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Owen Hughes

Owen and his wife, Amber, along with their children Emma, Griffin, Myles, and Ann moved to State College, PA in 2017. The Hughes family lived in Lanzhou, China for two years while Owen taught at a university and worked on a master's degree. During this time in China, their eyes were opened to the "bigness" of God's kingdom and mission. A longing stirred in their hearts to be on a mission with God. From China, the family moved to Florida where Owen worked in real estate and went to seminary. He began his ministry as a pastor at a church in Melbourne, Florida before moving to be the associate pastor at Oakwood Presbyterian. Owen met Vince Smith after a City Church meeting. He was impressed by Vince's vision and passion for the orphaned and vulnerable children. When Vince approached Owen about joining the leadership team, he jumped at the chance to be a part of this mission. Although, the Hughes have never fostered or adopted, they believe everyone can do "something". They are excited to see how God is going to use PAOCA to further this mission. 

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Greg Shipe

Greg has served as a pastor for nearly 20 years and has been working with youth through camps, sports programs and church ministries for even longer.  He and his wife, Connie, met in college and have 5 biological children and are in the process of adopting a child.  They have been involved as a family in foster care for several years and have had many children in their home.  Greg graduated with his Bachelors and Masters in Bible through Pensacola Theological Seminary and has enjoyed serving the local church and connecting the church to the needs of the community and sharing the Gospel around the world.  In his spare time (which there is little of in a household of 8 people and a vibrant church ministry, haha), Greg loves doing building projects, sports, and being in the outdoors.  He is awed by the goodness of God as revealed through His marvelous works!  Great is our God!

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Betty Lou Morgan

Betty Lou and her husband Harold; (who at the age of 75 rode a bicycle from California to Florida raising funds for an orphanage, water wells, and church); have always had a heart for children, especially those from hard places.  Their own children Troy, Shawnee, and Tawnya, professionally lead, teach and instruct children daily.

In 2009 Betty Lou began serving with the Centre County Orphan Care Alliance after accepting the invitation in 2008 to develop and lead Compassion Connection Ministry, an outreach ministry to Centre County.   Compassion Connection provided an avenue to minister daily to the needs of single moms and their children. She also held monthly workshops and dinners for foster and adoptive families for 11 years.  She continues today to serve on the Lead Team of the Centre County Orphan Care Alliance and as a Care Community Team Leader for foster and adopted children and families.

She enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband, family time, reading, serving, and equipping champions for vulnerable children and families.  She knows that with each child’s face that she meets, it is another divine opportunity to bring hope and encouragement into their lives. God makes no mistakes … Each child is a creation designed by God himself.  Psalm 139:14

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