Don is excited about the future of Hope Community Church. He and his wife Barb have four children: Kevin, JT, Kenneth, and Melinda. Both Don and Barb share a passion for teaching, discipleship, orphan care, and missions.
Don grew up in Southern California and began working in full-time vocational ministry in 2000 at Victorious Christian Living International. He served as Assistant Director and Director of Intensive Discipleship, specializing in discipleship and counseling ministry. From 2004 to 2015 he served as lead pastor at two churches in Illinois.
His vision for the church is to be a people that reach out across the generations with the love of Christ and the hope of the Gospel.
Don's hobbies include coaching track and field, traveling, and making great salsa.
Children and Youth Director
Leanne has lived in Florida all her life. She grew up in the Winter Garden/Apopka area, but she moved to Wildwood in the summer of 2002.
Leanne was brought up in church; but, as a teenager and young adult, she struggled with her parents's religion. On July 3, 2002, Leanne gave her life to God through His Son, Jesus Christ. This started the most important relationship of her life. Since then, it has been one amazing adventure after another.
Leanne is very mission-hearted. She has gone on several national mission trips and one international mission trip to Arusia, Tanzania. Leanne also enjoys discipleship, teaching, and learning more about God. Leanne's hobbies include reading, outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing, and traveling to see new places.
Church Administrator/First Impressions Director
Barb is Pastor Don's wife and a homeschool mom. She made the decision to follow Jesus in her early 20's and has served alongside her husband in various capacities for almost 20 years. Barb's passion is teaching and discipling ladies. In addition to ministering to ladies, she serves at Hope Community Church in multiple roles. Pastor Don says Barb's the reason things run smoothly on Sunday morning.
Barb loves spending time with her family, whether they are riding in the car headed to one of many track meets or playing games together. Her hobbies include reading, walking, taking photos, and exploring Florida, especially the beaches.