John A. King – Co-Director
John plays many hats in his personal and professional life: husband, father, pastor, professor, counselor, and band leader. John serves as Associate Pastor at Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church and has 20 years of pastoral experience. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Graduate Counseling at Messiah College, and he is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania. He has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Kutztown University, and M.Div. Degree from Biblical Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University.
The joy of his life is his family: Cindy his wife, and his nine children ranging from 22 all the way down to 4. John, Cindy and the children play string instruments, and together they have a band called The King’s Strings. You can find them performing at churches, organization dinner parties, fundraisers, weddings, etc. in the Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania regions.
Adoption has been an amazing journey for John. Initially convinced that adoption was not for him, his first job out of college was a foster care social worker, then a therapist for foster children. As he and Cindy walked their journey towards adoption, he was able to see first-hand the amazing blessing of adopting children who had no hope and no future. Now he can’t imagine his family without the blessing of adoption. John’s heart is for protecting vulnerable children and seeing broken people set free through Christ. He enjoys talking to couples, husbands, and adoptive fathers who have questions about the emotional aspects of orphan care.
Cindy J. King – Co-Director
Influenced by a childhood friend whose family did foster care, Cindy always had a heart for “the least of these” and knew that adoption would be in her future. While her friends were reading romance novels, she was devouring every book she could find on special needs children and adoption. She chose a college where she could double major in both elementary and special education and after student teaching with 2nd graders, middle school developmentally disabled students, and learning disabled high schoolers, she was ready to begin her career. She looks back with fondness on her years of teaching and the many years of mothering since then. When she and John had a family, she chose to create an at-home tutoring business so she could spend more time with her children yet continue to help children and adults who struggled with learning.
She met John while in college and shared one of her favorite books with him; one about a family that adopted many special needs children. Sensing they had more than just a friendship, she hoped that her future husband would share her desire to adopt. He didn’t but she left it it God’s hands and little-by-little, God brought them to the same place; a place of brokenness for those in need of a loving family. John and Cindy have 5 biological children and have had over 20 foster children in their home, have been legal guardians to one, and have joyfully added 3 of those children to their home through adoption
Throughout their three (so far) adoption journeys, Cindy has done most of the research and connecting with resources and agencies. It was through this experience and many nudges from God, that the idea of Victorious Hope Adoption Consulting began. Cindy brings great organizational skills along with knowledge of each aspect of the adoption journey. Her educational experiences and day-to-day with their children give her wisdom which she loves to share with others. She also as a deep appreciation for the power of prayer and encourages couples to keep that at the center of their adoption journey.
Cindy is excited to talk with you, to walk with you on this journey, and to see children placed in loving homes where they will know their Creator who knows everything about them. She also desires to see adoptive families embrace birth families and learn to honor and love them with the love of Christ. Most of all, she loves to walk with families as they journey into adoption and find the beautiful story that God has written for them and their children.