JOSHUA HAMRICK

I grew up on a farm by Everly Iowa and went to the CC-E school. I have always enjoyed the the great outdoors hunting, fishing and playing in the snow! I was married to my wife Krista in 2006. Krista and I have 3 kids Treyton, Javen, and Anna. Krista begged me to go to church with her and the kids for years, but I would never go with her. In 2013 she finally got me to go. I remember the preacher kept telling us not to take his word for it but to read our bibles for ourselves.

So after listening to that for a few weeks I took some of our bill money and bought two bibles one for me and one for my wife. I had never even opened one before and could not put mine down. God was truly speaking to me! On March 3rd 2014 I was baptized and knew that day I wanted a new life in Christ Jesus and try to live every day for Him. On August 4th, 2017 my daughter and I were in an accident. She went to her heavenly home to be with God, the one who gave her to me and the Father of us all. She truly loved Jesus. She had a very special relationship with him. In that, God has led me to Hope Church, I have come to serve God and his people. I want to share his love with people and watch him change their life as he teaches all of us to trust in him more and more every day. Trust that God is above all things, made all things, to him be all THE glory, all honor, and all praise!

    AUSTIN BRYAN

    Worship Intern/Youth Intern

    I was born and raised in Spencer Iowa and grew up attending Hope Reformed Church my whole life. If you are wondering, you will often see me wearing red because I am a huge Iowa State fan. My life plan after High School was to become a politician within the Iowa Government. My plans quickly changed as I decided to not finish my fall semester in 2021 at Iowa State and pursue youth ministry. In my free time I enjoy being involved with music ministry, soccer and disc golf. My life verse is Luke 10:2 “He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the LORD of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

      JULIA ANDELA

      Director of Children and Family Ministries

        JAY VAN GELDER

        Pastor of Student Ministries

        I was born and raised in Orange City, Iowa.  The plan for my life was to be a hog farmer, but God had bigger plans.  He called me into youth ministry in 1996.  I have been enjoying being the Youth Pastor at Hope Church since 2008. My lovely wife, Shantel, and I have been blessed with two wonderful daughters, Shayler and Kamdyn. As a family we enjoy swimming and showing cattle.

        My life mission statement is to be an “Influencer for Jesus Christ”.  I believe in building positive and life long relationships with others.  I love to encourage and inspire young people to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to walk humbly with them as they discover and grow in their “Next Steps” in their faith journey.

        My life verse I love is found in Ephesians 3:20. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work, within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”