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Welcome to Until Hope Returns. Thank you for visiting, I’m glad you are here.

Until Hope Returns is a ministry of hope and refreshment to those who are discouraged, confused, frustrated, grieving a loss, have lost hope in a dream, or simply need a little help doing life until hope returns.

With a history of ministry for four decades I have seen all kinds of things happen to people of faith and people of no particular faith background. The impact is the same for both: discouragement, confusion, frustration, grief, and at times the loss of hope in a dream. And, the need is the same of both: someone to walk with them through a hard time until hope returns. I have done that and I want to continue doing that.

There are ways you can help support this ministry located in the Ways to Help page, but one way you can help that will cost you nothing: send people who need help my way.

Thank you for visiting this site and thank you in advance for supporting this ministry whether with prayerfully and financially.

THE STORY

My earliest memory of church takes me to the New Hope Baptist Church just a couple of miles outside of Hope, Arkansas. The occasion was a Christmas pageant retelling the story of the birth of Jesus. Other than getting a box of animal crackers that is about all I remember.

img_0860But, I grew up going to that church. I remember long and emotional testimonials, summer revivals with preaching in the mornings and in the evenings, strong ‘fire and brimstone preaching’, and sitting on the back pew with my best friend. I was later baptized in my early teens.

During my junior year of High School, I started visiting the Hope Church of Christ with my girlfriend. That was a completely different experience. The preacher was gentle and loving and kind, and the people accepted and loved me. After a year, I felt the need to make a deeper commitment to the Lord. A couple of weeks before graduating High School, I was baptized again.

When I started college at Arkansas State University, I walked into the Church of Christ Student Center (now called Wolf Life). It was in that setting that I made a new discovery: a community of college students who loved each other, loved God, enjoyed having a good time, and really were serious about living a godly life and sharing their faith. I had a new home.

After entering graduate school, I accepted my first full-time ministry position at the Columbus Church of Christ in Columbus, Mississippi. My wife, Kim, and I married a few months later.

I have since served at the Madison Street Church of Christ in Clarksville, Tennessee; the Carteret Road Church of Christ in Brunswick, Georgia; the Cameron Avenue Church of Christ in Colonial Heights, Virginia; the East Brainerd Church of Christ in Chattanooga, Tennessee; and the Hermitage Church of Christ in Nashville. There were years that were really exciting and years when it seemed that loss and discouragement were constant companions. In 2016 I came to the realization that I had done all that I could in leading local churches. It was time to try something new and different.

Thus, Until Hope Returns is born.

Mission and Goals

The goals of Until Hope Returns are as follows:

1.     To provide friendship, encouragement, counsel, and support for ministers, church leaders, and their families.  

I am teaming up with the non-profit FishBowl Ministries a non-profit that is dedicated to ministering to ministers.

Ministering to ministers has always been a passion, and through the years, I have tried to stand with and beside other ministers to encourage and support to them in their own fishbowl life.

I have received overwhelming acknowledgment of the need for such a ministry.

2.     I will be able to counsel in a more intentional way.

Counseling has been a part of my ministry, buy mostly a secondary part. I am now making it a more integral component.

The types of counseling I provide are:

  • Marriage Counseling
  • Pre-Marriage Counseling
  • Individual life Counseling
  • Life Coaching
  • Spiritual Guidance
  • If there is a need for more in-depth assistance I will be glad to help find the right person.

3.     To continue and expand my writing ministry.

I have been writing the weekly devotionals — A Norvell Note —  for almost twenty years, and have been encouraged by several people to turn these “notes” into a book. I see this as an opportunity that I believe the Lord is providing to further develop a gift that has for the most part been secondary to other areas of my ministry.

This is my story!