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Pastor David Holt

Senior Pastor & Founder

Dr. David Holt has been married to Dede for 35 years and they have four children and 3 grandchildren.  He has been a pastor for over 30 years. David has earned degrees from the University of Georgia (BBA; 1983), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MDiv and ThM, 1990) and Trinity International University (DMN, 2005).

 

Pastor David served as a college pastor for four years at Grace Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota; the Senior Pastor for 17 years at the First Evangelical Free Church, Onalaska, Wisconsin; and the Pastor of Discipleship at Watkinsville First Baptist for four years.  He is the author of five books: “Meeting You Where You Are,” “Pastoring with Passion,” "Serving with Passion," "Well Done," and "God Does What?"

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Shanon Hayes

Connections Pastor & Home Groups Director

Pastor Shanon Hayes has been happily married to Cathy for over 34 years.  They have two sons Will and Samuel.  Shanon was ordained in 1997, and has served in various ministries for over thirty seven years.  Prior to coming to Living Hope Church, in 2013, Shanon served as the senior pastor for seventeen years throughout Georgia.  

Pastor Shanon attended Tennessee Temple University and Covington Seminary and Bible College.  Pastored at Maple Grove Baptist Church in Chatsworth, Georgia; the Pastor at Broad River Baptist Church in Eastanollee, Georgia; the Pastor of Joy Baptist Church in Hull, Georgia.  

Shanon has served as an elder at Living Hope Church since 2014.

Dustin Sosebee

Worship Pastor

In 2022, Dustin joined the Living Hope team to serve as worship pastor. He and his wife Kristen also serve as the worship directors of the campus ministry UGA Wesley. Dustin and Kristen met while studying music at UGA. They happily married in 2011 and have three boys Rooks, Elias, and Jude. Dustin received his MDiv in 2018 from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His heart is for the people of God to take up their role as worshippers of the one true God. “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab 2:14) Thank you Jesus!

Pastor William Mansfield has been married to his wife Krysta since 2017 and they have three children. He has earned degrees from Kennesaw State University (2016) and Asbury Theological Seminary (2022) where he completed the Masters of Divinity program. William was ordained in 2011 and has ministered in various contexts since then. He is passionate about discipling students in their walks with God, and answering any crazy questions they can come up with. William is a theology nerd, musician, bbq enthusiast, and outdoor adventurer who loves hunting, fishing, archery, and anything to do with bonfires and Jesus. 

William Mansfield

Youth-College Pastor

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Cathy Hayes

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Church Office and Communication Administrator

Cathy Hayes has been happily married to Shanon for over 34 

years and they have two sons, Will and Samuel. Cathy works full-time at Living Hope.  Cathy has a passion for serving children and their families, and has joyfully served in Children’s Ministry for over 20 years.  Family adventures, reading, and cooking are some of Cathy‘s favorite hobbies.  One of her favorite Bible verses is Deuteronomy 31:8 “And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

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Rich and Mary Suplita

Apologist and Outreach Directors

Rich is a native of West Virginia and a graduate of WVU and the UGA (Ph.D. in Neuroscience, 2005). Mary Kathryn hails from North Carolina and graduated from NCSU before completing her master's at Appalachian State. 

 

Rich and Mary Kathryn were born again in their early 40’s, spending several years as close friends before marrying in 2017. They have powerful testimonies of God changing the heart of a former atheist professor (Rich) and a person who was distracted by the ever-elusive “American Dream” (Mary Kathryn). They have four children: Annabel, Lydia, Ben  and Lola. 

 

The Suplitas’ heartcry is to carry the gospel to the frontlines of spiritual warfare on university campuses, outside of abortion clinics, and “to the highways and hedges” throughout the southeast. 

Geoff Peacock

Facilities Manager

Geoff and his wife Stephanie along with their kids love the Athens area and are so grateful to call it their home.  His relationship with his Lord and Savior, along with his wonderful family, are most important to Geoff as he lives out his life for Jesus. 

