Hogg steps in for Sprunger as Hope Clinic director
With the impending arrival of second child, Katie Sprunger, who has served as executive director of the Hope Clinic for the past few years, has made the “prayerful” decision to step down.
“God spoke to me back in January and told me that I needed to surrender the responsibility of being director here,” said Sprunger. “It was a difficult decision but I felt that it was what God wanted. However, I decided that I was going to stay on board to assist in training the new director.
“I wanted to be able to share what I had learned here over the past three years,” continued Sprunger. “I will be here yet until the end of July.”
With the realization that they would need a new leader, staff members started looking and praying about who their next director would be. One evening, while she was on a speaking engagement, nurse Mary Carol Schwartz had a second thought about someone she met at the Cornerstone Community Church in Decatur.
That sense of possibility occurred while Schwartz was visiting with the pastor’s wife, Teri Hogg, following a baby shower donated to the clinic.
“I shared with her about what was going on in my life. She emailed me and told me that I might be a good director at the Hope Clinic,” said Hogg, whose husband, Ken, pastors the church. “I gave it some prayer and I began to sense that God might be calling me. When I moved here, I had the Hope Clinic on my heart because I have such a pro-life stance.”
These days, Hogg, who is the daughter of Jerry and Joyce Beard and graduated from South Adams in 1982, is training for the position with Sprunger. Hogg attended Fort Wayne Bible College where she majored in counseling and Bible.
After she married a Missionary Church pastor, the young couple moved to Elkton Missionary Church in Michigan where she was employed as a paraprofessional in early childhood education at a vocational school in the area.
When she was in college, Hogg began volunteering and she and her husband started taking in foster children. That, plus several other experiences along the way, cultivated her heart for those who are judged mercilessly in their time of need.
“I value very highly what Hope Clinic provides to this community,” said Hogg. “All along, God has had me involved with people’s lives, especially those who have been judged for the decisions that they make. The last thing that they need is to be judged.”
A significant amount of Hogg’s background experience for ministries such as Hope Clinic came during the 17 years that she and her husband were ministering at the Walled Lake Missionary Church in the Detroit area.
While they were there, she started teaching and doing educational research in Head Start. Then, she advanced to the University of Michigan where she received a master’s degree in early childhood education and became manager of a research project involving children who were at-risk in pre-school programs.
“I worked with a professor who had been assistant secretary of education under former President George Bush,” said Hogg. “She wanted to bring an AmeriCorp program called, ‘Just Start,’ to the University of Michigan.”
When the Hoggs located in the Adams County area for ministry, Teri sensed immediately that the move was multi-dimensional, including church, closeness to her parents, and anything else ministry-related that might occur.
“I felt so strong about the Hope Clinic when I attended the banquet last fall,” said Hogg. “I was already praying for the clinic, then when I went through the interview process, God opened the door.
“The women here (Clinic) are so kind. They really care about the people. I was raised in Berne, I feel like I’ve come back to my hometown for ministry and to be a blessing to God here,” Hogg said. “The Lord will faithfully sustain what we do here. We value life and He will bless that.”
“I love the Hope Clinic; I always will,” said Sprunger. “This work takes so much of your heart. Now I want to be able to pour out to my children and family. I will continue to pray for the work here. Transition can be so challenging. The Lord is the head of this ministry. He has taken care of it for 21 years and He will continue to do so.”
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