Ministry Team @ Hope

So here we are! The Ministry Team @ Hope!

Here is a little bit about each of us. If you have any questions about the ministries that we lead or about what we wrote in our bios, feel free to click on our picture to email us directly.


  • 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!

  • Hi! I’m a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens, Long Island. After graduating from college in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and seminary in St. Louis, I came to Oakland County, Michigan – and never left! I’ve served churches in Farmington, Novi and Royal Oak, been a part-time hospital chaplain at Oakwood in Dearborn and a police chaplain in both Novi and Royal Oak. I’ve also done some work with our Southeast Michigan Synod (group of congregations) over the years. After 43 years of full-time ministry, I retired in 2015 and since then, I’ve been working part-time with the folks at Shepherd’s Way in South Lyon. Coming together with Hope is a bit like coming full circle – I team-taught confirmation classes here with Pastor Vic back in the ‘70’s. I’ve been married to Deana since 1973 – she’s from Iowa, and we met and married in Farmington, where we were both working in the same congregation. We have two married sons and a two-year-old granddaughter who keep us young! We’ve lived in Novi since 1977, and currently share our home with a dog and two cats who take turns making our lives interesting. We love to travel – I’ve visited 48 of the 50 states, and look forward to seeing Alaska and Hawaii some day.

    Most Embarrassing Moment: When I was younger, my sermons were a bit longer than they are today. After going on at some length one Sunday, a little voice from the rear of the church – my young son – called out, “Amen, Daddy, Amen!” I have a feeling that the rest of the congregation was in agreement.

    Favorite Bible Verse: These days, it’s Romans 12:21 – “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

  • Chris childers

    worship, music & the arts minister

    G'day Mate, I was born in Auckland, New Zealand at a terrifyingly young age to both my parents.  I grew up the 4th son of an evangelical minister/missionary, so life was really against me from the get-go.  I caught the performing arts bug at a very young age and all through my school career went on both national and international tours with various musical/performing arts groups.  I have been blessed with many opportunities to work in local church ministry and also para-church ministry groups since the age of 18.  In my early twenties, I moved back to New Zealand, studied contemporary music and started my first band.  We were very blessed for two of our singles to have success on national christian radio. After touring both nationally and internationally for the next four years, I felt called to a local church ministry in Las Vegas and remained in the Vegas area for the next 10 years.  That was until I felt called to the Metro Detroit Area to work at Hope... I am writing this bio while enduring my first mid-western winter and I'm really starting to question the whole "calling thing"... That being said I am completely excited to see what God is doing here at Hope. 

    Embarrassing Moment:  Performing an entire worship service with my zipper down.

    Favorite Bible Verse:  "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth..."

  • Donnie Lehmann

    Children, Youth & family Minister

    I was born on an Air Force base in Alaska, and I then made my way to Kenosha, and could not think of any other place I would like to call home. There are four things that I love: God, Family, Youth Ministry, Sprint Car Racing and Food.  Most would say the order changes depending on how hungry I am. All kidding aside, serving is what drives me. Having been on multiple mission trips throughout the world and being involved in youth ministry, it is safe to say that I have found my true calling in serving the church. I am looking forward to helping the youth groups at Hope grow in their knowledge and understanding of the love that God has for them and how to share that love with all people. I also want to teach youth how to eat 26 tacos in one lunch sitting.

    Most embarrassing moment: I embarrass my wife on a daily basis, does that count…                                                                                    

    Favorite Bible Verse: Job 19:21-29… epic stuff……And Jesus in the boat sleeping…all of us need naps, even Jesus

  • Megan DeWyse

    Children's Ministry Coordinator

    Hi! I'm Megan. I have been a member of Hope since I was 5 or 6 years old! I have lived in Livonia, Michigan my whole life. I am a senior at Wayne State University studying Elementary and Special Education. I love helping little people learn and grow...I have been a preschool teacher, behavior tech for autism, nanny, substitute teacher and coach. Anything to do with kids, I'm in!! I have taught Kindergarten Sunday school at Hope for at least 7 years. I love watching them learn about God's love and His word. 

    Most embarrassing moment: In middle school, my skirt fell down in front of everyone in the hallway....

    Favorite Bible verse: Philippians 4:8 "Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just...if there is anything worthy of praise, think of these things"

  • jennifer erven

    Interim Director of Operations

    I was born and raised in northwest Indiana.  I attended Purdue University for undergraduate school and Ohio State University for graduate school… Boiler Up and Go Bucks!! I later moved from Ohio to Michigan. I have three kids – Isaiah, Elijah and Rebecca. As an engineer turned math teacher turned mom turned substitute teacher turned service minister and now Director of Operations, I have enjoyed many different roles! I have been a member of Hope since 2002. I enjoy walking my dog Lola, reading, watching movies, listening to music (louder the better) and yoga. I spend time ‘up north’ every summer enjoying swimming, beautiful stars, campfires on the beach and smores, of course!

    Most Embarassing Moment: Downward facing dog pose in yoga class (really quiet)… passing gas (not so quiet)… nuff said!

    Favorite Bible Verse: Colossians 4:5 “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity” 

  • marcy bard

    nursery director

    My name is Marcia Karen Bard, Marcy for short.  I was born on November 2, 1942 in Detroit to Harry and Sarah Swarts. I have one sister named Joanne Gail Pevos. I have been married to my husband Harvey for 41 years and I proposed to him.  We have two adult children. Our son Aaron is married to Emily and they have two boys, Joshua Holden 7 1/2 and Issac Max 6 years old. Our daughter Debbie is married to Korey Bahash and they also have two sons, Zachary Hayden, 9 and Andrew Dylan, 6. I worked for the Farmington Schools for 23 years, the last six of which were for the Head Start Program.  I love working with kids!

    Most Embarrassing Moment: occurred several years ago when we attended a New Years Eve Party.  I was wearing a long skirt with a top and the elastic in the waistband broke while we were dancing.

    Favorite Bible Verse: Moses parting the Red Sea.

  • danny morris


    I was born in Pontiac, Michigan and raised in Keego Harbor. I attended West Bloomfield schools where I was a stinker. After high school, I joined the Marine Corp, active duty four years. I am married to my wonderful wife, Jeanette, and have one daughter, Danielle. I was a journeyman carpenter for over 25 years, but am now retired. I am very active in my church, Grace and Peace in Pontiac. I play guitar and keyboard in the church band. I enjoy bowling and aeronautics. I have worked here at Hope for over eight years and enjoy my job and the people here at Hope very much.

    Most Embarrassing Moment: While working at Hope one day I approached a group of people with their backs to me. As I got closer I noticed their beautiful long hair, I asked “Could I help you ladies with something”. They turned around and much to my chagrin they were all men, some with facial hair!  Very embarrassing!

    Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd....."