Kelly Mahoney grew up on a small farm near Kimball, SD, the youngest of 6 children. He graduated from Kimball High School in 1990, and South Dakota State University in 1996. God got a hold of his life during his time in college, and his life dreams of building things as a mechanical engineer turned into a calling to build people instead. Kelly worked with youth from 1996-2005, at which point he headed to Virginia to attend Liberty Theological Seminary. After graduating with his Masters of Divinity in 2008, Kelly spent two years serving in Fargo ND, before making his way to Hope Community in 2010 as an associate pastor of small groups and discipleship, becoming head pastor shortly thereafter. He is passionate about discipling people and seeking the Word of God together through small groups. Pastor Kelly met his wife, Cheryl, at college, they were married in 1999 and have 3 sons and 1 daughter.
Pastor Carlyn Cole grew up on a crop and livestock farm in south central Minnesota, where he graduated from Delavan High School in 1984. He earned a degree in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University in 1988. After college he taught high school agriculture in Iowa for two years before marrying Jami (also a Minnesota girl and Iowa State graduate) and going to Dallas to earn a Master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Ministry. Initial plans of overseas missions work were redirected due to family health issues, and the next years were spent managing the family farm instead. In 2003, Carlyn and family were called to a church planting effort in Sauk Centre with the Evangelical Free Church. He was later called to a part time ministry of Outreach and Discipleship at Hope Community Church in September 2016. Carlyn likes to read, ride his road bike, and continues to farm part time, while Jami is an Early Childhood Special Education teacher. Carlyn and Jami have three adult children.
Randy was born and raised right here in Pope County. He graduated from Glenwood High School in 1980. He attended Alexandria Technical College where he graduated from the Farm Equipment Mechanics course in 1982. He spent the next two years working as a mechanic and a truck driver. He joined the family farm operation in 1984 with his father. He now owns and operates the family farm southeast of Lowry. Randy married his wife Patti in 1986. They have been blessed with 3 children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and 8 grandchildren.
In August 1956 Neil was born in Southern California From there he moved to Colorado and graduated from high school in Wisconsin. He was born spiritually while attending college in California in 1975. The Gideon New Testament he received on the Berkeley campus during Christmas break directed him to a major lifestyle change. This resulted in him spending the next 10 years living in two different Christian communities in California and Minnesota.He married Toni in 1980 and they had four children. They moved to Glenwood in 1987 where Neil started a window cleaning business. He enjoys being involved in Hope Community Church and serves in a variety of roles. He is also an avid gardener.
Bruce grew up on a dairy farm in Ottertail county by the little town of Bluffton and graduated from Wadena High School in 1983. He attended Alexandria Technical College and graduated from the Machine Tool Technology program. He has been employed at ITW Heartland for 25 years . Bruce and his wife Michele were married in 1988 and have 4 children. They started attending Hope Community Church in 2004.
Vickie Anderson started as part-time Administrative Assistant in December 2011. She and her husband, Randy, have been involved with Hope Community since the beginning. Vickie has volunteered in Children’s Ministries, Small Group Ministries, and Building Maintenance. She also helps manage the 110 cow/calf herd that they own. Vickie graduated from the University of MN, Twin Cities and married Randy in 1987. They have 3 adult children, a daughter-in-law and 1 grandson.
Worship Ministry Assistant
Caitlyn was born in Manitoba, Canada, the only daughter in a set of 6 children. She moved to the U.S. with her family when her father was called to preach at a small church in central Minnesota. Caitlyn has been involved with church ministries ever since she attended a praise team practice with her parents in early elementary school and was invited to sing with the grown-ups. Since then, she has grown a deep desire to serve the Lord through praise teams as well as children’s ministries, and youth group. Now, as Worship Ministry Assistant for Hope Community Church, she is responsible for scheduling and coordinating worship volunteers and works with the website/app & newsletter. She loves to serve the body of Christ and serves regularly on the worship & production teams. In 2010 Caitlyn was married to her husband, Zach, and they have been blessed by the addition of four daughters to their family; McKenna, Hadley, Cassidy, and Tessa.