Good Hope Staff
Mike & Tranette Stevens
Lead Pastor / Church Administrator
Pastor Mike Stevens has been a church planter since 2000. He and his wife Tranette have three grown sons. Pastor Mike grew up in a non-Christian home but was saved at the age of 19 due to the miraculous intervention of God. After some years of battling to understand the things of God, Mike was touched by the Holy Spirit and a love for the imperfect church was added to his love and concern for the lost. Since then, he has endeavored to serve God humbly, be led by the Spirit, and advance the cause of Christ however possible. Education and Ministry Experience: Pastor Mike received a BA in Philosophy from Bemidji State and an MA in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University. Later he completed his course work for ministry credentials through Berean University. Pastor Mike has served as a Sunday School Teacher, Worship Leader, Grounds Keeper, Janitor, Small Group Leader, Youth Leader, Youth Center Coordinator, Mission’s Trip Coordinator, and Church Planter/Pastor. Email – Pastor Mike Stevens Email – Tranette Stevens
Pastor Mike's Testimony
Corey & Nicole Pond
Morgan Park Campus Pastor
Pastor Corey became a follower of Christ in 2002, the year his girlfriend, now wife, was transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. She went from a severely depressed, angry woman, to a purpose and joy filled woman. This prompted Corey to dig into God’s Word and search the scriptures. His faith began to grow during this time. Pastor Corey and Nicole were married in 2003. In 2007, Corey started to get ill, and this produced years of tumultuous character growth. Pastor Corey and his family started attending Good Hope Church in Cloquet in 2012. He became a Credentialed Pastor through the Assemblies of God in 2016. They have two children, a son and a daughter. Corey and Nicole have lived in Morgan Park for 16 years now and have a heart to reach their community. Pastor Corey believes that God has a plan for each and every person and desires to see people’s lives be transformed by the power of God.
Email – Pastor Corey Pond
Pastor Larry was brought up in a thriving Christian family, actively involved in the church. After several years of running from God and working through the struggles of life, he realized that a relationship with God is the one thing that really matters. Pastor Larry has been involved in ministry on some level for many years as a teacher, preacher, and worship leader. After years of being a business manager and business owner he has answered the call to move into full-time ministry. Pastor Larry and his wife, Lisa, were high school sweethearts and have been married since 1987. They have two adult children and one grandchild. The driving force behind Pastor Larry’s role here at Good Hope Church is his desire to help as many people as possible experience the close, one on one relationship with God that He wants with all of us. Email Pastor Larry
Children's Ministry Pastor
Vicky grew up in a small farming community in central Minnesota with her home church being Crystal Hills Assembly of God. Her testimony involves growing up in an alcoholic home and losing her mother at a young age. Though you will always find the words on Vicky’s heart to be “God is faithful!” She attended UMD and felt the call to youth ministry. After completing Tent Maker Training and serving two years in a church in Illinois, she returned to Minnesota to teach for a few years, and start a family with her husband, Ryan. Vicky has been at Good Hope since the first Sunday and the Lord opened the door for her to step back into ministry—this time with elementary aged children. She earned her Assembly of God credentials in the Spring of 2015 and serves as the Children’s Ministry Pastor. Email Pastor Vicky
Preschool Pastor and Volunteer Coordinator
Celia grew up in a Christian home but never had a church to call home. She would attend church with a friend for youth group and sometimes on Sundays growing up. Once she left home, she fell away from God and didn’t attend church for years. After meeting with Pastor Mike, she knew Good Hope Church was the place she wanted to raise her family with her husband Greg. She has been with Good Hope Church since it began in 2010. She has been married to Greg since 2010 and a mother of 5, one heavenly, which is part of her testimony on how God meets you no matter where you are in your walk with Him. She got her credentials through the Assembly of God in March 2016 and now serves as the Preschool Pastor and the Volunteer Coordinator.
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Reach Special Needs ProgramLisa Durene has been a Christian since high school. She has been involved in many different ministries including helping to develop a Deaf Ministry. Lisa is a certified Sign Language Interpreter and has worked with adults and children with various special needs for more than 12 years. Lisa and her husband have been married since 1987 and have two adult children, a son-in-law and beautiful granddaughter. Reach Special Needs Program is being developed to help children that may not fit in a normal class setting learn about and grow in the Lord. Our goal is to help them Reach Up to learn who God is, Rise Up to overcome obstacles and Reach Out to become God’s workers.
Aimee Anderson was born and raised in the church, but did not give her life fully to Jesus until the year 2000. Overcoming a turbulent past, Jesus has brought comfort and healing to her heart. She is real about the struggles of life, and she loves to share her testimony and pass on the tools Jesus has given to live in more victory. Aimee has been married to Sean since 1999 and they have three boys, the middle son being autistic. She is a music-loving, video-game-playing, thrifty, bird-watching woman who loves to laugh. So if you’re up for linking arms, seeking God, and doing life together, then you’ve come to the right place! Good Hope Women’s Group is a diverse group of women who welcomes you!