Jesus is ultimately in charge at Hope Community. 

Our leadership (pastor, elders, deacons) team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16).

 

Kelly Mahoney, Pastor

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Kelly Mahoney grew up on a small farm near Kimball, SD.  He is the youngest of 6 children.  He graduated from Kimball High School in 1990, and graduated from college with his undergrad from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD in 1996.  During his time in college, God got a hold of his life, and he trusted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in 1992.  Upon entrusting his life to Him, Kelly’s life dreams of building things as a mechanical engineer turned into a calling to build people instead.  He was very involved in Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) including doing an internship on staff with them at the end of college.  He then attended Tentmakers Youth Ministry training, and was a youth director in Williston, ND from September 1996 to Summer 1998.  He also served at New Life Evangelical Free Church in Watertown, SD as a youth pastor from 1998-2005.  At this time, he felt the Lord’s leading to attend seminary, and went to Liberty Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, VA—graduating in 2008 with a Masters of Divinity.  Before coming to Hope, Kelly served at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fargo, ND working with small groups and discipleship.  He came to us at Hope Community Church in March of 2010 as an associate pastor of small groups and discipleship.  He has a very strong passion to help people “walk close enough to God to hear his voice, but close enough to others to have a redemptive influence in their lives for God”.  He believes that an average Christian can help others to grow in Christ by creating an environment of prayer, loving relationships, and the seeking the Word of God together through leading a small groups.

Pastor Kelly met his wife, Cheryl, while at college. They married in 1999, and have 3 boys and 1 girl.

Galatians 2:20-21

20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.  21 “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes

through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”

2 Corinthians 5:13-15

13 If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.  14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.  15
And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
 
Carlyn Cole, Pastor
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Pastor Carlyn Cole grew up on a crop and livestock farm in south central Minnesota where he graduated from Delavan High School in 1984.  He earned a degree in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University in 1988.  After college he taught high school agriculture in Iowa for two years before marrying Jami (also a Minnesota girl and Iowa State graduate) and going to Dallas to earn a Master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Ministry.  Initial plans of overseas missions work were redirected due to family health issues and instead the next years were spent managing the family farm.  Carlyn and family were called to a church planting effort in Sauk Centre in 2003 with the Evangelical Free Church.  He was called to a part time ministry of Outreach and Discipleship at Hope Community Church in September 2016. 

Carlyn likes to read, ride his road bike, and continues to farm part time, while Jami is an Early Childhood Special Education teacher.  Carlyn and Jami have three adult children.

 

 

Randy Ihnen, Elder

Randy was born and raised right here in Pope County. He graduated from Glenwood High School in 1980. He attended Alexandria Technical College where he graduated from the Farm Equipment Mechanics course in 1982. He spent the next two years working as a mechanic and a truck driver. He joined the family farm operation in 1984 with his father. He now owns and operates the family farm southeast of Lowry. Randy married his wife Patti in 1986. They have been blessed with 3 children, 2 son-in-laws and 2 grandchildren.

 

Neil Haynes, elder

 
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In August 1956 Neil was born in Southern California  From there he moved to Colorado and graduated from high school in Wisconsin.  He was born spiritually while attending college in California in 1975.  The Gideon New Testament he received on the Berkeley campus during Christmas break directed him to a major lifestyle change.  This resulted in him spending the next 10 years living in two different Christian communities in California and Minnesota. 

He married Toni in 1980 and they had four children.  They moved to Glenwood in 1987 where Neil started a window cleaning business.  He enjoys being involved in Hope Community Church and serves in a variety of roles.  He is also an avid gardener.

Paul Vichich, Elder

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Paul and his wife, Vera, moved from Bloomington to Starbuck in 1993They purchased a hobby farm south of Starbuck where currently they reside. They have 3 adult children, a son-in law,  daughter-in-law and one grandchild. Paul is an avid sportsman, outdoorsman, and tradesman.  He currently works part-time at Douglas Machine.  Paul and Vera have been active in serving at the Starbuck site for many years.  Paul has lead several small groups, prepared communion devotions, assisted with offering, and helped maintain the Starbuck building.

 

 

Vickie Anderson, Administrative Assistant

Vickie Anderson started as part-time Administrative Assistant on December 19, 2011.  She and her husband, Randy, have been involved with Hope since the beginning.  Vickie has volunteered in Children’s Ministries, Small Group Ministries, and Building Maintenance.  She is also a home-school mom and helps manage the 90 cow/calf herd that they own.  Vickie graduated from the University of MN, Twin Cities and married Randy in 1987.  They have been blessed with 3 children.

 

 

Caitlyn Jorgenson, Worship Ministry Assistant

Caitlyn was born in Manitoba, Canada, the only daughter in a set of 6 children. She moved to the U.S. with her family when her father was called to preach at a small church in central Minnesota. Caitlyn has been involved with church ministries ever since she attended a praise team practice with her parents in early elementary school and told her parents she’d much rather sing with them than play hopscotch. Since then, she has grown a deep desire to serve the Lord through children’s ministries, youth group, and praise teams. Now as Worship Ministry Assistant for Hope Community Church she is responsible for scheduling and coordinating worship volunteers and the newsletter. She is actively involved in the worship team and loves to serve the body of Christ through music. In the fall of 2010 Caitlyn was blessed to be married to her best friend Zach and the blessings continued when their little girls, McKenna and Hadely,  arrived.

 

Leadership Team:

The Leadership Team (pastors and elders) at Hope Community Church meet monthly for prayer and devotions and is under the guidance of Pastor Kelly and Randy Ihnen as the Church Chairman.

If you have a prayer need, please let us know and we’ll be sure to spend time in prayer.

.  They assist in any decisions that need to be made regarding facility use, finances, staffing and ministry needs.