating task of taking the message of [...]
Born in Lake City, Florida, Phil has lived most of his adult life in the Atlanta and Marietta area. He has been married to his lovely wife and best friend, Sandy, for 43 years and has two grown children, Leslie Jacobs and Bryan Edwards. They are also blessed with one grandchild, Haley Jacobs, who is a sophomore at Reinhart College.
Having accepted the lord at an early age, Phil & Sandy have always strived to raise their family in a Christian [...]
Ashley grew up in Duluth, GA and later moved to Marietta, GA. After high school, she attended Kennesaw State University. In 2008 she got engaged to marry her best friend Alex, and they were married in March of 2009. In the summer of 2003, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Growing up, Ashley dealt with many types of abusive situations. Through this, the Lord gave her the desire to work for a ministry that helps individuals with [...]
Bookeeping & Finance Manager
Melissa recently joined the Hopequest Family as bookkeeper. She grew up in Roswell, and resides in Woodstock with her 3 children, Hope 23, Tripp 19 and Kip 16. It was after a painful divorce in 2003, that she was saved and the Lord brought her to the path He had predestined for her, serving others who are hurting. She attends First Baptist Church Woodstock and is very active in various programs there. She has been involved in the Journey Program [...]
Continuing Care Counseling Associate - Case Worker
Greg was born and lives in Niota, Tennessee . He and his wife Debbie have two children, Emma and Lane. Greg suffered many years of addiction to prescription pain pills and went through the 12 week intensive program in March 2011. He then joined the HopeQuest staff on January 9, 2012. Greg gives thanks to God for the years of addiction and the time separated from his family because had these circumstances in his life not occurred, he and his family would [...]
Josie grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ into her life at the age of nine. After graduation from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, Josie married her best friend, Phil, and they served together in ministry for twenty-seven years in California. During this time, Josie received further education at Hope International University in Fullerton, California, with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education.
Josie and her husband Phil have three adult children and one granddaughter. They are members of [...]