Love God. Love others. Share hope.

Hope Church Staff


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Tim Steiner | Interim Pastor

Tim was born in Wooster, OH and attended Nyack College in preparation for missionary service with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He continued his education at Alliance Theological Seminary for one year before engaging in starting a church in Griffin, GA. This was followed by 2 years at First Alliance Church in Columbus, OH as associate pastor before leaving in 1978 for French Language Study in Albertville, France. From there he and his wife Becki continued to Bamako, Mali where they worked for a period of 15 years with the Malian pastors in church planting and discipleship and Bambara language study. They were then asked to open a work in a creative access country in North Africa while teaming with SD Myers, Inc., Tallmadge, OH. During that time, they taught in an underground church meeting. They worked for SD Myers-Maroc for 17 years before moving on to France teaching in the French lay training program, Formation Biblique de l’Alliance.
It was during their retirement that they started attending Hope Church and Tim was asked to serve as an elder. After the passing away of our pastor Yogi, Tim accepted the interim position of pastor at Hope Church.


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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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Lynette Lovelace | Office Manager

You can contact Lynette at office@thisishope.org.


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John Spiegel | Director of Facilities and Finance

You can contact John at john@thisishope.org.


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Kain Conley | Director of Discipleship

You can contact Kain at kain@thisishope.org.


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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