Phil Arndt | Lead Pastor
Phil is originally from Wisconsin, where his family attended an Alliance Church after serving as missionaries in Honduras. When he was serving in the US Army in South Korea, Phil felt God’s call on his life for ministry. Phil met the love of his life, Melissa, at Crown College (St. Paul Bible College) and they were married in 1987. Melissa grew up in northern Indiana, where she also attended a local Alliance Church. Phil and Melissa have three grown children and 8 grandchildren. The Arndts have served as International Workers with the C&MA in Russia and Germany, and have also ministered in South Korea. Phil has pastored churches in Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Wyoming. He loves to read, fish, hunt and spend time with his family. Phil is excited to see the transforming work of God in action here in Westerville, and is believing God for great things that He will do! Beware when COVID has run its course, because Phil is a hugger, and loves being with the people God has called he and Melissa to serve!
Kate Conley | HopeKids Director
Kate Conley joined the Hope Church staff in 2017 as our part-time Children’s Ministry Director. Kate lives in Delaware, OH with her husband, Kain and her three boys Elliot, Wallace, and Foster. Kate is a licensed RN, although she has hung up her stethoscope for a time to enjoy her life-long dream job as a stay-at-home mom!
Kate is passionate about equipping leaders to teach and serve the children and families of Hope Church with the intention of seeing our children’s hearts changed by the redeeming power of the Gospel. She believes that kids are cute, smart, and funny, but they are sinners who need Jesus just like the rest of us. Kate loves crafting (especially crochet), drinking coffee (she takes it black), and spending time with her family (hello game night!). She has played the piano since she was 4 years old, and would love to hear your best joke. If you would like to get to know Kate more, or are interested in becoming a part of our HopeKids team, please contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amee Kuch | Music Director
Amee has been a part of the Hope Church staff since 2016 as our part-time worship team director. Amee is married to Bill and they have three kids, Sam, Alyssa, and Isaac living in Westerville. She has been a Buckeye for life, attending OSU where she received her BSN, has worked as an RN at the James Cancer Hospital at OSU since 2006, and faithfully cheers the Buckeyes on in all avenues! Ministry began in college where she got involved as a freshman in Cru in witnessing, leading Bible studies, retreats, and becoming involved in the worship team. Ministry translated into church after college where Amee has served in a variety of ways. Music and the arts have always been a passion of hers.
Never an athlete, Amee’s main accolade is Grand Champion Barrow (pig) at her county fair where she received her only trophy! Amee loves Eric Liddell’s quote, “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure, “ and adapts it personally, feeling the same pleasure when she (and everyone together) worships. Amee’s life verse is Hosea 6:3 which says,
“So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord.
His going forth is as certain as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain,
Like the spring rain watering the earth.”
David Long | Director of Communications
David and his wife Becca started attending Hope Church in 2017, and knew right away this is where God wanted them to plant roots. David LOVES the sound of his own voice... probably how he ended up working in Christian radio in Columbus after graduating from Cedarville University. Don't worry, God is doing the work to teach him humility. He's been blessed to experience a wide range of ministry in a short time- from church-planting operations in Paris, France to radio ministry in Columbus, God has given him a heart for community. Joining a Life Group at Hope Church was one of the best things that happened to him, and he loves connecting new people to Life Groups. One day David started giving announcements and calls to worship during service on Sundays, and before too long that led to David joining the staff and leadership team at Hope. When he's not working in radio, he's doing something at Hope... prayer night, volleyball with his Life Group, or fretting over every line of the weekly church email. David manages the communication channels, so if you would like to get in touch with Hope Church, he's your guy! You can contact David at email@example.com.
Yogi Durbin - Founding Pastor
Pastor Yogi Durbin was instrumental in founding Hope Church. Following the call of God on his life, Pastor Yogi attended Moody Bible Institute, and joined the Christian and Missionary Alliance for 37 years of ministry. His last assignment was to shepherd Hope Church and prepare leaders for ministry in Westerville and beyond. Passionate about people and church planting, he was an amazing friend. His sermons were riddled with stories and heart-felt pleas to engage with God and what he’s doing in hearts around the world.
Tragically, Pastor Yogi suffered a heart attack and passed away on May 4, 2019. His faith in Jesus is a legacy we admire, and a challenge to be intentional about serving others every chance we have. We are grateful for the lessons he taught that pushed us to love God, love other others and share hope!
You can read his obituary here. Remembering Yogi