Dr. Stephen Hunsley has dedicated his life to special needs children and helping those who provide ministry to special needs children, youth and adults. He is the SOAR Special Needs Director and Pastor for Grace Church in Overland Park, Kansas. The SOAR (Special Opportunities, Abilities, and Relationships) special needs ministry serves over 650 individuals with special needs through weekend church programming, family support groups, and regular respite events. SOAR also has adult programming on the weekend, a VBS, and a Special Needs Day Camp in the summer.
Doc also founded and leads the Kansas City Special Needs Ministries Network, for area church leaders. He is currently assisting over 150 churches locally and nationally to start a Special Needs Ministry. Prior to serving as a special needs pastor, Doc was a children’s pastor. Doc is a retired pediatrician while his wife, Kay, continues practicing pediatrics. They are proud parents to three beautiful children: Luke, Mark and Sarah. The Hunsley’s middle child, Mark, is presently running the halls of heaven. During Mark’s five-year earthly stay, he gave his family the opportunity to learn from and love a child with autism.