The diaconate bring mercy to people and care for property. They collect and distribute gifts of the people and equip them to do kingdom work.
Ben was born and raised in the Grand Copper State, Arizona, just outside of Phoenix (viz. Fountain Hills, home of the world's once tallest fountain) and came to Portland in 2004 to study the Bible at Multnomah University. Following the Lord's guidance, Ben feels a clear calling and direction at Hope and feels he has been truly blessed by the community for the last five years. He is excited to see the work of Christ in restoring his people and establishing his kingdom to his glory and our joy!
Kristin grew up in sunny San Diego. After spending over a decade bouncing between the east and west coasts for various schooling and training she's made Portland her home. She currently works as a Biblical Counselor and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities - hiking, kayaking, and finding her favorite foodcarts. Kristin gets most excited about any moment that involves a cup of coffee and a good conversation. She is passionate about serving the church and bringing people in that with her.
Dan Waineo lives in SE Portland and has been married to Vicki for ten years. They have a son Jack and daughter Lily. Dan often plays bass guitar for the worship service at Hope. Dan grew up in southern California and is working as an engineer that designs renewable energy projects.
Megan Wright grew up on the East Coast and calls Boston home. After earning her M.Ed. in counseling, she worked as a middle school counselor for a decade until moving to Portland in 2012 with her husband Charles. She now looks forward to being a mom and pursuing her doctorate in neuroeducation. They live in NE with their dog Barnaby and expect their first child in July.