In 2003 Ron was appointed by Missions Door to serve as Chaplain at Hope Again in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. Hope Again exists to fill the gap in social services in poverty-stricken areas through comprehensive case management.
As Chaplain at Hope Again, Ron directs the spiritual aspects of the center, which include one-on-one counseling and pastoral care, teaching and discipleship, and coordinating Bible studies and worship services.
Ron says, “L.A.’s urban poor and disenfranchised need to get connected to Jesus Christ, to a community of believers, and to the resources that will help them become self-sufficient and productive members of society. This mission field is right on our doorsteps.”
Growing up in south Los Angeles, Ron saw firsthand the problems that plague today’s city dwellers. A short-term mission experience in Japan during college sparked his interest in missions. Ron says, “I returned home with a new zeal to study and eventually return to Japan.”
Ron is thankful for Christian parents who supported and encouraged his desire to serve the Lord wherever he might be called.
Deeyonne grew up in Rock Springs and Cheyenne, Wyoming. While a student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, she accepted Christ and quickly became involved with a Christian group at the university.
She left school two years later to work in Denver as a counselor for developmentally-disabled adults. During her time in Denver she recalls telling the Lord, “Any time, any place, I will serve you.” Little did she know that “any place” would be Japan.
The Galpins were married in 1986 and were appointed by WorldVenture the following year. Their two sons, Josiah and David, were born in Japan. The Galpins returned to the U.S. in 2002 due to their children’s education needs.
B.A. in East Asian Studies. M.Div. from Denver Seminary