Loving and leading the people of Hope Church brings me immense joy. I spend the bulk of my time preaching and teaching God’s Word, empowering our staff and leaders, and coming alongside the family of Hope in times of joy and sorrow. My passions are helping others see and experience the greatness and beauty of Jesus and equipping them to become disciplemakers in all of life. I absolutely love to learn. I started out with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Purdue before shifting gears to seminary with an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I’m currently working on a DMin at Biola University. God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, Lucy, and two sons, Judah and (to be named at birth). My other loves include playing basketball, running, biking, movies, coffee, eating, Euro gaming, and watching the Colts, Boilers, Pacers, Tigers, Cubs, and Wild. It’s shameful, but you should probably also know that I don’t eat a single vegetable.
As the Adult Ministry Director I have oversight of Community Groups, Learning Communities, Men and Women of Hope, with additional responsibility to identify and equip adult leaders. My desire is for adults to be actively on mission for Jesus, growing to be more like Him, and engaged with others in their community. I’ve been married to Barbara for 38 years (we married young!) and have four grown children (three married) and six grandchildren. I love the outdoors so you will find me biking, hiking, camping, gardening, boating, or golfing whenever time permits.
I have the privilege of being the Children’s Ministry (KidMin) Director here at Hope. I help lead and shape programming for children birth to Grade 5. I get excited about partnering with parents as we seek to create environments where kids get to know Jesus as their Savior. Nothing gets me more excited than sharing my love of Jesus with kids, parents, and volunteers. I received a Master's degree in Children's and Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary, and a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northwestern. I’m married to Carl and we have three amazing daughters, Greta, Ellie, and Hannah. When I am not at Hope, you can usually find me lifting weights, running with Carl, hanging out with my girls at one of their swim meets, hiking, and reading a book.
As the Student Ministries Director I coordinate and cast vision for disciplemaking with our students in grades 6-12. I have my B.A from DePauw University and an M. A. in Christian Education from Bethel Seminary. I enjoy working with all ages of students and watching God work through their lives as they interact as the church family. Helping students be disciples of Jesus and to make disciples of Jesus is my desire. I am married to my wonderful wife Jen and together we have three kids; Ingrid, Lowell, and Wallace. I enjoy participating in any and all sports (especially Rugby), enjoy art and performing arts, and love movies.
I help lead the staff in overall office structure and human resources. I have a deep desire for the office to have committed staff that love God and support the church’s mission and vision for making disciples. I also desire that we be authentic, open, warm, and friendly. In the area of human resources, I strive to be as HR compliant as possible. I am married to Dave, have three daughters; Kristen (Jeff) Arkell, Kara, and Kathryn; along with four sweet grandkids; Abby, Amanda, Sarah, and Zach. I enjoy baseball (Minnesota Twins), reading, hiking/biking, sewing, and football (Vikings not Packers)!
I serve as the Equipping Minister of Worship and have the privilege of leading and cultivating vibrant worship in the life of our church family. My passion lies in working closely with several worship teams, artists who love Jesus, nurturing excellence in their abilities and shepherding their hearts as servant leaders. The love of my life, Kristen, and I have two great kids, Andrew and Becca. In my free time you’ll find me in my shop woodworking, repurposing an old farm door into sideboard table or making a new table or bed. My educational background includes a BA in Vocal Performance, MA in Choral Conducting/Sacred Music, a Certificate in Biblical Studies and I am ordained through the EFCA. I’ve been at Hope…let’s just say a really long time, and I love serving with our staff and Hope family!
As the Bookkeeper at Hope Church, I enjoy my many responsibilities. My goal is to complete my work efficiently and effectively. I also strive to be helpful to the Pastors and Staff. I have been blessed with an amazing husband and two wonderful daughters. I also have one stepdaughter and two stepsons and a son-in-law. I like to spend my time biking and taking day trips with my husband Craig, shopping with my daughters, and I also love getting together with our family and friends.
I have the privilege of introducing God and His love to our youngest disciples. I manage the nursery by providing training and support to those that serve as well as partnering with parents as we introduce this lifelong journey of discipleship. I also serve on the KidMin team at Hope. My desire is to love and care for each one of the children God puts in my path by using my gifts to model His life. My husband is Steve, and we have two children, Ellie the Actress and Ethan the Athlete. I enjoy spending time at our cabin, walking our dog, and creating a comfortable home for my family.
I work with Bruce Bald, the Adult Ministries Director, to equip our leaders for ministry and to connect people to community. I have a strong desire to see people in Christ centered relationships and love seeing people grow in their faith. I was blessed to meet my husband Duane here at Hope Church. We have two children; Elijah is 11 and Halle is 9. In my free time, I can be found reading, exercising, or hanging out with friends.
As the Communications Coordinator, I help lead the communication and design efforts here at Hope and am responsible for things related to corporate communication, PR, web, print, and social media. I have a desire for brand consistency but…my passion is to see everyone know and love Jesus and each other through genuine community. I’m married to Matt and have two super cool, energetic boys, Jack and Jude. I like doing home projects with my hubby, playing games and watching football with my boys (Skol Vikings!), thrift and garage sale shopping, and throwing parties!
I have been working for 18 years as Facility Manager at Hope. My role at Hope is to maintain all areas of our building--inside and out. I also take care of Hope’s calendar of events, from who locks up the building, to outside groups that use our facility. My wife, Cheri, and I have been attending Hope since 1981, and live on the East Side of St Paul near Lake Phalen. My favorite things to do when I’m not at work are being with Cheri, in or near lake water, and putzing in the yard, garden, home, truck, and boat. Oh, and I also enjoy drawing!