Brian Mills

Lead Pastor of Hope Church

I began working at Hope in 2014. I have a deep passion to see broken things restored and have wide experience serving that mission through 4 years of inner-city ministry, 12 years of ministry at a Christian University and 12 years in local church ministry. I enjoy my motorcycle and horseback riding, hiking, the outdoors, bird watching, jazz music, hot sauce, blueberries, almonds, coffee and adventurous foreign food (not together). I love being husband to Chantell, and dad to Ryder (married and in ministry) and Rylee (recent College graduate).

Pastoral Ministry Team

Troy Easley

Lead Pastor of Ministry

I began working at Hope in 2016 and have served full time in churches since 1998, currently I oversee our Pastoral Ministries here at Hope Church . Beyond the ultimate priority of my relationship with Christ, my life’s passions are spending time with my wife, Kiesha, and our two daughters, creating memories with my family and friends, and watching and playing sports. We are grateful and excited to be a part of Hope and all God is doing through our Church.

Dustin Bramer

Connections Pastor

I began working at Hope in 2015 as Hope’s first ever Sports Pastor and currently serve as our Connections Pastor. In addition to being a pastor, I’ve also been a paramedic for over 20 years spending several years as a helicopter medic with travel opportunities to Saudi Arabia and Africa. To say I have a busy household is an understatement, as me and my wife, Tracy, have eight kids and three grandkids. (Kids: Dylan, Chloe, Dori, Fisher, Jamal, Calvin, Isaiah and Caroline. Grandkids: Carter, Cade, Lincoln and Sawyer. The busyness keeps me young!)  

Beth Yokley

Community Pastor

I began working at Hope in 2004. Local and global missions are my passion, so I am living out my dream job! In my spare time I’m pursuing training in spiritual direction, collecting plants, pestering my teenage daughter Chloe, baking pies, reading fiction, entertaining, and eating my husband Marcus’ amazing culinary creations.

Curtis Batchelder

Children's Pastor

I began working at Hope in 2019. I love being a Children’s Pastor and get excited every time I have the chance to tell kids about our great God.  I love to play any game or sport especially if I win and love hanging out with my wife, Jen and our six kids: Katie, Elijah, Noah, Kaileb, Kendyl, and Kaiden. 

Garrett LeVault

Student Pastor

I began working at Hope in 2019. My passion in life is to connect Middle and High School students to a real faith that leads to Kingdom Work. I’m fueled by fun and enjoy making music, hiking and backpacking, playing disc golf, paintball, cheering for the Blues, trying out new hobbies, and spending time with my wife, Emily and our two daughters, Austen and Logan.  

Sarah Zenk

Care Group Coordinator

I began working at Hope in 2018.  I am passionate about helping people find the support they need through groups and mentoring relationships.  I enjoy helping people discover their hidden gifts and talents, inspiring spiritual growth, and developing volunteers into leaders.  I am currently pursuing a master's degree in marriage and family counseling therapy.  In my spare time, I enjoy creative arts, music, reading books, cooking, and spending time with my family:  my husband, Michael, and our three kids, Natalie , Isaac, and Sam.

Ashton Blower

Pastoral Ministry Team Coordinator

I began working at Hope in 2021. I’m passionate about bringing people closer to Jesus while also serving and connecting with others. I love to see people get excited about God. Outside of work, I love running, traveling, and spending time with my husband, Jacob, and our families.

Melissa Hunley

Pastoral Ministry Team Assistant

I began working at Hope in 2022.  I love Jesus and am passionate about helping others draw closer to Him through groups and service.  I enjoy creating environments where others feel welcomed and loved. I love doing life with my husband, Brett and two sons, Luke and Noah.  Any time I can spend with my family and friends makes my heart happy, happy, happy!  I love to stay active, but I would never turn down popcorn and a good movie. 

Worship and Arts 

Jackson Price

Lead Pastor of Worship & Arts

I began working at Hope in 2013. Creating memories and experiences that help people connect to Christ is my life's mission. I’m married to my dream girl, Jessica Price, and have 3 kids: Emma, Caleb & Molly. I love God more than my life, my family more than anything, people more than music and Illinois more than the other states. There’s no place like Hope.  

Sarah Ginder

Communications Director

I began working at Hope in 2020. I’m passionate about creating and strategizing ways to bring people to Christ through captivating design and collaborating big picture ideas with my team. Outside of Hope, you may find me practicing yoga, traveling and spending time with family. I enjoy doing life with my husband, Luke, and our three kiddos.

Kristin Taylor

Worship & Arts Coordinator

I began working at Hope in 2018. I’m passionate about creating environments where people encounter Christ in meaningful and life-changing ways.  Outside of work and music,  I enjoy being wife and mom to my wonderful husband and our two boys, traveling, Zumba/Yoga, and spending quality time with family and friends. 

Paul "PJ" Bill Jr.

Worship Associate

I began working at Hope in 2021. I believe I can impact lives, inspire hope, and leave a legacy beyond myself. Outside of worship, music, being an artist, and work, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful family of four and traveling! 

Ben Montgomery 

Back Of House Coordinator

I began working at Hope in 2021. I love music, as it is a true passion of mine and a true gift from God. I play 10 instruments (and growing).  What I enjoy most about my role here, is making everyone else's lives easier — alleviating things like anxiety, stress, and lack of direction so our team can flourish. I enjoy coming in on the weekends and getting everything in its place, organized and ready to go so they are able to just "show up". It brings a smile and a sense of peace knowing others benefit from my efforts. Something I'm starting to get into is music production and would love to explore that in my future.


Carol McCaughey 

Business Manager

I began working at Hope in 2016. I enjoy being on mission by being a good steward, facilitating Rooted groups, and love seeing first-hand God’s provision and blessings. When not at work, I enjoy golfing, hiking, gardening, and loving on my grandkids with my husband, Tim.  

Ray Tolley

Technical Director

I began working at Hope in 2003. My position at Hope allows me to combine my passion for technology with my passion to serve others. I love people and enjoy interacting with volunteers, attendees, and others through our Hope community. One of my most fulfilling ministries has been mentoring young people interested in learning to serve God on Hope’s Tech Team. Outside the office I have more hobbies and interests then time allows; building and flying RC planes, boating, skiing, horseback riding, computer gaming, target shooting and spending time on my tractor doing dirt work. My wife, Susan and I enjoy spending time with our daughter and her family.

Rod Robbins

Facilities Director

I began working at Hope in 2019. I enjoy collaborating with people to keep Hope's campus beautiful. When I'm not working you may find me playing pickleball and always keeping active. I enjoy spending life with my wife, Lisa and our two adult sons.

Jacob Blower

Facilities Coordinator Trainee

I began working at Hope in 2024. I am passionate about mission work and keeping Hope's facilities tidy and operating smoothly. Aside from work, I enjoy all things outdoors, most sports, and spending time with my wife, Ashton. 

Jess Krongos

Operations Coordinator

I began working at Hope in 2019 and love being part of anything that helps people draw closer to Christ. I enjoy being part of this team at Hope, and do my best to serve as much as possible. Some of my greatest joys include serving alongside my husband, Kevin, on the praise team, being part of the team who runs Hope's live stream, and helping the media team with setup for weekend services. I love singing, playing guitar, song-writing, being outdoors, watching football and spending quality time with my family.