Hope is Here

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Horn addresses taboo topics on Christian-based radio program

Becky Barnes,

After falling to his lowest of lows, Greg Horn has found hope.
In fact, Horn has taken to the airwaves to declare “Hope is here.”
Horn, formerly of Cynthiana, lost his own hope in the aftermath of the 1997 flood that claimed his business, Payless Food Center, which was later home to Save-a-Lot behind Lee’s on U.S. 27 South.
With no flood insurance, Horn was faced with a $1 million unforeseen debt on top of what he had borrowed for his business start up.
The future looked pretty grim.
However, with the help of his Payless staff and volunteers, he was able to re-open just 21 days after the flood.
Also in 1997, just a few  months after the devastating flood, Horn joined friends Patty Adams (Hannah) and Rosemary Whitaker as coordinators of the very first Relay for Life in Harrison County.
They set a goal to raise $10,000. In its first year, Relay for Life raised $30,000.
The second year, the goal was $33,000. The final tally that year was $60,000.
In 2000, the Techau family purchased the Payless building.
However, in 2001 he was faced with bankruptcy, his wife left and “to be honest, I was angry with God.”
Horn said he accepted a sales job with Somerset Foods and he began reading his Bible.
He said he was 36 years old, had moved back home with his parents and was struggling with motivation for anything.
“There were days I felt like I couldn’t go on,” Horn said. “I felt suicidal.”
Horn shared his feelings with his brother who called him daily to make sure he was all right.
He wasn’t then, but it didn’t take long for Horn to find his footing with the word of God.
He went through Christian counseling with another Harrison County man, Greg Williams, through Southland Christian Church.
Horn said God just kept putting positives in his path.
“Here I was a divorced, bankrupt, homeless guy,” Horn said. That’s when Nelson Williams invited him to speak at Berry Christian Church.
He became Berry’s minister with a congregation of about 25 regular attendees. That grew to 50.
Horn was ordained at Berry Christian, where he challenged his congregation to bring a friend to church.
The morning that was to welcome friends, Horn said he openly wept when he walked into a sanctuary with 156 people in attendance.
Horn acknowledges that God was in control and that his journey has always been about God.
Horn said he would be forever indebted to fellow Christian and minister Wayne Smith who pulled him back into the fold.
In 2003, Horn was called to be the associate minister at NorthEast Christian Church and two years later promoted to executive pastor.
During that term, he helped raise $10 million to build all of the NorthEast’s buildings.
But, in the  midst of all of his growth and outward appearance of getting it all back together, Horn’s second wife asked for a divorce.
Horn remained at NorthEast for 10 years and in 2013 he and brother Darrin began SportsTalk, a sports radio show.
The pair did that for three years and loved it.
Then a new challenge presented itself. He was asked to run Culver’s Restaurant in Lexington. The deal was that after a year he would have 10 percent ownership in the business.
Horn said he had been in the food business and this was to be just another adventure along those lines. However, after seven months, he knew that it was just not a good fit.
“My heart just wasn’t in it,” Horn said.
His next stop was to be an adjunct professor at Midway College where he taught business classes.
And, in December 2017, Horn said he did find a good fit.
He became the voice of HOPE, a 15-minute radio show for WJMM 99.1 FM. Hope is Here is aired Monday-Friday, 12:30-12:45 p.m. on WCYN, which began airing in April.
“It’s spiritual food for lunch,” Horn said.
He began offering podcasts in May and that reaches over 7,000 people in 33 states and seven foreign counties.
He has also been doing some public speaking and is interested in doing more.
Horn said that the recent suicides of nationally recognized people prove that everyone needs hope.
“If they had reached out to someone ... to let them know they were hurting ...” Horn suggested that there might have been a different outcome.
“We have to encourage everyone to let them know there is always hope, but you have got to let the world know you’re hurting.
The year following the life-changing flood, Horn was named the Cynthiana-Harrison County  Chamber of Commerce’s Businessperson of the Year. He also received recognition as Volunteer of the Year from the Harrison County  School District and a community service award for the Kiwanis.
His story was featured in John Maxwell’s book, “Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success.”
Hope is Here is a non-profit organization. The shows focus on such topics as divorce, financial stress, cancer, death of loved ones, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, rejection and anger, just to name a few.
“Because of my hope in Jesus I am now able to share Hope with those who find themselves in similar overwhelming situations.,” Horn stated in a Hope brochure.