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Back2Back Cincinnati Staff Support: Hailie Kennedy

My name is Hailie Kennedy and my family and I first started going to MCC when I was in middle school. I am the daughter of Forrest and Jennifer Harshbarger and me and my family are heavily involved with missions through MCC. I live in Franklin with my husband, Sean, and our two dogs. I quickly became involved with the youth group at MCC and engaged in every volunteer opportunity that I could. Some of my favorite memories are going to Butler Springs Christian Camp with our youth group and then coming back to volunteer to serve both the middle school and high school youth group once I graduated. I went to Indiana Wesleyan University for my Bachelor's degree where I double majored in Psychology and Addictions Counseling. After I graduated, I went straight to grad school at Grace College in Warsaw, Indiana. I received my Master's degree in the spring of 2018 in Clinical Mental Health. I am now a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor through the state of Ohio. Upon graduating I have been working with troubled you in community mental health agencies as a mental health therapist. 

I am coming on staff with Back2back Ministries as the first licensed mental health therapist for their Cincinnati site. Back2back Cincinnati first launched in the Spring/Summer of 2018 and since they have begun to grow larger and larger, attempting to meet the needs of inner city children in Cincinnati. I will be working to establish how to best serve the children from an emotional and social development standpoint. As a therapist, I will be providing therapeutic services and mental health connections and referrals to the children and their families who are involved with Back2back Cincinnati. I am also going to be a mentor/safe person for some of the children who may not need therapeutic services; spending quality time with the children and helping them to engage in activities and relationships that are safe, healthy, and spiritually rewarding. In addition to being a therapist and a mentor, Back2back will be training me to teach their Trauma Competent Care curriculum to churches, schools, organizations, and other ministries who are interested in becoming more aware of how to best help children who have been severely traumatized and come from hard places. 

The best stories are the ones that converge at just the right moment. It’s in this narrative that we find deeper meaning as we understand that God is at work in more ways than we can see or know. At Back2Back Cincinnati, we have recently been reminded of 3 principles that help Everyone Belong: We are better together, new experiences expand our dreams, and that God creates safe spaces.

OCC Relay Center

November 18-November 25

Every year we help to organize and distribute thousands of shoe boxes to go around the world to be given away in Jesus name. Serving as a relay center takes a lot of effort and a lot of people. If you can serve during this week you can sign up using the link below.

Click here to sign up.

“And when the Lord Jesus has become your peace, remember, there is another thing: good will towards men. Do not try to keep Christmas without good will towards men.” -Charles Spurgeon

Angel Tree

November 17-November 24

For two weeks at the end of November, Christmas trees will be at the church with tags decorating them. Each tag represents a gift that will go to a child in need this Christmas. Simply take a tag, get the gift and return the gift to church. 

If you or a group would like to participate by providing Christmas for a whole family you can email for more information, 

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” – 2 Corinthians 9:15