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Nov 21, 2023

In this episode Pastor Brad discusses with Kevin Abbot and Brian Runge the experience of participating in a Healing the Heart Wounds of Ministry retreat. Don't miss this interview to learn more and don’t forget to share it with your pastor or a friend of yours in ministry.

Kevin Abbott serves as the Associate Director/Chief of Staff for the Union Baptist Association in Houston, TX. He has been a pastor and a leader in churches throughout the state of Texas for the past 25 years. His heart and passion is to encourage, care for, and coach pastors and church leaders. Kevin leads The Resilient Pathway citywide movement serving over 1,000 pastors in the Houston metro area coming alongside church leaders to introduce and create experiences that foster the “Five Habits of Leaders Who Finish Well.” through pastor groups, quarterly gatherings, yearly retreats, and coaching networks. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and will graduate with a DMin in Lifelong Leader Development at Fuller Seminary in 2024. He is the husband to his wife Mindy and a proud father of three beautiful children, Callie, Abigail & Joshua.

Brian E Runge serves as the Director of Ministry Relations for Salem Media Group in Houston, Texas. Brian has served with Salem Media in Ministry Relations since 2006 and before that as a pastor in campus ministry and Lutheran Churches in Oxford, Mississippi (The University of Mississippi) , Normal, Illinois (Illinois State University), Shalimar - Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, and in Houston, Texas. Brian graduated from Iowa State University in 1980 with a degree in Interpersonal Communication and a minor in Classical Greek. He graduated in 1985 with a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis Missouri. Brian and his wife Jill have 3 grown sons and 11 grandchildren.

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Pastor Brad Hoefs is an ordained Pastor and Member of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. He has been pastoring since 1985, and he is currently the pastor of Anchor of Hope Church in Omaha, Nebraska (since 1995). The church has seen over 110% growth in the 18 months after Fresh Hope started meeting.

Pastor Brad is the Executive Director of He founded Fresh Hope in 2009. 

He is a State-certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist and was appointed by Governor Heineman of Nebraska to serve on the State Advisory Committee on Mental Health Services.

He is also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, published in 2013.