Shannon and Kristi Hopkins met in high school at First Baptist Church Gordon, Texas. In 2000 Shannon and Kristi married. They have 3 kids, Tyler, Emma and Isabella. Before serving in Honduras, the Hopkins served in youth ministry for 10 years. Throughout this time they have participated in various mission trips all over the world. It was on one of these trips that they went on a vision trip to Gracias, Honduras. They left with a calling to go live and serve God and the people of Honduras. Both Shannon and Kristi were called to the mission field before they were married but God also confirmed this calling as a couple. After much prayer and seeking the guidance of their closest peers, colleagues, and family that they surrendered to the call. The Hopkins founded 61 Isaiah Ministries and moved to Gracias, Lempira in 2011.
In September 2009, the Hopkins formed 61 Isaiah Ministries and began raising support. They left the U.S. December 28, 2010 to attend Language School in Costa Rica. In June 2011 they moved to Gracias, Lempira, Honduras.
Edith is 18 years old and from Gracias, Honduras where she lives with her parents and 2 siblings. At the age of seven, she received a scholarship to attend and then graduated from Abundant Life Christian School. This school is where she met the Hopkins, who she had as her Bible and Family Living teachers. She began working with their team as a babysitter and translator in 2014. Here is her story in her words, "I saw how happy my people were with us just being there, kids playing with people that didn’t know their language but that not being an obstacle for them to enjoy their time together, and people walking in the rain to have a church service with the ‘’gringos.” But what impressed me the most was going back to those villages a year later and seeing the people with joy in their eyes, welcoming us as if we were a part of their family. With experiences like this, I started developing a need in my heart to keep doing this. I started praying about it and I had many ideas, but finally I decided that since God gave me the gift of knowing a second language, it is so that I can use it for His glory. " She officially joined our team in August 2016.
Joshua Dykes from Mount Pleasant, Texas where he grew up with his awesome parents (Chris and Martha) and his younger brother (Brandon). Josh grew up attending First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant along with his family and his relationship with Christ started when he was 9 years-old and asked his parents, “If Jesus is perfect and I am not, then why would He die for me?” To which they responded, “Because He loves you.” From that moment onward, Joshua started the crazy and fulfilling adventure that we call being a Christian. Josh continued to learn about God’s will for his life and when he was 16 years-old he felt a call to ministry. He followed this call to Howard Payne University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry, Public Policy (from the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy), and a minor in Spanish. He has worked in youth ministry for the past 4 years and believes that his time in ministry has prepared him to work in adaptive innovative ways. Joshua came to Gracias for the first time on a short-term mission with Southside Church and returned again the next year. It was after this second stay in Honduras that Joshua joined the missions team. Josh likes learning, reading, making new friends, listening to music, and playing basketball.
Board of Directors
Cliff and Janet Watson have been associated with 61 Isaiah Ministries since 2011 and Cliff has served as president of the board since that time. They have been married for 30 years and have three daughters, a son and daughter-in-law. They are both graduates of Texas Tech University and live near Terrell, Texas. Cliff is a mechanical engineer and works in the electric power generation business.
My name is Phil Immicke. I entered into the ministry in 2003 after serving in the US Navy. I married the love of my life, Kristen, in 2005, and in 2007 was blessed with a beautiful little girl. I graduated from Dallas Baptist University where I earned a degree in Christian Ministries with a concentration in Youth and Education ministries. I have served on the board of 61 Isaiah since 2014 and have made several trips to Honduras quickly falling in love with the Lenca people. I am honored to serve on this board and I’m looking forward to seeing God work in an amazing way.
My name is Rusty Johnson. I have been married for 22 years to my wife Michelle and have been blessed with 2 children, Brooke and Preston. I have been on the 61 Isaiah ministry board since the board's inception. We are members of First Baptist Church in West, Texas where I currently serve as a deacon and youth Sunday school teacher. I have also been teaching AWANA’s for children at FBC West. I lead a Coaches Outreach bible study for the coaches of West ISD. I own a small construction company and specialize in dirt work. I am thankful to be a part of 61 Isaiah Ministry and have enjoyed seeing relationships strengthened in Honduras in order to bring God glory and minister to the people of this country.
Don has been happily married to Lora for 24 years. They have 2 girls and one son in law, Maddison, Kyndal and her new husband JT. He currently is an employee of Pactiv, a Reynold’s company. He works as a process technician in the EPS cups side. He is a former employee of Hoot Johnson Construction, former marine, student minister and camp director. Don serves as a deacon at FBC West and teaches a Sunday school class called “Coffee and Camo.” He has a strong desire for discipleship where people transition from learners to followers of Christ. Don has been on the 61 Isaiah Ministry board since 2011 at it’s beginning stages.