We are celebrating 10 Years in Durban, South Africa!

Join us for Hope 300!


Dan & Rachel Smither

Founders, Executive Director & Musical Director

In 2007, after ministering to thousands of inner city children for more than ten years with The Power Company Kids Club (Pontiac, MI), Dan and Rachel founded Key of Hope. Dan has a bachelor’s degree in theology from William Tyndale College, and Rachel studied music theory at Oakland University. They have been married since 1995, and have four beautiful daughters.

Siyanda & Thembile Goba

Director of Family Rights and Cross Training

Both born and raised in Durban, Siyanda and Thembile have three boys of their own. In addition to heading the Family Rights program, Siyanda leads our Cross Training sports program, and serves as Area Coordinator for three squatter camps.

Thokozile Kholungoana


Thoko runs our girls’ netball teams as part of the Cross Training sports program. She also assists Roz Wilson in the Crèche Project. She and her husband have two children.

Jonathan Borowski

Jonathan arrived in Durban in March 2014 after connecting with Key of Hope at a spring camp that his home church in St. Clair Shores, MI facilitates in the Drakensburg Mountains. Jonathan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wayne State University and has experience working with children through Vision Hope’s ‘Champions For Life’ kid’s camp in Southeastern Michigan.

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John & Tamela Rigg

Before arriving at Key of Hope, John and Tamela had served in full time church ministry in Holly, MI. The both of them have served together in Outreach, Missions, and Christian Camping and hope to use their past for the future of South Africa. They are blessed to have two married boys that now have children of their own back in Michigan.

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Harriet Pearson

Harriet is Key of Hope’s latest Gogo. She understands that God not only knows the strengths and weaknesses that come with her years, but through the years He has also equipped her with the passion to serve Him and the children of Key of Hope.

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Pam Dubs

Financial Administrator

Pam joined Key of Hope in February of 2016 to manage the bookkeeping in the U.S. as well as assist with office administration. She has been working in churches and non-profits as bookkeeper since 1999 and feels very blessed to be using those experiences to now serve with Key of Hope.