Geoff loves the outdoors, especially activities that allow him to travel, be on the water, and anything sports related.  Geoff has served in the hospitality industry for over 15 years, which is truly where his heart lies.  Geoff is passionate about creating events which support positive environments for people to come
together to enjoy fellowship and friendship with one another.


Geoff is so thankful for the redemptive power of God’s love in his life and love to share God's message of hope and grace with others.  Geoff is forever thankful for the Lord's endless love and grace in his life!

Angela Patterson

Director of Prayer Ministry and Director of Women's Ministry

Angela is a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and an intercessor. She came to LHC in 2018 where the Holy Spirit radically transformed her walk with the Lord. She has a heart for intercessory prayer, for women’s ministry, and for seeing others find their own journey to worship and to intimacy with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. She recently authored her first book and loves to write and to share truth.  She has been married to her husband, Danny, for 38 years, and they have 7 adult children. Angela spent twenty nine years home educating these children. Danny and Angela also have 10 beautiful grandchildren. One of her favorite verses is Psalm 89:1 “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.”

Dustin Butler

Director of Men's Ministry

Dustin and his wife Lori have been married for 13 years and they have 2 amazing kids, Caden and Kirsten! He graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry with intentions to pursue medical school. Instead, Dustin was ultimately led by the Lord to go on staff with a worldwide, interdenominational missions organization called the Navigators, whom he has served with for 16 years. In the summer of 2021, he came on staff with Living Hope part-time to serve in men’s ministry, young adult’s ministry, and discipleship ministries. He and his family love Living Hope and are passionate about seeing "laborers" (Matt. 9) for God's Kingdom of all ages raised up whom God will use to transform the world through generational discipleship and evangelism.

Phyllis Steinborn

Director of Celebrate Recovery

Phyllis serves as Living Hope’s Celebrate Recovery Director. She has been involved with CR for over 8 years. This is a program that helps folks recover from life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups that are keeping them from coming closer to Christ.  

Phyllis loves the Lord, has a heart to minister God’s healing to others and to serve this community. She founded Athens Master’s Academy of Fine Arts and for 3 years served as director.  In addition, she served on the Executive Board for Athens Area March of Dimes and was their Special Events Coordinator for 8 years. She also served 3 years as co-chair for one of the Clarke County’s Citizen Panel Review Boards.

Phyllis attended Jacksonville State University and Auburn University in Alabama where she majored in Interior Design with a minor in Home Economics.  She was married to her husband, Mike, for 36 years before his passing in 2021. They were foster parents for 11 years and cared for 51 children. Phyllis has one daughter, Eva.

Steve Pierce

Director of Missions

Steve currently serves as the East Georgia Area Team Lead for Perspectives USA. Steve has been joyfully married to Kathy for 36 years and both serve on the prayer team as well as the mission team. He caught the "mission bug" on his trip to Oaxaca, Mexico and is passionate about sharing God’s heart and desire for people of all nations, tongues, and cultures to worship Him and be part of His family and Kingdom. Steve is also committed to helping members of the Body of Christ understand the variety of ways they can participate with God in that work and in identifying their best role in His plan.

Since that first mission trip, Steve and Kathy have been to Brazil, El Salvador, and Jordan. Steve previously served in the US Air Force and as a pastor in a small Georgia church. In their free time he and Kathy enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, exploring waterfalls, cooking, and reading.

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Judy Childs

Director of Strategic Placement and Leadership Support

Judy is married to her beloved husband, Mark, of 38 years. They are parents to Christa and Josh, in-laws to Allan and Hannah, and grandparents to their “grand-loves”, Hallie Grace and Maddie Brooke. Judy is a life-long learner, educator and educational administrator. She received her B.S.Ed. from Georgia Southern University, her M.Ed. from UGA, and her Ed.S from Lincoln Memorial University. Her life’s mission is to daily live out Jesus’ greatest commandment; to “love the Lord and to love others” (Matthew 22:37-39), living by the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Judy loves leading mission trips, reading, hanging out with family and friends and being outdoors whenever she can.

