Dr Nathan Hitchcock

Vision Consultant

Dr. Nathan Hitchcock is a consultant who has been helping Bridge of Hope to focus its vision and develop strategies.  He has been working with Bridge since the end of 2020.  Nathan meets with leaders regularly, assisting the Council and various teams.  He preaches at least once a month. 


Nathan is a former professor at Sioux Falls Seminary, where he taught Church history, theology, and biblical interpretation.  He was one of the pioneers of Kairos, a competency-based approach to seminary that uses mentor teams.  He has owned or managed several businesses.  He now helps various organizations through Sevensided Consulting.  

Nathan and his wife Christina live just across the state line, in South Dakota.  On their acreage they're raising their two children, Boston terriers, and an odd assortment of ducks.  In his free time, Nathan throws stones, cabers, and other things, preferably while wearing a kilt.

Ruth Ruter

Church Administrator / Ministry Coordinator

Ruth grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She came to Northwest Iowa to attend Dordt University. Following college, Ruth worked for Dordt's Printing Department as typesetter and layout artist. Once beginning a family, she began working at Covenant CRC in Sioux Center as the administrative assistant and was there for 25 years. She has worked in that same role at Bridge of Hope since 2012.

Ruth and husband Dave have lived in Sioux Center since marrying. They raised 3 kids who are now each raising families of their own—their oldest son Matt lives in Centennial, Colorado, with his wife and two sons; son Luke lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife and three children; and their daughter Ellie and husband are raising their kids in Sioux Center.

In her free time, Ruth enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being involved in church, various ministries, the community, traveling and camping.

Ruth enjoys working at Bridge of Hope. She likes helping people and providing support where needed. She knows a common problem in churches is having things fall between the cracks and looks for ways to help avoid that from happening. She also values the unique opportunities this job provides to minister to others and thankful she can offer support.

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Kira Ouwinga

Youth Director

Kira was born and raised in Sioux Center, Iowa. Her parents are Jay and Heidi Ouwinga, and she has two younger brothers, Aidan and Sawyer. Kira graduated from Western Christian High School in 2021 and is attending Dordt University majoring in Youth Ministry.


Kira has been a member at Bridge of Hope for several years and is also a worship leader. In her free time, Kira enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, kayaking, playing games, spending time with family and friends, attending praise and worship nights, and working with the youth! Spending time with kids has always been a passion of Kira’s, and she loves to come alongside them and mentor them. She is excited to work with the youth at Bridge of Hope!