Dr. Julio Volcy started Hope Outreach International (HOI) in 1997 with the aim to reach his home village of Lamothe and provide much-needed help to the Haitian people. Born in Haiti, Dr. Volcy grew up in what is considered a “common family” in the community; as a son of a father who had eighteen children with eight different women, he understands what it is to grow up without a father and without the resources to be successful in life.
Early on, God placed a calling on his life in the form of Mark 9:23 – “Everything is possible to him who believes.” These words became the foundation on which he would later build his ministry in Haiti. While still a child, he began to evangelize his community by helping North American missionaries and by leading short-term trips within Haiti. In 1999, he moved to the United States to further his education.
Julio understands just how difficult life can be for children growing up without the resources that they need to lead successful lives. In order to obtain a primary education, Julio would leave his home in the morning darkness and walk two hours down the mountain to school. At the end of the day, he would spend three hours climbing back up the mountain. This was his daily routine for thirteen years. He was later blessed with a mentor relationship that changed his life.
Julio is an energetic, passionate and motivated leader with a servant’s heart. He served as the founder and Lead Pastor of Hope Community Church in Bradenton, Florida, for over ten years. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Haiti Teen Challenge, a residential program focused on discipleship, leadership and vocational training for young men and women. He also serves on the Board of Directors for both Hope Outreach International and Haiti Share. His ministry has impacted many lives, as he seeks to serve God through preaching, teaching, leadership and ministry training.
Dr. Volcy holds a Doctorate in Ministry from Christian Life School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. He has received numerous hours of training in the areas of leadership, world missions, church planting and non-profit administration. Julio and his wife, Suzette, reside in Haiti with their four children – Julionn, Jyathniel, Joy, and Jyahu.