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Mission

To create a community of support for all adoptive and foster children and families, and inspire and empower the Church to do the same.

Vision

To have more foster families than children in need of foster care.

MEET OUR TEAM
Meet our Team!
Gruba
THERESE + JIM 
CO-FOUNDER & BOARD PRESIDENT
BOARD MEMBER& SPIRITUAL ADVISOR

Jim, a native Duluthian, serves New Hope as a Spiritual Advisor and foster dad.  Foster mom Therese was born in St. Cloud is UMD alumni with a BFA in theater and serves as Director of  New Hope.  They have eight children, four daughters-in-love, and three granddaughters with #4 due in June 2022, and through foster care have added many more to their family as the Lord blesses them to do so.

Jim and Therese's marriage/life verse is:  

"Call to Me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know."  Jeremiah 33:3 

Joe+Briar
Fischer
CO-FOUNDER & BOARD
VICE PRESIDENT, BOARD MEMBER

Together with Jim and Therese Gruba, Joe and Briar Fischer co-founded New Hope for Families in 2019.
Through Joe's work as an Assistant County Attorney focusing on child protection, Joe and Briar have developed a heart for serving foster families and children in need. Through the love and grace of Jesus Christ, Joe and Briar have been married since 1989, and they have four children.

ANGELA
Torgeson
BOARD MEMBER
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DEAN
Matvey
BOARD MEMBER & TREASURER

God's Spirit has captured the hearts of Dean's family and led them to participate in children's ministries in Mexico. With wife Alejandra and two daughters, Faith & Grace, they have acted as relief house parents for a children's house in Mexico which has had a profound impact on their lives. Dean looks forward to supporting the mission of New Hope for Families by bringing the board over 20 years of business system experience and private business operation knowledge.

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ANGELA
BOARD MEMBER

Ang is so thankful to God for he has done “exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond all that she has dared to hope, ask, or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20) in her life. She and her husband, Brandon, have eight children in their home. Her greatest joy is raising and nurturing her kiddos. Ang is so thankful to be a connection point and a support for the New Hope Moms as well as encouraging other believers to foster and adopt. With a degree in Social Work, a history of orphanage ministry, and experience as a Children’s Pastor and Church Planter she is overjoyed to be serving at New Hope. 

MEGAN
Schilling
KID'S CLOSET

If you would like to donate or need anything from the Kid's Closet, contact Megan at 218-341-5917.

JR & MELISSA
Rugg
BOARD MEMBERS &
MEDIA COORDINATOR

Melissa has been with New Hope since 2021 as our Media Coordinator. She and her husband, Pastor JR Rugg, are foster and adoptive parents, and both work in ministry.

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TOM
Schaer
NEW HOPE FOSTER DAD

  Parent of three. After 13.5 years of serving as a pastor in a small rural church, God began stirring our family into transition mode. At the end of September, Tom stepped into the director position at ProLife Ministries of Duluth. This has its own beautiful story of coming full circle with Tom’s heart for the preborn growing in passion. The Schaers have aligned themselves with New Hope for Families and have cared for over 200 foster kiddos.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

Our standard is the Bible- we believe it is the complete, inspired Word of God and sufficient to guide all decisions with unity around the the gospel of grace as the basis for our ministry.

gospel: 

Romans 3:23   Romans 6:23   Ephesians 2:8-9   John 3:16   Romans 5:8

We Believe:

The inerrancy of the scriptures

The Deity of Jesus Christ

The need of every person for Spiritual life having been born dead in sin

The life,  ministry, and death of the Lord Jesus Christ on man’s behalf

The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ

Justification before God by faith alone in Christ alone

The permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit

The eternal security of all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior

The imminent return of Jesus Christ

A literal hell

A literal heaven

The sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman

The sanctity of life for the unborn

our key verses:

James 1:27   Jeremiah 33:3   John 3:16-17   I John 5:13   Romans 1:16   Ephesians 2:8-9

Statement of Faith
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