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.
Derel was born and raised in West Michigan, but has spent most of the last decade out West – living in Arizona and then Washington. He has called the Pacific Northwest home since 2013, and currently works in public health. In his free time he enjoys running, reading, spending time with his wife and son, and any outdoor activity that involves a backpack and boots. At Hope, he helps organize the morning coffee and other church functions. Derel currently lives in Vancouver, WA with his family.
Nate is originally from Michigan (where he met his wife Sarah), and is one of nine children. After spending four years in Eugene, OR, and five years in Lake Charles, LA, Nate and Sarah settled in the Portland area in 2013. Nate is currently a Quality Manager for a helicopter company in Aurora, OR, a dad to two boys, and a foster dad to countless others. He and Sarah host a weekly home group at their house in Milwaukie, and love sharing good food, drink, and conversation with whomever they find at their table.