Who We Are

 

Rev. Brad Peterson

Sr. Pastor

 

About Brad:

What are your pastimes?
I really like working with my hands, especially building with wood and renovating my house. If I can build it I will come.
 
What is your favorite book?
John Piper’s “Christian Hedonism” I love this book because it reminds me to not settle. My passions for Christ need to be greater than they are and that is actually what God wants. Christianity isn’t meant to be stuffy or rigid. There is a sense that we are not selfish enough in our world and that is why we aren’t desiring God as much as we should.
 
What do you think is the best part of Hope?
The servant mindset that exists here. People are willing to roll up their sleeves and “get ‘er done.”
 
Describe your family life in one word:
Weird
 
What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?
Philippians. Always loved it. I think it is practical and calls us to be serving others while being content in Christ.
 
 
 
Dan Saimieri Fall 3

Dan Saimeri

Elder

 

About Dan:

What are your pastimes?
Family time, antique car shows, motorcycles.
 
What do you think is the best part of Hope?
The people and their passion for Christ.
 
Describe your family life in one word:
Close
 
What’s your favorite book of the Bible and why?
Daniel, because he was never willing to compromise his beliefs and I like the name 🙂
 
Which characteristic of Christ do you admire most and why?
His love for all, because if we could all love the way Christ does the world would live in complete peace.
 
 
 
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Chris Hamilton

Elder

 

About Chris:

What are your pastimes?
Family activities, golf, watching the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Orioles on TV, reading
 
What is your favorite book? 
I don’t really have a favorite individual book, although some of my favorite authors are CS Lewis, Isaac Asimov, and Orson Scott Card.  I like them partly because they write in the genres that I enjoy (science fiction and fantasy), but also because I find the content of their books extremely original and smart.
 
What do you think is the best part of Hope?
The best part of our church is that it is the first church I’ve ever attended where I felt like family.
 
Which characteristic of Christ do you admire the most and why?
 All of Christ’s characteristics are admirable, but the one that always stands out to me is denial of self.  He understood who he was and why he was on Earth.  Yet, he washed the feet of others, and accepted the most humbling and despicable death to provide salvation to an unworthy and largely ungrateful group of people (humanity).
 
 
 

Eric Welch

Elder

 

About Eric:

What are your pastimes?
Reading
 
What do you think is the best part of Hope?
God’s work in us. He’s brought us into relationship with Him through Jesus, and He’s working in us. It’s awesome to see Jesus reflected in the lives of people around you in church.
 
What is your favorite book and why?
The Lord of the Rings has always been my favorite. A lot has been said about the sense of the numinous in Tolkien’s writing, and I think it was this that grabbed my attention first as a fifth grader, and many times since. Though he doesn’t write about heaven as a theological topic in his fiction, I feel like his books give the best sense of what it might be like of anything I’ve ever read. (And I dislike the movies because, among other reasons, they don’t – can’t? – capture this.)
 
Describe your family life in one word:
Hungry (we have 2 teenage boys)
 
What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?
1 Peter because it’s the one I’m studying right now with my small group! It’s so exciting to learn more about God, to be challenged to grow in conformity to His Son. His Word is such a great gift, and so is His Spirit’s work in us to help us understand, appreciate, and obey it.
 
Which characteristic of Christ do you admire the most?
His grace. I deserve hell, and instead I get forgiveness, adoption into god’s family, eternal life.
 
 
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Lou Kochanek

Director of Worship & The Arts

 

About Lou:

What are your pastimes?
Reading, listening to music, going to the beach, Facebook
 
What do you think is the best part of Hope?
People called to serve or lead a ministry are encouraged to take the reins and go for it!
 
Describe your family life in one word:
Unpredictable
 
What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?
There are many favorites, but one of my all time favorites is Exodus because it chronicles God’s power and provision to his people. It helps me to remember everything God has done for me through Christ.
 
Which characteristic of Christ do you admire the most?
His humanity. Although He is fully God, Jesus is also fully human who understands what all that means. Philippians 2:5-7