Kirk Erven

I was born in Columbus, Ohio and lived in Wisconsin and Brazil before moving back to Columbus.  After studying Metallurgical Engineering at Ohio State, I worked at The Timken Company in Canton, Ohio.  I spent two years in school in Golden, Colorado and then returned to Timken.  Since 1993, I’ve worked for Worthington Industries in the steel processing division.  I lived in Columbus from 1993 until 2001 when I moved to Michigan.  I have three wonderful children – Isaiah (high school), Elijah (middle school) and Rebecca (middle school).  I enjoy attending swim meets, soccer games and dance recitals, playing basketball, listening to music, and watching Buckeye football and basketball.


Most Embarrassing Moment:  Being asked to share my most embarrassing moment and having no clue what to share…


Favorite Bible Verse:  1 Corinthians 12:4-7:  "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.  Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good."

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Kevin Huffman

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."

Questions or Comments? I can be reached at or 248.417.1254

Andrea Chowanic

I am the daughter of Milton and Carol Bowes, charter members of Hope. My sister Kristen and I moved with my parents from Dearborn Heights to Novi in 1975 and started attending Prince of Peace. My parents supported Pastor Mesenbring and started the journey to build a new church. I earned my BA from Oklahoma City University and my MBA from University of Phoenix. I have worked at Ford Motor Company in Electrical Engineering for the majority of my career- 19 years. Pastor Gee married my husband Curt and I in 1996. I have been involved in a wide variety of ministries including altar guild, nursery, Sunday school, MOPS, middle school ministry, confirmation and now the strategic planning council. I’ve had the pleasure of watching my two girls Amalia and Asha grow up in the church and become young women. I enjoy traveling and skiing with my family. In my spare time I like to garden and cook.  

Most Embarrassing Moment: I don’t get embarrassed easily, but when your two year old daughter climbs under your long skirt and exclaims she doesn’t think you are wearing any underwear to everyone around you at a department store, now that made me blush.  

Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 24:15 "As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord. In a nutshell what this means to me is that life’s journey is much easier when I keep our priorities in order; God shall be first in my life, family second, and job third."

Kellie McKibbon

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."

Jenni Renaud

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!

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.”