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I grew up in Indiana, went to school in California and Ohio with a three month adventure in Europe in between before marrying my high school sweetheart Liz and moving to North Carolina to begin our life together. With a B.A. and M.A. in Religious Studies but not called to ministry, I ended up working for the Boy Scouts of America as a District Executive. Scouting brought our family to Michigan in 2012 and we became members of Hope in 2014 after searching for a church community that fosters friendship, service to others, and promotes an inclusive worldview.
Liz and I have two boys, Liam (6) and Auggie (almost 4), and a labradoodle named Annie. I now work as a Marketing Underwriter for Amerisure Insurance and Liz is a full time mom and homeschooler. I enjoy playing any kind of sport (especially ping pong, basketball, and golf), winning, searching for petoskey stones at the beach in Elk Rapids, beer, and almost any conversation about the meaning of life, nature of God, or football (in no particular order of course).
I believe in the fundamental worth of all human beings, that life is good and love is better, that God is more about questions than answers, and that we should act to make the world a better place.
Most Embarrassing Moment: The first time I ever downhill skied was with Liz and her family (lifelong skiers) when we were first dating. I decided to show off with a jump off a very small mogul and landed on my face resulting in a black eye and broken glasses!
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 John 3:18- "Let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth."
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My name is Sarah Tucker. I have been a member of Hope for 19 years. I work in PR, communications and outreach at St. Clair County Community Mental Health. After attending Northern Michigan University, I completed a year of service with Lutheran Volunteer Corps. My husband Colin and I were married in November of last year and we spend our free time traveling the Midwest with Colin's Rugby Team, renovating our 1930's home, and with our rescue dog Abby.
Most Embarrassing Moment: Literally don't have one, and not because I don't embarrass easily, but because I do. Everything is embarrassing; life is embarrassing.
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 5:3-5
Born and raised in Detroit, I moved to Novi in 1981 and joined the Novi Fire Department. On October 9th, 1982 I met my awesome wife Cindy on a blind date. During her High School break in December, I proposed and we were married on March 25th, 1983. We have three children, Wallace A. Bishop III, Kyle F. Bishop, and Brittany Caron. We also have two grandsons, Liam W. and Theodore E. Caron. My Firefighting career spanned from 1981 thru 2005. My duties were LT. Firefighter/Medic and state certified fire instructor. In 1990 I was privileged to receive the Firefighter of the Year Award from the Novi Jaycees. After leaving the department wanting to continue to serve the community, I joined the United States Civil Air Patrol as my daughter was the Cadet Commander and I served as Deputy Squadron Commander of the Sixth Gate Squadron in Novi for approximately 5 years. Currently Cindy and I are still residents of Novi and I am employed as Plant Manger for a leading Machine Tool Company Reinhart Industries.
Most Embarrassing Moment: I will only say that I was young and it was alcohol induced.
Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 25: 35-40 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? “The King will reply”, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
I’m a born and raised Michigander. I grew up in Saline and after a bit of travel and moving around for college, I eventually settled in Farmington Hills with my husband, Doug. We’ve been members of Hope for 17 years. We have two children, Ashley & Zach, who are both currently in high school. We are very active with their schools, sports and of course, here at Hope. If you don’t see us at church then we are probably either at a hockey rink, pool, gym, or outside on the slopes or riding our bikes.
I worked in the banking industry for about 15 years, but currently work for an automotive supplier in finance and controlling. I love to vacation with my family, always visiting new places. I’m that annoying Mom that takes TONS of pictures. Let them complain, I know they love the scrapbooks I make later!
Most Embarrassing Moment: Rushed my inconsolable baby Ashley to the doctor’s office and begged them to fit me into an appointment. Called Doug to meet me all worried about what could possibly be wrong! Upon waiting over an hour to see the doctor, Doug discovered Ashley’s shoe was pinching her foot! (Ok, can I please blame the daycare for this one?)
Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for well-being, and not for calamity, in order to give you a future and a hope."
I was born in a tiny town in 'the thumb' of MI, but I grew up in Hong Kong, where my parents were Lutheran schoolteachers for over 20 years. I moved back to MI for college. On an excursion over the border to Canada, I met my husband. We were married in 1997 and have 2 teenage daughters. I work full-time as a K-8 teacher's aide and hope to complete my post-bachelor teacher's certification as soon as I can rustle up extra hours in the day!
Most Embarrassing Moment: My most embarrassing moment actually took place at Hope when I was asked to write and present an Advent reflection on what Mary "pondered in her heart." Being 8 months pregnant myself, I melted into an emotional mess at the lectern. Those poor listeners never saw that hormonal train wreck approaching! I keep that 17 year old reflection to ponder how much more overwhelmed Mary must have been.
Favorite Bible verse: Lamentations 3:22-24:"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
I was born and raised in Michigan and have been in Metro Detroit since 2001. I have a BA from MSU, Master’s from EMU, and Ph.D. from MSU. Currently, I serve as the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where I’ve worked since 2003. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband and amazing partner Evan since 2013, and we are proud parents to a beautiful little boy named Ethan.
Most Embarrassing Moment: I was at a job interview and had my legs crossed. During the interview my foot fell asleep, though I didn’t realize it. At the end, I got up to shake the interviewer’s hand but lost my footing and immediately careened backwards into a chair with wheels which then rolled (crashed, really) into the wall behind me. Embarrassed, I apologized and tried to make a quick exit but fell flat on my face two steps later. Needless to say, I didn’t get a call back for that job.
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 12:15-18 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”
I decided to ask my children to help me with my bio. Korrine (age 7) said that I am a mom, I have two kids (pointing at herself and her little brother Dalton (age 4)) and I have a wife. I also work hard with numbers in downtown Detroit, love to watch my kids play sports, and really enjoy family time, especially with our new camper. Dalton said that I love him, sissy, and Matka “berry” much. I think they did a pretty good job with the above. Additional insight to me, I grew up in Toledo, OH, earned a BS in Accounting from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and then moved to the Detroit area after graduation while working at a large public accounting firm. Dawn (my wife and the kids “Matka”) and I met in 2000 playing recreation league basketball, 7 years later we had our “wedding” and this year we are celebrating our 11th anniversary. We are blessed to have our two kids, with a couple more angels in heaven watching over us which is why one of my mottos is: “God never gives one more than they can handle.”
Most Embarrassing Moment: Too many too list, some involve tripping over an invisible stone, using the wrong word in context during a work conference call, and forgetting someone’s name, over and over again.
Favorite Bible Verse: At the moment, Heb 11:1 – Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Hello! About me? Well, how about we do this in sound bites (feel free to ask questions later): born in California, raised in Minnesota/N. Dakota by my mom, B.A. in Music from Concordia College, MN, seminary both at Wartburg Theological in Iowa and Luther in Minnesota earning my M.Div., served as Youth Pastor in Las Vegas, NV, thanks to my buddy Mike I played a bit with The Second City Comedy Club, a professor at Waldorf College, a mission Pastor in Wisconsin and now here at Hope in Michigan, currently doctoral work at George Fox. I play a few instruments (started the violin in 1st grade) and played guitar in a band or two, been to 15 countries, husband to Brenda, father to my three AWESOME girls…questions?
Most Embarrassing Moment: 1st job leading a staff activity, I’m in the middle of a circle of 20 church staff people…and fog horn went off (gas)….oh my
Verse: Matthew 5:44 “…love your enemies…” - I believe the gospel really IS that radical!