Tech & Music
DIRECTOR OF CREATIVE ARTS
TECH & MUSIC TEAM
Seth grew up attending the Wooster Grace Brethren Church. During a particular sermon, Seth connected with the truth of the Gospel and decided to follow Jesus. He is thankful for the people in that church who helped him learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
Seth first heard about Community of Hope through his connections with Grace College. When he and his wife, Erin, decided to settle down in Indiana, Community of Hope became his church family. Seth serves with the worship and tech teams, and occasionally preaches and teaches. He also leads the strategic planning team.
Seth is passionate about encouraging leaders and seeing people grow, and step into leadership. Seth lives with his wonderful wife, Erin, and his two amazing girls, Hailey and Campbell.
Contact Seth at sethanash @ gmail.com
DIRECTOR OF KID'S COMMUNITY
Tom grew up in a home that was spiritual, but not religious. His only exposure to the Christian church was when his Grandparents would occasionally take him and his sister. Through much of middle and high school, he could sense God, and would often pray before bed - usually for really important things like his girlfriend not breaking up with him ;). At the beginning of college, his Dad passed away. He was hurt and felt angry with God, and didn't talk to Him for years. Then he started dating his now wife. Amy was very transparent about her faith, and he could see something different in her. Eventually, he decided that he wanted that difference to be in himself, too. Right after graduating college, he was visiting a friend's family in Georgia. They ended up going to church while he was there. At one point the pastor asked everyone to close their eyes, and if anyone wanted to accept Christ into their heart to stand up. He couldn't help himself! He stood up and immediately felt filled by a warmth that must have been the Holy Spirit. It was awesome :).
Tom and Amy moved here during the summer of 2011. They started looking for a church, tried one that wasn't a good fit, and then gave Community of Hope a try. They immediately felt so welcomed by everyone they met. It felt like home...and still does!
Tom's passions lie in the areas of Creation Care (environmental stewardship), education, and social justice. One of his favorite ways to serve is on the Farmers Market team because it really combines all three! There, they are supporting local, organic farmers, sharing information about healthy eating with the market customers, and helping folks use their SNAP and WIC benefits to get lots of yummy, healthy food.
Tom has been married to his best friend since August 14, 2010. Amy and Tom have helped each other grow in so many wonderful, beautiful ways. After moving here, they adopted an amazing dog named Lexie, who earns her keep by chasing rabbits away from their garden. On March 31, 2016 their lives changed in the most incredible way as they welcomed their daughter, Felicity, into the world. They are blessed and thankful beyond words!
Contact Tom at tchartzell @ goshen.edu or (814)-404-7901.
Tonya decided to follow Jesus during Sunday School when she was seven. Her personal relationship with Christ grew and deepened during her teen years, as she had the opportunity to serve the Lord through missions and to rub shoulders with many godly adults who invested in her. While attending Grace College, Tonya was invited to visit Community of Hope by friends, and has been attending ever since!
Tonya has 5 years of experience as an elementary school teacher and is passionate about children. God has used her family's journey to break her heart for vulnerable children in the world. She has a deep passion to see hurting children find hope and healing and orphaned children become treasured sons and daughters.
Tonya would describe her family as "full of spunk, adventure, and a healthy sprinkling of chaos". Tonya is married to the lead pastor, Jeremy, and they have been married since 2004. God has blessed them with four children: Emma, Isaiah, Hudson, and Evie.
Contact Tonya at tonya.wike @ gmail.com or (260)229-7600.
3–4 Year Olds
Jeni grew up in a Christian home attending Good Shepherd United Brethern in Huntington all of my childhood. She gave her life to Jesus and was baptized when in 4th grade. After college she got a job as a classroom teacher in Columbia City and began looking for a church home. After meeting her husband Wes, who already loved and attended Community of Hope, it became her church family as well. Already being a teacher and having a love for children and their growth, it was a natural fit to get involved with the Children's ministry team. Jeni enjoys watching the kids' knowledge grow and their relationships with each other flourish. She love being a part of the Community of Hope family!
5-6 YEAR OLDS
Erin came to know Jesus at a young age with the help of her parents. She has been attending Community of Hope with her husband, Seth, since 2004.
Erin coordinates the 5 year-old through kindergarten class and loves spending her Sunday mornings acting silly with the little ones. She is passionate about seeing families serve together, fostering friendships within the church community, and helping women connect and refresh.
Erin has two energetic daughters.
Contact Erin at nash.erin @ gmail.com or 574.527.7477
2nd – 5th Grade
Mindy began her walk with Christ when she was 5 years old. She remembers praying with her mother and inviting Jesus into her life. When she was in 8th grade, she began taking steps forward in her faith journey through her daily devotions with her mother and through attending youth conferences.
Mindy began attending Community of Hope during her freshmen year at Grace College. She immediately found a place serving with the kids’ ministry. She is passionate about building relationships with students and seeing them grow in their faith, as well as witnessing the excitement that the love of Jesus can bring in their lives.
Mindy and her husband, Patrick, have three children. They enjoy spending time outdoors and playing games together.
Contact Mindy at bloominp @ yahoo.com
Connect Youth Ministries
Johnson & Jessica Estep
Connect Youth Ministry Leader
John grew up in a Christian home in a good Christian atmosphere. He spent a portion of his years involved in the Awana ministries at his church. John started attending community of Hope in 2007, where he met his beautiful wife, Jessie. John and Jessie began plugging in with the Youth Group and are the leaders of Connect Youth ministries today.
He is passionate about developing an authentic experience in the lives of the future leaders of the church. John lives in South Whitley with his wife, Jesse, and his almost 2 year old.
Contact John at john_estep @ hotmail.com or 260.610.1669
Jessica was raised in a Christian home and began following Jesus at the age of 9 while attending summer camp. Through the years, camp became a place of growth in her walk with Jesus. During her time at camp, she began attending Community of Hope and continued attending all throughout her time at Grace College.
She helps lead Connect Youth Group for middle and high school students at Community of Hope. She is passionate about making lasting followers of Christ. She is grateful for the people who poured into her life when she was younger, and I wants to see the same for students. She and her husband, John, met at Community of Hope.
Jessica and her husband live in South Whitley with their son, Alastair.
Contact Jessie at mizkitty6 @ yahoo.com or 260-229-4399