Living Hope is a Free Methodist Church of North America. The history of the Free Methodist Church is rooted in the biblical command to live in holy love. This love comes from God and is available to all. At our core, we are committed to love. We are called to live holy lives. We are expected to engage a needy world. We are empowered to serve without needless restrictions. All of our structures encourage these priorities. We believe the Great Commission requires the transformation of individuals and societies by God’s power and love and for His glory.
The result is wholeness — whole people bringing the whole gospel of freedom to the whole world. In the church, this wholeness is displayed through healthy biblical communities of holy people — disciples, leaders, groups and churches that steadily multiply. Throughout the world, God displays this wholeness as He restores what is broken back to excellence through His holy, transformed people.
To love God and people, and to make disciples
- Mission of the Free Methodist Church
Equip ordinary people to take their next step in becoming extraordinary followers of Christ!
- Vision of Living Hope
Jess began really following Jesus when he was a teenager through the ministry of YoungLife. He has a desire to see God’s Word come to life in both the Christ follower and in the lives of those not yet part of the family of God. He graduated with an Associates and Bachelors degrees from Purdue University in computer graphics technology, then worked in the industry for several years before acting on the call to ministry. He is ordained in the Free Methodist church and enjoys the outdoors, skiing, ice hockey and his family. He is married to Alisha and they have five fantastic kids; Adelyn, Elyana, Kendrew, Declan and Janabelle.
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George is a theologian, elder, chaplain, community activist and Seattle native. After receiving Christ in 1976 he began serving in the church and has since served in a variety of ministries, including co-founding a non-profit organization in 2004 for at-risk youth (G.A.M.E.). George has a MDiv. from Fuller Seminary and is married to his beautiful wife, Sheila, and they have seven children and numerous grandchildren.
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Sheila is a native of Seattle, WA. She was raised in a family with 13 siblings and became a Christian in 1985. After falling in love with Jesus and raising her own family, Sheila became an ordained Pastor. She loves preaching the word of God and breaking down racial walls that hinder our work in the Lord; she loves being a part of the move of God and raising up the younger generations. Sheila is also the President and founder of Rare Coins Ministries and a leading authority for working with victims involved in Sex Trafficking. She has provided speaking and training opportunities for organizations and leaders working with trafficking victims throughout Washington State and internationally.
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Youth and Worship Director
Genesis grew up in the Seattle area in a large family of singers and musicians, so she has always been around music and loved worship. After growing up in a ministry family, she truly dedicated her life to serving Christ at a YoungLife camp at the age of 15. Following her graduation from high school, Genesis pursued her passion for working with young people by becoming a YoungLife leader herself and has since served in various youth ministries for over 10 years. Genesis is also a chaplain with King County Youth Chaplaincy and ministers to incarcerated youth regularly every month. In 2008 following many confirmations and encounters with God, Genesis began leading worship and since has enjoyed the privilege of leading worship with teams big and small all around the Northwest. Leading the church in worship, writing and releasing songs from heaven, and using music and creative arts as a means to share God’s message of love and hope to the world are Genesis’ passions. Genesis married her best friend Jesse in 2009 and together they love to laugh, watch movies, play board games and run their own photography and graphic design company, Genesis Photography.
Assistant to Pastor & Men’s Ministry Director
Jesse grew up in South Seattle and was raised in church, giving his life to Jesus at 14 at a Christian soccer camp. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Seattle University in 2006, but after completing two years of law school, Jesse realized that his true calling and passion were in ministry. He has spent the past 10+ years helping people find their God-given purpose and live it out to its fullest. Jesse married his beautiful wife, Genesis, in 2009 and God called them to Living Hope in the fall of 2015, where Jesse serves as an assistant to the pastor, oversees Men’s Ministry and directs the technical aspects of the church.
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
- Proverbs 15:22
Board of Administration
While Living Hope is a staff led church that makes day-to-day decisions helping the church operate efficiently, the Free Methodist Book of Discipline calls for the Board of Administration (BOA) to provide accountability, partnership, and guidance to our Lead Pastor and church.
Current Members of the Board:
- Barbara Warner (Delegate)
- Ben Reed (Reserve Delegate)
- Denyse Touma (Treasurer)
- Wendi Osborne (Secretary)
- Jesse Parker
- Catherine Whalen
Check out our nine strategies and learn more about what we are trying to achieve and accomplish.
We will improve our reach to the poor and disenfranchised and create a normalcy for multicultural ministry by rewarding and celebrating churches that minister to the hurting, broken and people unlike themselves. Learn more >
We will place the same priority on discipling and serving as we do on our services of worship. By valuing and measuring holiness, service and obedience, we will increase the fruitfulness of the good news in our communities. Learn more >
We will work to improve the health of every local church by creating measurable expectations and regular assessments. We will create and utilize training materials that focus on church health. Learn more >
We will raise up godly and competent leaders who support our vision and passionately make disciples. We will identify these leaders within our churches and provide opportunities for recruitment, internship and service. Learn more >
We will increase multiplication of disciples, leaders, groups, churches and ministries by highlighting exemplary leaders and by changing the way our churches view and report growth. Learn more >
We will increase the global and local influence of our churches by encouraging engagement with worldwide ministries and helping churches to better impact their communities. Learn more >
We will increase the number of growing and fruitful Free Methodist churches by encouraging and aiding successful leaders and their ministries. We will tell the story of these ministries to the rest of the denomination. Learn more >
We will increase Free Methodist church planting and ministry in U.S. urban centers by developing lasting ministries and local leaders that multiply themselves throughout our cities. Learn more >
We will encourage partnerships with like-minded ministries. These mutually beneficial relationships give us unified voice on social and spiritual issues, as well as more focused skills to fulfill our mission and vision. Learn more >
Living Hope’s Core Values
Pursue God's PresenceGod’s presence changes everything! His presence brings life, healing and understanding. Whether we are alone, in a small group or large gathering, we not only pray for His presence, we pursue it — standing upon His Word. (Psalm 16:11; John 14:23)
People Matter to UsGod created people in his own image and has given value to each and every person regardless of whether they share our values and beliefs or not. We desire to lead with love and serve people the way God does. (Genesis 1:27; Matthew 9:35-36)
Unity is EssentialWe cannot do what God has planned for us if we each have our own agendas. So, we strive to have the mind and heart of God while we link arms with a like-minded desire to help accomplish all that God has called Living Hope to be and do. (John 17:20-21; 1 Corinthians 1:10)
Practicing GraceWhen the truth of God is lived and shared in grace it allows us and those around us to be transformed. We practice grace with one another, first, because God has given it to us, and second, that we can reflect and confirm the witness of God’s work in us. (1 Corinthians 15:10; Colossians 3:12-13)
Exercising Courageous FaithWe believe a genuine faith causes action in every person (and not just in paid staff). So, we celebrate when people read God’s Word, listen to the Holy Spirit, then, obey and take the initiative to follow through on their own. (Matthew 14:29; James 2:22)