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.







Jennifer and Her Family

Jennifer’s life was turned upside down when her husband Monty suffered a 4-year, grueling battle with cancer, which eventually took his life. The whole family has reeled from this battle and loss of their father and husband. “Life felt hopeless and each day too painful to endure,” Jennifer said. “My prayer has been for my family not to be destroyed. And my kids not to lose hope. Because it was a very hopeless time for all of us.” Earlier this year, Zach invited her 22-year old son Shane to Hope’s new home. After hanging out at Hope for a few weeks, he said to his mom, “I love this church! I feel so connected. Mom, you have to try this church!” Jennifer says, “I wasn’t looking for a church, but when we came on Easter, it was very impactful. I felt like this place was for all of us. For the first time in a very long time, our whole family— Shane, Mandie, and Olivia— all felt the same.” Week by week the family of Hope reached out to Jennifer and her family. Bev offered vocal lessons to Mandie who then found her voice in Hope’s worship team—an avenue of healing and hope for her. “My parents came to Hope just to be supportive to me and my kids. Now, they have been so blessed by how the Spirit is moving, that they won’t miss Sundays! And my daughter Olivia is helping in the nursery, that’s her connection.” Jennifer says, “Everything I’ve been praying for has been put together like puzzle pieces. I needed a place with no judgment, and the women in Bev and Janay’s women’s group have been just that for me—so accepting. They have prayed for me like no one has ever prayed for me.” Recently, Jennifer joined the “Healing From Loss” class on Tuesday nights, which she says, “Might be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but so incredibly helpful! I want to tell everyone I’ve ever met, ‘Try it!.’ It was like God handpicked this class for me, when I needed it so much.”

Eva’s Story

Shy and sweet 7-year-old Eva has been coming to Hope with her dad, Bryan, for a few months now. A few weeks ago, while using white boards to engage in the story of Noah’s ark, we discovered that she is a wonderful artist! Working through the story of Noah, Danielle asked the children to draw or write on their white boards where they would like to be in the story. Eva stole the show with her hilarious illustration of a huge, fat sheep and a teeny tiny sheep, with her right under the rainbow and next to the ark. Eva beamed as everyone praised her work and asked if she would like to come up front and explain her drawing to the group. She enthusiastically agreed and proceeded to say more out loud that moment than we had ever heard from her! It’s been a happy place of belonging for her and for other children in our Hope Family. We hope Eva’s story speaks volumes to you about the joy that Jesus takes in his beautiful children – and how your continued support of Hope makes that possible!





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.




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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.

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Aaron joined the Hope team in 2018 as an Intern and is now our leading the Youth Ministry. Aaron was born and raised in Texas and came to know Jesus in high school. Since then, he desires to serve Him in every area of his life. This desire led him to Eternity Bible College in California, where he met his wife Alyssa. He is currently completing his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. 

Over the past seven years, Aaron has either had involvement in or led various student ministries. He has a heart to serve students and families in Phoenix while helping them understand God’s love for them and their new identity in Christ.

Aaron and his wife Alyssa were married in 2015 and are parents to an orange tabby cat named Figaro. In their free time they enjoy hiking, exploring new places, watching movies, and reading. Aaron is also passionate about video games and the gaming community. He enjoys coffee and works part-time at Starbucks.

Aaron is looking forward to getting to doing life with the students and families at Hope Church!


Josh James joined the team at Hope in June 2019. He is from Phoenix, AZ and graduated with a B.S. in Christian Studies from Grand Canyon University in 2017.

Josh has been leading worship in the valley for over ten years. Passionate about bringing generations together in worship, Josh helped start the Likewise Worship Collective in 2016. Through this ministry, he develops and mentors other worship leaders across the Southwest.

He loves playing, watching, and talking sports, reading, any type of game, and doing new things. Above all, Josh loves Jesus and is excited to join the Hope family on a mission with his sweet fiancé, Brynne!

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Brittany joined the Hope team during the summer of 2019. She is passionate about creating a community for others to be loved through intentional relationships.

She recently graduated in April 2019 from Grand Canyon University with a B.S. in Marketing and a minor in Professional Writing. In addition to keeping things orderly at Hope, she also works as a barista at Elevate Coffee Company.

For the past five years, Brittany has led Wyldlife at Norterra Canyon middle school. Her involvement in Young Life has strengthened her relationship with Jesus and has shown her the life-changing power of relational ministry. Her involvement in Young Life also introduced her to another very special relationship: the one with her fiancé, Michael Sawyer. 

Brittany enjoys writing, reading, spending time with friends & family, and traveling. She is thrilled to be serving the Hope family as the Communications & Office Manager and would love to answer any and every question you may have at!

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Austin is a Phoenix native and graduated from Centennial High School in 2014. Austin has been attending Hope Church since middle school and has watched Hope grow over the years. He was actively involved in the youth group through high school which is what led him to begin living in relationship with Jesus Christ.

He graduated from Arizona Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Christian Ministry and a minor in Biblical Studies. He was also a colligate athlete for 4 years at ACU.

Austin reaches high school students through a ministry called Young Life and has been leading at Sandra Day O'Connor High School for the past few years. In addition to his intern position at Hope, Austin is a football coach for O’Connor.

Austin is passionate about being in the world of teenagers and sharing life with them, whether that is by introducing them to Jesus or playing video games. In addition to hanging out with his high school friends, Austin is an extreme extrovert who enjoys connecting with friends, forming new relationships, watching movies, eating great food, going on adventures, and doing all things fun and exciting.


Sue has served in ministry for over 20 years, working with children and families. She has led everything from VBS, Summer Camps, Mission Outreaches and Family Fun Events. Raising teams and leaders, training teachers and teaching Parenting Classes are just a glimpse of her years in ministry.

Sue is an Early Childhood Specialist and received her degree in Child Development. After teaching a few years, she felt the call to go into full time ministry and returned to Bible College to become an Ordained Pastor.

Sue married her best friend Mark and they will celebrate 40 years of marriage next June. Mark and Sue raised 2 great children, who they are so proud of, and they are grandparents of 8. Sue enjoys spending time with her grandkids and making memories together!

She looks forward to serving the children and families of Hope Church and thanks God for this new adventure!