The Hope Center Family

LaRae Mudd; Hope Center Public Relations Director

LeRae Mudd-Hope Center Conference & Event Planner

LaRae brings more than 10 years of meeting planning and special events to the Hope Center. She managed the Campus and Community Events department at College of DuPage overseeing community rental of college meeting space, coordinating community group meetings and fundraising events, and planning and implementing various college events from as small as 30 people (legislative breakfast) to as many as 10,000 for an event for President Bush Sr.

In addition, LaRae worked for The American Cancer Society managing volunteer boards within a five county territory. She assisted her volunteer boards in the planning and implementation of community and fundraising events, as well as educational programs. LaRae is a 1987 graduate from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations.

LaRae has a heart for the Lord, attends a local church and participates in bible studies and small groups. She is excited to grow in her faith and service as she facilitates to the community through the Hope Center.

LaRae is also a licensed Real Estate Broker.

Nichole Marbach; Founder of The Hope Center and Nichole Marbach Ministries

Nichole Marbach - Founder of the Hope CenterNichole resides in Illinois with her husband and three children and is a graduate and licensed minister of Charis Bible College Chicago (Andrew Wommack Ministries) and ordained minister through Joan Hunter Ministries. She is also a Certified Joy Restoration Coach© through the Professional Christian Coaching and Counseling Academy, an author, speaker, and teacher who feels called to spread the extreme love and grace of God through the finished work of Jesus Christ around the world. 

Nichole's powerful testimony of overcoming bipolar disorder, PTSD, suicide attempts, panic attacks, alcoholism, self-injury, and other addictions, has given her a passion to minister to hurting people. She loves to teach people that Jesus paid the price for their healing and encourage them to never give up hope on the promises of God which are "Yes and Amen!" in Christ.

Nichole has ministered throughout the U.S. and internationally as a conference speaker and teacher. She has also appeared on several Christian television and radio programs. Her miraculous "Healing Journey" has aired on Andrew Wommack's The Gospel Truth TV program and is currently a healing testimony on his website, giving hope to many people around the world.

Nichole is a speaker of the Because of Jesus Ministries' Women of Grace Conferences ( and hosts a conference every year in the Chicago area. She is also the founder of Nichole Marbach Ministries and a member of the Association of Related Ministries International through Andrew Wommack Ministries and a member of Patricia King's Women in Ministry Network. She is also a member of Oswego Family Church. (

Melissa M. Nehr - Administrative Assistant & Prayer Minister

As a graduate of Charis Bible College, Melissa maintains a ministry license from CBC & is currently working toward the completion of the Charis Bible College Leadership program. She spent her professional career at Chicago Public School as a middle school administrative assistant for 21 years.

Melissa has had 13 years’ experience working closely with Women of the Word Women Conferences where she was actively engaged with 3 steering committees and the leader of hospitality, and in 2014 was a coordinator of the WOW women’s retreat in Lake Geneva Wisconsin.

Melissa has a strong passion for working with, and mentoring women as they develop a deep, personal relationship with the Lord that is rooted in love, faith and a solid knowledge of His Word. Melissa is also actively involved in her church family and considers it an honor to be a prayer minister on the prayer team.

Christy Rose; Grace Immersion Teacher

Christy Rose; Grace Immersion TeacherChristy Rose is a professed recovering Pharisee! From a young child, she always behaved in ways that would bring her acceptance and approval. After graduating from Rhema Bible Training Center, Christy began living her dream of being a stay-at-home wife and mother and still had time to teach Sunday school and Bible study and be a youth and children's pastor with her husband Aaron.

Christy became a woman of grace when God's unconditional love and grace brought her to the place of exchanging her self-righteousness for Jesus' righteousness! As a mother of six she has learned to depend on His love and grace and continues to share the true Good News in Bible Studies, and conferences. Her humor, life experiences, and love of God's Word uniquely equip her as a dynamic and anointed minister of the Gospel of Grace.