Our Story

In the summer of 2012, a group of leaders from churches across Knoxville, TN gathered to learn about the trafficking of our children in our state and across our nation. Street Grace of Atlanta exposed the church community of Knoxville to the evil of DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) and the urgent need for a faith-driven response. Believing that, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit,” (Psalm 34:18) we entered into a season of prayer and collaboration, asking God to show us how we could join in standing for those close to His heart.

During our first years together, Street Grace walked alongside us in first steps to raising awareness about DMST in East Tennessee. In 2014, we established an official board and moved towards creation of an independent organization called Street Hope TN. Passionate individuals came together, motivated by faith that no life is beyond the reach of God’s heart or His healing. The goal is to extend the reach of Street Hope TN from its beginnings in Knoxville to all of Tennessee.

Our Mission

Our mission is to eliminate the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children and provide safe environments
to foster healing and hope through Jesus Christ.

We do this by:

Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 11.54.56 AM

Awareness

Bringing awareness and light to the dark issue of domestic minor sex-trafficking throughout East Tennessee.
Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 11.55.28 AM

Connection

Connecting and mobilizing churches, community organizations and individual volunteers, and partner with other like-minded organizations to engage in the elimination of DMST.
Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 11.55.19 AM

Prevention

Engaging children and youth with a sexual-exploitation prevention message through our partnership with local youth groups and school systems, both public and private sectors.
Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 11.55.35 AM

Training

Providing training to equip individuals to identify signs of sexual exploitation and trafficking, as well as the proper way to respond if they believe they identified a victim.
Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 11.55.54 AM

Prayer

Street Hope TN believes prayer is a powerful tool in fighting DMST. As we commit to focus on restoration of minor sex trafficking victims, we are frequently reminded that this can only be done through regular prayer and seeking His heart with each step.

Restoration

Providing a holistic, Christ-centered restorative approach – physically, spiritually and emotionally.

Our Beliefs & Values

We believe there is no life too broken to be healed by God. Every life has value, and each person, victim or perpetrator, “may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13). Our confidence in this divine plan inspires our action in response to Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.
We are followers of Jesus Christ and embrace the Biblical mandate to care for the oppressed, orphan, broken and hurting, and we believe that the body of Christ has a responsibility to speak up and fight for those that cannot speak or fight for themselves.
We believe all children are significantly valued and loved by God, and that Jesus Christ is the only One who can heal and restore.
We believe that the source and demand (pornography, sex addiction) must be eliminated to see an end to child sexual exploitation.
We believe that children must be provided a safe place in order to heal and find hope again.
We believe that the fight against DMST begins with bringing awareness to the issue within our churches, schools, and community, and equipping them with tools to prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
Street Hope TN's statement of faith is comprehensively reflected in the Lausanne Covenant.

Our Team

Devin Payne

Street Hope TN Executive Director


Devin is a native of Knoxville with a passionate love for Jesus and a desire to end modern day slavery. After graduating from the University of Tennessee she worked as the Youth Initiatives Director at the Metro Drug Coalition (MDC). While there, she oversaw the Youth Metro Drug Coalition (YMDC), and as a result, has spoken before countless groups of students and adults in East Tennessee. Devin has a strong conviction that it is Jesus who brings true freedom and restoration to those affected by DMST, and He empowers those of us who desire to stop this evil.

Dr. Chad Sparks

Street Hope TN Board Chairman
Teaching Pastor, Providence Church


Dr. Chad Sparks is a Knoxville native who has been the Teaching Pastor at Providence Church in Knoxville since 1997. He has board experience in churches, para-church organizations, and Christian foundations through which he has led numerous charitable initiatives both locally and internationally.

Adam Rust

Street Hope TN Board Treasurer
Attorney, Leitner Williams, PLLC


Born in Knoxville, Adam has lived in Tennessee for most of his life. As a licensed attorney, he has over ten years of experience in the practice of law. Adam currently is a member at the law firm of Leitner, Williams, Dooley and Napolitan, PLLC in Knoxville, where he focuses upon civil litigation throughout East Tennessee. As a Street Hope TN board member, he remains committed to the fight against domestic minor sex trafficking.

Cathy Perelman

Street Hope TN Board Secretary
Vice President, Med Maps


Cathy is a follower of Jesus Christ who longs for His glory in her life, which He has blessed fully! Following college, Cathy worked as an RN in various areas of intensive care nursing for 10 years. Her next primary position was as a stay at home mom, home educating her children. During that season, she also studied and became a certified Biblical Counselor and served in areas of student ministries. Through counseling and student ministry, she was exposed to the problem of DMST and became involved in the early days of Street Hope TN, serving both as a part of the prayer team and speaker’s bureau.

Terri Cage

Street Hope TN Board Member
Community Impact Director, West Park Baptist Church


Terri Cage is a native of East Tennessee whose passion is to serve others. With degrees in engineering and technical writing she has worked in technical fields, but her greatest fulfilment has been in her current role as wife, mother of 3 sons, and mentor/biblical counselor at her church. As the Community Impact Coordinator, she is a servant-leader of community outreach at West Park Church where her husband is on staff as Pastor of Community Care.

Dr. Audrey Barry

Street Hope TN Board Member
OBGYN, Tennova Women's Care


Jennifer Eppley

Street Hope TN Board Member
DSW, LCSW


Jennifer Eppley, DSW, LCSW, has served in a variety of roles in social service settings for over 20 years. She strives to serve with the Lord through serving the poor and broken. She is a member of Sevier Heights Baptist Church.

Ted Francisco

Street Hope TN Board Member
Department of Homeland Security Investigations


Our Partners

Church Partners

Our church partners who have a vision to be salt and light in a dark world by actively serving those in need, speaking for the vulnerable, and equipping disciples of Christ to actively impact the lives of children and families.

West Park Baptist Church    First Baptist Church of Powell    Providence Church    First Baptist Concord    Grace Baptist Church    Faith Promise   


Community Partners

Community Coalition to Protect Children    Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM)    CCAHT    Freedom424    KCAB       Compassion Coalition    Hosea's Heart    ABN


Would you like to become a partner?