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Hope Church Staff

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Yogi Durbin - Lead Pastor

Yogi Durbin has been married to his wife Joy for over 40 years. They both grew up near Mansfield, OH. They have four children: twins, Christopher and Amber and two more sons, Scot and Ryan. Yogi and Joy's kids have blessed them with 6 grandchildren that Yogi loves to spoil rotten and then send back home.
Yogi graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a BA degree in Pastoral Training with an emphasis in Greek. To complete his degree work at Moody, he also attended Fort Wayne Bible College, Indiana/Purdue University in South Bend, and The Ohio State University.
Softball has been near and dear to Yogi’s heart since he graduated from high school in 1973. He continues to make it around the bases (much more slowly) in the 60+ league in the Columbus area. A few other hobbies are riding road bike, reading and watching college football and basketball whenever it’s on. You can contact Yogi at yogi@thisishope.org.


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Andy Holt | Associate Lead Pastor

Andy Holt has been a pastor at Hope since it launched in 2015. He and his wife Breena have four kids: Cyrus, Eisley, Ezekiel, and Bexley. Ezekiel went to be with Jesus when he was just four years old due to a rare neurological disorder called Batten Disease. The Holts have learned firsthand about the sustaining power of the hope of the resurrection of Jesus. They know that they will see Zekey again in God's new creation - not as a son, but, because of Jesus, as a brother.
Andy is an avid reader and occasionally blogs at his website, The Sometimes Preacher. He also enjoys following The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Detroit Tigers. Andy graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Theatre in 2001, and earned his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2006. You can contact Andy at andy@thisishope.org.


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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 kate@thisishope.org.


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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.”


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Trish Palac | Administrative Assistant

Trish Palac has attended Hope Church since it’s launch in 2015, and she joined the Hope Church staff as our Church Administrator in 2017. Trish grew up in Westerville and still lives here with her husband, Eric, and their daughter, Everly. They’re also expecting a baby boy this July! Trish is passionate about serving people and believes that Jesus calls us to love others in all aspects of our lives. When she isn’t spending time at Hope Church (which is often) or working in the office to keep Hope organized and running smoothly - you can find her spending time with her husband, kids, and her big family (she’s one of 8 kids!) or you’ll find her in class and working with patients while she’s in nursing school studying to become an RN. Trish loves playing board games, believes that naps should be a daily priority, and some say that she's entirely too fond of pizza. She would love to get to know you - find her at Hope and say hello! You can contact Trish at trish@thisishope.org.