Leadership Following Jesus, leading the church

Elder team Living Hope is led by a team of elders. The Elder Team is led by the Pastor.

Ron Ressler

Ron serves as the Pastor at Living Hope. Ron and his wife Molly have been a part of the Living Hope family since the church was planted in 1998. After serving in various leadership roles, Ron was asked to serve in the Senior Pastor role, and has done so since 2005.

Prior to accepting this role, Ron worked as a designer in the Fire Sprinkler industry. Ron is a caring shepherd and an effective leader, believing and walking in team leadership in every aspect of his ministry. He desires to see everyone he shepherds walk into the fullness of their created purpose. Ron both encourages and identifies the unique gifts of individuals and seeks opportunities for them to be used to benefit others, both within and outside of Living Hope. Ron has a heart for the local community and desires to see the people and facility of Living Hope be a valuable resource for the surrounding neighborhood. Molly also shares this shepherding role and is involved in Life Group leadership as well as children’s and women’s ministry. Ron & Molly have been married since 1984 and have two children.

Jay Peifer

Jay has served in the elder role since 2009. Jay and his wife Sharon have also been a part of the Living Hope Family since the church was planted in 1998. They have ministered to many at Living Hope through their encouragement and intercession. Jay has proven himself as a valuable counselor and advisor, especially in the realm of business and marketplace ministry. He and Sharon have been married since 1971 and have five children.

Richard Reed

Richard began serving on the Elder Team in 2013. Richard and his wife Carla have been a part of the Living Hope family since 2008. Richard is a very caring and pastoral person. Many have been blessed by shepherding/pastoral care received from Richard and Carla. They have been married since 1984 and have three children.

Kevin Wenger

Kevin began serving on the Elder Team in 2013. Kevin and his wife Glenda have been part of the Living Hope family since 2001. He and Glenda have faithfully served in small group leadership and children’s ministry. Kevin is an encourager and a valuable consultant in matters of finance and business. Kevin and Glenda have been married since 1993 and have three children.

Christopher Peters

Christopher began serving on the Elder Team in 2013. Christopher and his wife Mary Grace have been a part of the Living Hope family since 2011. Christopher is an energetic young leader with a heart for incarnational mission and discipleship. He and Mary Grace have served in the children's ministry, in small group leadership, and on the worship team. They have been married since 2002 and have 3 children.

Youth ministry

Mike & Claudia Richard

Mike and Claudia began serving at Living Hope in 2013. Mike is a bold and energetic leader, calling the youth to a serious commitment to Jesus and to break free from the many distractions that surround them. Mike and Claudia have a passion for evangelism and for serving the youth inside and outside of the church. Mike is originally from Rochester, NY and Claudia from Santiago, Chile.

Worship ministry

Jason & Katrina Hildebrand and Jeremy Horst

This group is the foundation and backbone of the worship ministry, serving in leadership as well as training other leaders. As a worship team, they endeavor to keep the focus on the Father, give glory to His Son, and to bring their praises through the leading of the Spirit. They view the congregation as the most important part of the worship team and exist to encourage God’s people to praise Him with all their heart, mind, and soul.

Children's ministry

Carol Esch

Our children’s ministry is led by Carol Esch. God has given Carol a vision to minister to our kids in a holistic way – providing a balance of both “head knowledge” of God and His Word, as well as “heart knowledge” of their identity as beloved sons and daughters of their heavenly Father. She believes that God has called her and our many children’s ministers to disciple, equip and release our kids to impact the world for Christ - not some day, but today! As children realize their true worth and are willing to be used by God even at a young age, they can have a life changing effect on their family, friends and classmates.