Dorington little


Transitional Pastor

Dori is delighted to serve at Hope Church in the role of Transitional Pastor, assisting the Session and congregation as Hope readies itself to seek a new Senior Pastor. With over thirty years of ministry experience leading multi-staff churches in Iowa and Massachusetts, Dori loves to preach the scriptures, mentor, and excite others about the amazing, beautiful, gracious and unparalleled promises God has for His people. Together with his wife Elizabeth, the Littles look forward to the days ahead at Hope Church as God continues the good work already begun and enjoyed by all here at Hope. The Littles’ two daughters live in NYC and their son lives in San Francisco. As you can imagine, being grandparents of three little granddaughters brings them deep joy. In their spare time, in addition to exploring history, traveling, and reading, Dori and Elizabeth love being outdoors experiencing God’s creation in a variety of ways. Dori is a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div), and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (D.Min).


Melissa Kester

Director of Children's Ministry

Melissa is a wife and mother of two awesome boys ages 6 and 8. She loves playing with them in the woods, digging in the dirt, and attempting to grow plants. She was born and raised in Virginia and has a bachelors of science in communication studies and minor in music. Melissa has recently served as the children's program director at The Point Church in Charlottesville, VA, taught piano lessons, run a small home daycare, worked as a leader in vacation Bible school for many years, taught Sunday school, and is excited about what God has in store for the children of Hope Presbyterian. 





Bryan Lees

Director of Youth Ministry

Bryan is the son of a Presbyterian pastor and he still wants to be his dad when he grows up. A native of Pennsylvania, Bryan moved to Virginia when he was a teenager and decided to enroll at the University of Mary Washington here locally in Fredericksburg where he earned his B.A. in history with a concentration in U.S. race relations. Before coming to Hope Bryan served as the Youth Director of New City Fellowship in Fredericksburg and most recently worked as the Program Director at Makemie Woods Camp & Retreat Center outside of Williamsburg, VA. When he's not hanging out with the youth of Hope Pres you can usually find Bryan outside hiking, exploring new places, cheering on his Green Bay Packers, or thumbing through three or four good books as he slowly makes his way towards his Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary, D.C.



Office Administrator


Laurie Walter

Finance Clerk


amy elliott

Worship Leader


alyssa irby

Choir Director


cheryl mahoney


clark withers

Director of Worship Technology