If you’ve been around Shannon for any length of time you will hear him remind others to “live for heaven.” This isn’t just a phrase he says but is something he and his family live out on a daily basis. After marrying his college sweetheart, Danielle, Shannon built a successful international business with clients like Aflac and Hallmark Canada. In 2002 Shannon established SOS Ministries. Four years later, he left the corporate world and moved to Uganda to serve the Ugandan people on a full-time basis. Shannon would tell you he’s just a normal guy who finds great joy in serving His King. He’s a proud dad who loves sports and competition, and is the coach of the Kubamitwe United soccer team.
Danielle is Mom to not only their 8 children, but is also to the 25+ other young people who live in their home. She manages the important day-to-day details, keeping everyone healthy and happy while Shannon is busy and often traveling with ministry responsibilities. Danielle is also involved in bible studies and women’s ministry in the village—she is an accomplished writer of discipleship materials. With a B.A. in church music, Danielle loves piano and also writes her own music. The Hurley kids love life in Uganda and are all aspiring soccer champs. They’ve also started their own ministry called “Compassion in Action” and teach kids’ Bible studies.
Anthony, a Ugandan and SOS senior-employee since 2007, and his wife Mary have been married since 2012. After spending a couple of years in the U.S., they rejoined SOS Ministries in May of 2016, where Anthony was reacquired as the Manager of the Community Outreach Dept. Since then, he was also designated to manage SOS's 25- member Security Team and the Disability Ministry. Mary, an RN gifted in administrative skills, is a helpful support to Anthony’s work and to SOS as a coordinator of visitors and teams, children’s church director, and manager of her home.
They have four children: Hannah, born in October 2013, arrived in Uganda when she was two and a half. The only things she says she remembers of America are her grandparents, her Auntie Becky, and Costco! Seven months after arriving in Uganda, the Lord provided two other children who needed fostering and a family: Solomon (October 2010) and Ruth Annet (October 2011). Micah was a blessing added in June 2019. They are currently in the process of adopting Solomon, Ruth, and Micah, and hope it will be finalized by the end of 2020.
In God’s grace and sovereignty, John Paul and Sarah were raised in families who had God-fearing parents who taught them the gospel. John Paul was trained in Bible and Education at Multnomah Bible College and afterward served as a youth pastor for five years in California. He earned a master’s of Divinity from Phoenix Seminary in 2014. In addition to serving in pastoral ministry for 10 years, he has also worked in construction as a project manager. His wife of 15 years thinks the world of him, and his six children adore him and can’t wait for him to come home every evening! John Paul loves God’s Word and is excited about helping others love it, too.
Tony and Holly Gordon are the newest members of the SOS Missionary team, working as a team themselves. After they married in 2009, Tony completed medical school with the intention of using his skills to further God’s Kingdom on the foreign mission field. He completed his training in Family Medicine, earning his Medical Doctorate at Indiana University School of Medicine, and Family Medicine Residency at Ball Memorial Hospital IU Health, and worked as a Family Physician in Indianapolis for three years prior to moving to Uganda. He sees the field of medicine as an opportunity to not only care for the physical needs of the local church but also as a golden opportunity to reach the lost in a community by introducing people to Jesus when their hearts are often softest—during sickness and suffering.
Tony is passionate about working alongside the local church and helping to train his local community and student pastors at Shepherd’s Training Center. Tony will also be working to establish himself in the Ugandan medical system as a volunteer doctor. When it’s guy time, he enjoys playing soccer with the locals and is looking forward to mentoring other aspiring health professionals within the SOS community.
Holly has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and is using her skills to help English learners, while also diligently discipling women in her community. Tony and Holly are parents to three boys and one girl. Their boys love being outside, picking wild fruits, and being part of the close-knit “biker gang” on campus.
Tony holds an associate’s degree in Religion and a bachelor’s of science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Liberty University. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is licensed to practice medicine in Indiana.