Meet Our Team


We are proud to be a part of the nCourage Kids Team and are so grateful for the opportunity to teach your children and be a light in their lives. We love them and we love what we do!


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Karen Brown

Area Director

Karen Brown is the  Area Director of nCourage Kids. Karen brings over 22 years of experience in the early childhood education field specializing in mentoring, leading, and encouraging an exceptional staff.Karen has a deep love of children and a desire to support families by caring for and educating their precious little ones. Karen has been a licensed preschool director for 16 years and holds a National Directors Credential from the McCormick Center at the National Louis University.  She is a member of NAEYC, TXAEYC, HAAEYC and KMIC.


John Starr

CEO + Co-Founder

John has been a senior executive leader in multiple non-profit organizations as well as private sector companies in Houston for 25 years. His entrepreneurial passions are focused especially on establishing businesses that leverage their influence and resources to help make a difference in communities and the lives of people. John and his wife Susan have five children and reside in Cypress. John has a BBA in Finance from Baylor University and a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary.


Luke Stretch

Chief Operating Officer + Co-Founder

Luke founded and manages a successful construction and renovation company that employs 40 team members. A primary objective in his business is building and cultivating the team that works with him. Luke and his wife are native Houstonians. They have been married 9 years and have 3 children- two sons and a daughter.