Hope Community Church
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Our Leaders

Wayne (Lead Pastor) & Ollie Okamoto
Wayne: B.S. in Biology from Penn State, MDiv. from Trinity, 19 yrs. on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (including 3 yrs. with Church Dynamics), 5½ yrs. on staff with the Village Church of Gurnee, started Hope Community Church in 2004. Loves to run & eat, fish & eat, watch college football & eat, & eat.

Ollie: B.S. in Psychology from Georgia Southern, 21 yrs. on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (including 3 yrs. with Church Dynamics). Loves to be outside, garden, read, be with people, and experiment with cooking (did you ever have roasted kale chips?).

Children: Hannah, Christin, & Justin

“I’m excited to see God touch and change lives here at Hope! I’m also grateful for the wonderful community of people He has brought together. There is no greater joy than doing life together with people you love!”

Wayne Okamoto


Jim & Cheryl Stewart (Worship Directors)
Jim and Cheryl both came to Christ at young ages and immediately began to answer the calls on their lives that would, by God’s wonderful grace, bring them together not only in ministry, but as husband and wife.

Before coming to Hope, Jim and Cheryl had both been involved in Christian work and music. Cheryl graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a major in music and Jim co-founded the group “Providence.”  For over 10 years, they held evangelistic concerts throughout the Midwest in a variety of concert venues, high schools, camps, and churches, as well as ministering to maximum security inmates at the Cook County Jail and leading worship weekly for the recruits at Great Lakes Naval Training Center.  They have been with Hope for over 8 years and love to lead God's people in lifting up the name of Jesus in worship and praise.

Jim is also a Biblical Counselor. He has a heart for hurting people and is presently involved in counseling couples who are struggling in their marriage, folks dealing with depression, and men struggling with a variety of addictions.

Ministry Leaders Team (leaders of specific ministries):

Wayne Okamoto (Children’s Ministry)
Jim Blackwell (Men’s Ministry)
Karen Clements (Women's Ministry)
Gail Seiver (Prayer Ministry)
Tony Raymond (High School/Middle School Ministry)
Ollie Okamoto (Nursery/Preschool Ministry)
Michele Raymond (Nursery/Preschool Ministry)

Brian Clements (Financial Team)
Jean Raine (Welcome Ministry)

Elder Board:

Brian Clements                   Brandon Boyd                 

Kelly Griffin                       Wayne Okamoto

 Shepherds Team (adult small group leaders):

Brandon & Riyanti Boyd
Brian & Karen Clements
Kelly & Beth Griffin
Wayne & Ollie Okamoto