We are a community passionate about bringing the hope offered through Jesus to our world by investing in new generations of new people in new places. In response to God’s great love for us, we are growing together in love for God, for one another and for our neighbor, who may live across the street or on the other side of the globe.
Church was never meant to just be a service on Sunday mornings. It was always God's heart to create a family, His family, and to invite EVERYONE into that family. This is why you'll find the best way to connect at Hope is to become a part of the family through our Missional Communities (MCs). MCs are led by YOU, whether you're a pastor, a coffee shop manager, a stay at home mom or dad, a plumber, a teacher, or unemployed! You'll find Hope is also very family-like on Sunday mornings, and we welcome you to celebrate with us on Sundays.
Hope Church also founded Elevate Coffee Co. as a way to connect. We want it to be a place where anyone of any background or belief can come and feel lifted up. And not just from a caffeine boost. If you haven't yet, check out Elevate!
Please let us know more about you and how we can help you feel a part of the family.
“For over 12 years, my family & I have attended the same church. Although spirit filled, we’ve always felt that we were outside looking in. Over a few weeks with Hope Church, we developed more meaningful relationships than our entire previous 12 years. The best part is that with focus on children and youth programs, our children share in our enthusiasm.”
-The O’Brien Family
“I am happy to find a church home as welcoming as Hope. A place where you can be honest about yourself, the struggles in faith and day to day life, and how we live through and overcome those struggles by turning to each other and Christ.”
“I am excited to be involved in this community because I am looking forward to meeting new people and growing in God through Hope Church”
Jesus Christ is the center of our community, and we believe Jesus is the hope for our lives and for the entire world.
God created the universe. God is loving, compassionate, just and kind. His deepest desire is to live in an intimate relationship with you and all people.
There is a Triune God—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We acknowledge one God in these three persons.
God became human. This is because of His desire to live in a relationship with us. Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, is fully God and fully man. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus made it possible for all people to live in a relationship with God. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Through Him and Him alone can people enter into a relationship with God. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the presence of Jesus Christ among us. Through Him God loves us, empowers us and lives in us. The Spirit gives gifts to all believers. We believe in all the gifts of the Spirit and encourage their use.
The Bible is the Word of God. Through it, God reveals Himself to us. The entire Bible is God-breathed and God-inspired. The Old and New Testaments are the norm and guide upon which we base our faith. The Bible is our text and the Holy Spirit ignites our lives through worship and prayer.
The Church is the body of Christ. As His Body, we are called to worship Him, serve Him and be the vehicle through which the Good News is shared with the world.
Lutheran Confessions are part of our DNA. We affirm and identify with the confessions of the Lutheran Church. We affirm the centrality of grace alone, faith alone, and Word alone.
Baptism is more than a sacrament, it's a powerful command we want to uphold. We believe that through the waters of Baptism, God comes to us to adopt us as His children. Through Baptism, God gives the gift of new life. We affirm the baptism of infants and adults.
Communion is a holy sacrament we practice regularly. We believe that through the Lord's Supper, God comes to love us and forgive us. It is a meal of renewal. Jesus is really present in the meal.
Humans have dignity. We believe in the worth and value of every human being. Because they're created in God's image, humans have dignity. Their worth is dependent not on accomplishments, but on God's love. Because God sees humanity as worth dying for, we affirm and acknowledge the dignity of all humans.
Sin separates humanity from God. We believe sin is more than just behavior, it is a condition of the heart that every human faces. We joyfully proclaim the Good News that because of Jesus Christ, forgiveness and freedom are possible. It is that forgiveness that restores fallen humanity's worth.
Jesus will come again, and we anticipate His return. Though we don't know the day or hour, we joyfully proclaim His soon return to inspire all people to make the most of life today.
Pastor Paul has served in ministry leadership for the past 32 years. He currently leads Hope Church and is also faculty in the School of Theology at Grand Canyon University. Early in his career, Paul led a national touring Christian rock band, organized youth leadership training seminars, college and young adult retreats, youth conferences and trained international mission teams.
