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.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news . . . “
Associate Pastor Laura Rippee joined the staff at Hope in the fall of 2016 as Director of Children’s Ministry. Growing up in a fun Christian home, Laura quickly grew a genuine love for Jesus, people, and life. By the age of 18, she began to radically pursue God’s heart. She received a BS in Elementary Education from IPFW. In 2006, she moved from Indiana to Colorado to teach school and pursue ministry training and leadership. In 2013, she moved again this time to California to attend and graduate from Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM) where she was nominated for the M. Earl Johnson award for outstanding leadership. She’s served in church leadership for over 15 years, primarily developing and training children. She has also taught in public schools for 10 years across 3 states. She now resides in the Seattle area with her husband Sheldon and is excited to pastor children in revival.
Throughout her life, she’s cultivated deep wells ministering to the Lord, her family, and His beloved in workplaces, on the streets, and to the church across the U.S. and Europe. Her greatest passions lie in knowing God, rejoicing in family, raising a fierce generation of children who love Jesus, rescuing and redeeming the lost, and equipping and teaching the Body of Christ.
“. . . 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.
Young Adult Leader Ian Hicks first felt the call to ministry as a freshman in high school. Since then, Ian has attended Boise Bible College, Northwest University, and Seattle Bible College throughout his educational journey. He is licensed through Seattle Bible College. Several years ago, the Lord radically saved Ian’s family and since then, he has never been the same.
Both Ian and Camille were saved at a young age, but as young adults, both felt the church was missing something. The Bible is full of testimony of lives changed, bodies and hearts healed, and the dead raised. They longed to see God move mightily today! Ian and Camille were forever changed by the culture of revival they experienced at Hope Christian Community. They are passionate about taking that culture outside the four walls of the church to expand God’s kingdom. Pastor Ian enjoys teaching young adults to utilize their God-given gifts and talents to spread the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the earth. His favorite verse is:
Acts 4:20, “As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”