Jonathan Dennis grew up as a pastor's kid in Georgia, Kansas, and (mostly) Cleveland, Ohio. Despite Jonathan's strenuous objections (after experiencing church trauma and depression in middle school), God called Jonathan into the ministry in his late teens. He began pursuing an education in Biblical Studies at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. He graduated in 2011 and went on to receive a Master's in Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2017. Jonathan has been in the EPC (our church's denomination) since 2010, serving as a Family Ministries Director and Senior Pastor.
While at Grove City, Jonathan met his wife Sarah. They have been married since 2011 and have three kids, Aletheia, Caedan and Finn. Sarah is a photographer and gifted conversationalist. She loves coffee and having people nearby with whom to share it. Aletheia (Thia) loves drawing and make believe. She tells wonderful stories, has strong opinions and loves Star Wars and dragon stories. Caedan skipped learning to climb, instead he learned to run fast enough that when he ran into something he would catapult himself onto it. This serves as a metaphor for his personality. Finn loves laughing and making strange noises.
Jonathan loves reading books of all sorts of genres, playing all kinds of sports (at a mediocre-at-best talent level), biking or kayaking in the country, and completing items on his to-do lists. Jon has been taught long-suffering by being a Cleveland sports fan. Jon came to Hope because of the church's clear humility, thoughtfulness, love of the Lord and His Word, and excitement for their community. But the biggest reason was that he and Sarah love the people of the church and believe in their vision for the future and are excited to be a part of it.
Chrishon Ducker [pronounced Krish-OHN] grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He is an avid sports fan, playing soccer, golf, and surfing in his youth. Chrishon received a BA degree from Winthrop University (‘94) where he studied history and political science. It was there, at Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), that the Lord brought Chrishon to the saving knowledge of Christ.
Chrishon met his wife, Danielle at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis MO. They were married in 1997 and graduated from CTS together in 2000; Chrishon with a Masters in Divinity and Danielle with a Masters in Theological Studies.
Chrishon and Danielle have two teenage children. Charissa [pronounced Kar-iss-ah] is a college freshman and attends the University of Mary Washington. CJ is a high school junior and attends Riverbend High School. They are both kind and creative.
CJ loves singing, playing guitar, frisbee, soccer, and kids. Charissa loves music, writing, and organizing.
Director of Children's Ministry
Melissa is a wife and mother of two awesome teenage boys. 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 a minor in music. Melissa previously 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.
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. Bryan has 16 years of experience working with children and youth in both church and camp ministry settings. 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 Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary, in Washington D.C.
TERRY JO SHACKELFORD
Audio Visual Specialist