As Executive and Lead Pastor of Community Church of Joy (1987-2008), Paul helped launch a variety of innovative ventures, including the small group and new member assimilation ministries, the relocation of Joy’s campus, Bison Ranch Retreat Center, Joy Christian School, and the national Church Coach Network.
Paul attended St. Olaf College (music major), and graduated from Metropolitan State University (B.A. with business emphasis) and Luther Theological Seminary (M.Div.). In 2004 he received his Ph.D. in leadership from Capella University, with a certification in non-profit management. His doctoral research focused on the impact of entrepreneurial leadership in sustaining congregational growth and vitality.
Paul loves to travel, hang out with friends, learn new stuff, exercise, and spend time with Carol, his wife of 37 years, and his three children David , Nathan, and April.
Pastor Bill has been serving in church leadership in various forms since 1993 when he accepted the role of Campus Coordinator for the Canterbury Community at Arizona State University. In those years Bill supported various lay ministries varying from college groups to high school youth programs, as well as ecumenical renewal movements throughout Arizona and Southern California. Always aware of God's call in his life, Bill and his family began the journey for ordination in 2008.
Graduating from Arizona State University in 1996 (B.S. in Environmental Resource Sciences), Bill has concurrently served in the church while working as a wildlife biologist throughout Arizona primarily with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He completed his Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary in 2018.
Pastor Bill came to Hope Church in the spring of 2016 in search of an internship that began officially in July of the same year. He quickly recognized that Hope's focus on building and multiplying disciples was exactly the vision for the church that he craved. In 2018, following his ordination, Bill became the permanent Family Pastor.
Bill and Judy (his wife and partner in the Gospel since 1996) enjoy camping, sailing and generally being together. They have two children: Isabella, enrolled at Grand Canyon University; and Billy, a student at Desert Edge High School.
Pastor Corey joined the Hope team in the summer of 2018. He is passionate
about helping people discover a personal relationship with Jesus and how
following His Spirit can transform our everyday lives.
Corey loves spending time with his wife, Danielle, and three wonderful
daughters, Hannah, Shiloah, and Norah. In fifteen years of marriage, they
have shared many adventures pioneering ministries to reach the next
generation in different areas around the country. In addition to his work, he
enjoys hiking, friendships, basketball, movies, coffee, and is on a personal
mission to find the best burrito in Phoenix.
Since coming to know Jesus through Young Life in high school, Corey has
over twenty years of experience in youth and family ministry. He studied
Religion and History at the College of William and Mary where he played
football, led Young Life, and met Danielle (the best part of college). Corey also
earned two Master’s Degrees in Theology and Cross-Cultural Studies from
Fuller Seminary and finished his MDIV from the Master’s Institute, a small
charismatic Lutheran seminary focused on spiritual leadership and
You can follow his family adventures on Instagram @coreypaxton.
Danielle is a native of the Northern Virginia area, growing up just outside of Washington DC in an occasionally Catholic family. She made a serious commitment to Christ when she was 12 years old at a friend’s youth group. Since then, Jesus has been the solid foundation in her life.
She attended college at William and Mary and graduated with 2 degrees and a husband: Elementary Education, Religion and Corey (in that order). Danielle has taught elementary school for 4 years, and worked as the Administrator for the Alliance of Renewal Churches for 4 years where she kept things orderly and helped plan their national conferences and retreats.
She specializes in feeding, clothing and instructing her 3 beautiful and wildly creative daughters. She loves having an organized pantry, teaching and leading people of all ages and sizes, and devising out-of-the-box creative schemes. Mostly an introvert, sometimes an extrovert, Danielle loves curious conversations with new friends. She is thrilled to be serving as the Ministry Catalyst for Hope and plans to catalyze anything and everything that comes her way!