Pastor Anthony Simmons was born and raised in Kodiak, Alaska. Anthony spent the first part of his life working in the logging and commercial fishing industries, but secretly his life was quickly spinning out of control with an addiction to alcohol and drugs. God supernaturally delivered Anthony from this lifestyle while he was in port in Seattle, Washington when attending church one Sunday morning. Sitting in the back of the small packed church, Anthony broke down in the presence of the Lord and made a deal with God. “Jesus, if you are real, please save me, if not then I’ll never darken another church door,” he prayed. Jesus spoke to his heart clearly, “I’ll save you, if you serve me.” The deal was made and Anthony left that service feeling completely sober and made new.
Pastor Anthony attended Seattle Bible College soon after, later earning a Bachelor of Theology. In downtown Seattle, he started an outreach to the homeless and Skyline Community Church. Pastor Anthony married Lori Simmons, and they live in Burien with their five children.
Associate Pastor, Lori Simmons, met her husband Anthony while attending Seattle Pacific University (SPU). As a SPU graduate, she taught Spanish and Drama at Shorewood Christian School for eight years. Lori is passionate about teaching, and writing/directing plays and short skits.
At Hope, Pastor Lori is committed to seeing the body of Christ grow. She was the team leader in Kingdom Kidz ministry for over 10 years. Pastor Lori currently oversees our women’s ministry and also is developing our dramatic arts department.
Children's Pastor Preston Haggerty was born in Renton, Washington. Preston grew up in
going to church and has been serving in the church since he could remember. Preston
grew up in a dysfunctional home through his middle school and high school years and was
radically transformed in his teenage years. After high school, he went on to go to school at NLCollege in Renton, Washington and interned at New Life Church. During that time Preston became the Junior High Director for New Life Church's Renton Campus, later on to Children's Director for the church's 5th and 6th grade ministry. Before coming on to the leadership team at Hope, he was the Junior High Director at New Life Church's Kent Campus and the percussion teacher at the faith based non profit music program MPower Music.
“. . . in view of God’s mercy, offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
For over 20 years Barry Eggehorn has been leading worship at various churches and conferences within our community and beyond. Barry’s passion for music led him to Berklee College of Music where he completed his online Master’s Certificate in songwriting. Barry has written several of the songs we sing and love here at Hope. One of his favorite scriptures is Romans 12:1 which tells us that we are to be a living sacrifice and that our worship is much more than a song, it’s a lifestyle.
While a senior in high school, Barry experienced God in a powerful and life changing way which led him to lay down his dreams and career goals to pursue God’s call upon his life. It was during this season that Barry decided to walk away from his opportunities in the Airforce ROTC program at the University of Washington and instead pursue ministry training at Seattle Bible College.
Barry lives in the Seattle community with his wife, Stephani and has 4 children.
Pastor Carlos Huizar has a passion to see the youth and leadership team grow spiritually to a place where they can lead others into a greater relationship with God. Pastor Carlos is a Seattle Bible College student, devoted Junior High teacher, and dedicated husband, father, and shepherd of those God puts in his hands. Associate Pastor Carlos and his wife, Patricia, love working with families and youth, and have a desire to teach them to be Christ-like examples that go out to be world changers!
Carlos and his wife have an exuberance for life, and are parents to three children. Both have dedication for seeing Christ’s freedom for others through prayer while serving on Hope’s Altar Ministry Team.
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord
and not to men”
Julia Simmons began serving as our church administrator in the fall of 2016. She was raised in Auburn, WA and attended the University of Washington (Go Huskies!). She grew up with the knowledge of God, but lacked a true relationship with Jesus. After marrying her husband Paul in 2013, she began attending his father’s church, Hope Christian Community, and soon developed a close, personal relationship with Jesus. She was baptized at Hope in 2014 and has loved the journey God has brought her on ever since. After being in corporate administration for 5 years she was taught that administration was a gift from God (1 Cor. 12:28). She then felt a pull to use her gift for God’s purposes and to help expand His Kingdom.
Julia and her husband live in Auburn with their daughter.