Emily Caldwell

Assistant to Children's Ministry Coordinator

Emily started helping in children’s ministry as a young lady.  She helped lead church camps, VBS, and growing up she spent most of her summers travelling all over Georgia spreading God's word.  Emily is from Tallapoosa in west Georgia.  She has been attending Living Hope since 2021.  She started volunteering in the Living Hope KIDS Children's Ministry in 2021, and in 2022 God opened the door for her to join the part-time staff at Living Hope.  One of Emily's favorite Bible verses is Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”  Emily faithfully prays this over the children and wants to see the children live out the life that God has planned for each one.   

Darren Orr

Director of Technical Ministries

Darren grew up around Atlanta, GA studied photography and music recording along with business management at The Art Institute of Atlanta and Kennesaw State University.  He enjoys the outdoors, Bible studies, and music creation.  Darren is married to an amazing wife Kayleanna Orr.  He is a son, a brother, a husband, and a God fearing lover of Jesus Christ.

Stephanie Gibson

Administrative Assistant to Pastor David

Stephanie was raised in southeastern Kentucky before moving to Athens in 2018.  Beginning in 2020, God used Living Hope to lead her out of a lifestyle of legalism and religion and into a loving and intimate relationship with Him. She has a heart for serving others, discipleship, and helping others walk out of religion and into a relationship with Christ. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English (2017) from Union College in Barbourville, KY, and so loves to help others develop and strengthen their writing skills. She also loves reading, cooking, her dog, and listening to music. Her life-verse is Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (NIV).

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Pastor David Holt

Senior Pastor & Founder

Dr. David Holt has been married to Dede for 35 years and they have four children and 3 grandchildren.  He has been a pastor for over 30 years. David has earned degrees from the University of Georgia (BBA; 1983), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MDiv and ThM, 1990) and Trinity International University (DMN, 2005).

 

Pastor David served as a college pastor for four years at Grace Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota; the Senior Pastor for 17 years at the First Evangelical Free Church, Onalaska, Wisconsin; and the Pastor of Discipleship at Watkinsville First Baptist for four years.  He is the author of five books: “Meeting You Where You Are,” “Pastoring with Passion,” "Serving with Passion," "Well Done," and "God Does What?"

Shanon Hayes

Shanon is married to Cathy and they have two sons – William, Liberty University graduate, and Samuel, Emmanuel College graduate, and a "daughter in love" Grace.  Shanon was previously a pastor in Chatsworth, GA, Eastanollee, GA, and Hull, GA. Shanon attended Tennessee Temple and Covington Theological Seminary. Currently, Shanon and his wife Cathy both serve on the staff at Living Hope.  Shanon loves spending time with his best friend Cathy and their sons at the beach, or on the farm, and serving the Lord together.

Robert Sekandi

Robert was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda, and graduated from Makerere University of Uganda, with a degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting. He has been married to Dr Juliet Sekandi for 14 years. They have five girls and one son.

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David Russell

David has been married to Kim for 32 years and they have 5 children and two grandsons. He recently retired from UGA as a carpenter after 26 years. David enjoys working on the family farm, being outdoors and meeting new people.

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Ralph Motsinger Adv. Elder

Ralph has been married to Lavon for 61 years, has 2 sons, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He has a doctorate in Plant Pathology from Auburn. He was on the faculty at Univ. of Maryland, Auburn Univ., L.S.U.; College of Agriculture, Malaysia, & UGA. He and Lavon were missionaries to Honduras for 5 years.

Jeff Paulk Adv. Elder

Jeff has been married to Janet for 30 years and has two sons and an adopted daughter. Jeff was an F-16 pilot in the USAF for 24 years and retired as a Colonel. He played on the 1980 UGA National Championship football team. He currently owns his own consulting business and is the head football coach for Johnson Ferry Christian Academy in Marietta Georgia.

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