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Joey Gentempo

Joseph 'Joey' Gentempo

Pastor & Founder

Joey serves as President & Executive Director of His Father’s Heart Ministries, which includes Journey into His Father's Heart.

He is the visionary Founder of CrossWalk Center, Houston's Hopeful Re-entry Hub. CrossWalk Center serves the willing portion of the nearly 15,000 ex-offenders that return to Harris County each year, with coaching, discipleship, ministry and critical social service links. He is a CrossWalk Center founding board member and presently serves as the TDCJ and Discipleship Ministry board committee chair.

Joey has an affinity, a special place in his heart for marginalized populations, especially returning citizens and their families. Prior to HFHM, Joey served as Program Director for the Inner Change Freedom Initiative Program in the Carol Vance Unit, Richmond, Texas. In addition, he worked eight years as a civilian jailer for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, and was a missionary in northwestern England.

Recently, Joey and His Father’s Heart was awarded the 2017 Governor’s Criminal Justice Nancy Hees Volunteer Service Award.

He is an ordained minister through The Assemblies of God International Fellowship and is a Board Certified Restorative Therapist through Faith Based Counselors Training Institute.

Joey serves as pastor for the Church at His Father’s Heart Ministries. He and his wife, Denise, have three grown children, and two grandchildren.

Tracy Gelbaugh

Tracy Gelbaugh

Director of Women's Ministry (Intern)

Tracy Taylor Gelbaugh is a native Houstonian who believes we are called to the mission fields in our backyard. She spent ten years working for HISD as an elementary science lab teacher. She has also been an assistant youth director as well as a private guitar instructor. For the past six years Tracy has served as volunteer chaplain behind bars and mentored for the recently released. Tracy is excited to be a part of HFH’s mission to be used by Christ to heal the hearts of broken-hearted women in Houston.

Tracy has been married to the love of her life, Larry Gelbaugh, for twenty years. She has two amazing sons, two dogs, two cats and one hedgehog. She has always been a reptile enthusiast, enjoys spending time outdoors and loves listening to live music.

Angela Hardy

Angela Hardy

Journey into His Father's Heart Minister

Angela Hardy began working with His Father’s Heart in January of 2016.

She has a Bachelor degree in Music Therapy and a Masters in Counseling from Sam Houston State University (1994, 1997). After burning out too quickly, in 2000 she rejoined the business world and earned great titles. The money was abundant, but part of her was slowly dying inside.

In 2013, by Jesus’ prompting, she left it all behind and was led back, in and through the Lord to her first passion - helping people. Since that pivotal moment in time, Angela has been on a personal journey where she has literally been remade.

As a native Houstonian, Angela is comfortable in crowds, but has since moved to the country and enjoys the charm of small-town living. Now that she can see the stars, one of her favorite hobbies is astronomy. Another favorite activity is smiling and saying hello to random strangers, which only works when she goes back to Houston, since there are no strangers in a small town.

Angela is part of the Church at His Father’s Heart, and you will find her frequently perched on a stool at the front, quietly leading worship with a melodic acoustic guitar, and a singular spirit-filled, angelic voice. She enjoys being married to her Beloved and being a single mom.

Charlie Milstead

Charlie Milstead Jr.

Director of Church Engagement

Charlie is a native Houstonian; he obtained a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University in Industrial Distribution. After receiving Jesus into his heart at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Sports Camp in 1977 and graduating A&M, he went to work for a Manufacturers Rep. firm where he worked from 1984-2000.

In the summer of 1998, his family was concerned about his drinking so he entered treatment. On July 14th 2018, he will celebrate 20 years of sobriety. He gives the Lord Jesus Christ all the Glory for this each and every day. In 2000, he was asked to join the staff of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served Jesus there for 3 years. He also served as a Chaplain in the Harris County Jail for a couple of years. It was there that he developed a heart for ex-offenders.

Along the way, a good friend of his was in need of a kidney. He prayed about the situation and he felt the Lord urged him to see if he was a candidate for his friend. After months of testing, he donated his kidney to his friend. It was a 1 in 10,000 chance that he would be a match for his friend because he was not a direct family member!

His faith flourished during this time of his life, however, each job that he took over the next 4 years did not work out. He now believes God was telling him through these trials that God was calling him to serve Him full time. Charlie was introduced to Joey Gentempo in 2014 and Joey asked him to join His Father's Heart Ministry. His role is Director of Church Engagement and he also serves on the development team to raise much needed funds to expand The Kingdom of God here on Earth. Charlie also organizes the annual HFHM golf outing.

Charlie is married to Beverly (25 years as of November 2018) and they have a beautiful daughter, Ashley, who graduates from A&M this year.

“When we become wholehearted through the healing power of the Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus, we begin the journey to truly see and fully experience, who we are meant to be - our truest original self, living out our purpose through knowledge and wisdom, as God intends for each of us from the beginning of time.”

Joey Gentempo

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