Staff

Nicole King

Website & Communications Coordinator
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As the Website & Communications Coordinator, Nicole manages Hope’s website and writes the twice monthly e-newsletter. She also has the privilege of working with individuals at Hope to create a digital story about their faith or other significant life experience.

Nicole received a BA in Philosophy from Wheaton College and a Masters in Communications from the University of Denver. She lives in the Denver neighborhood of Harvey Park with her husband, daughter, and two stepsons. Nicole is happiest when reading a good book, engaged in deep conversation, or savoring one of the many culinary delicacies cooked up by her husband.

Anna McMichael

Director of Community Life & Kids' Ministry
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As the Director of Community Life, Anna brings leadership to the Kids’ Ministry, Prayer Ministry, Congregational Care, Discipleship Groups and Affinity Groups. In addition to her role as Director, she also serves as an Inner Healing Prayer Facilitator for the Hope Prayer Ministry. Anna’s professional background is in Early Childhood Education and she has a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management.
 
Anna and her husband, Kevin, live in Littleton and love being part of the Hope community. Anna enjoys reading, journaling, making up recipes, and evening walks with her husband. In August of 2013 God blessed them with a daughter, Gracelyn!

Jay Oertli

Congregational Care Pastor
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Pastor Jay Oertli brings years of pastoral experience to his position at Hope Community Church.  In addition to serving as Pastor for Congregational Care, he also leads the Missions Team.  Jay has been a pastor for 41 years, serving both as a senior pastor and as an associate.  He started out in the business world, earning an MBA in Accounting from the University of Denver, and then became a pastor after earning a Masters of Divinity from Denver Seminary.  Jay retired as an Army National Guard chaplain and now serves part-time as a chaplain for six businesses.

Jay and his wife Marti have two children, Susie and Danny, who are both actively involved in Christian ministry with their spouses and children.  Jay loves fly fishing, reading, and sports.

Carole Ann Risser

Ministry & Office Administrator
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As Ministry & Office Administrator, Carole Ann serves the Hope Leadership Team in various ways. On a weekly basis, she manages communication with the Kids’ Ministry volunteers and their monthly schedule. Other tasks and projects vary depending on the season and the need.

Carole Ann received a BS in Interior Design from Texas Christian University (GO FROGS), and worked professionally in the commercial interior design field for 10+ years. After becoming a mom of two in 2016, she was blessed with the opportunity to stay at home her kids. Carole Ann enjoys going for a run, coffee with a friend and being with her family.

Seth Slay

Equipping Worship Leader
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As Hope’s Equipping Worship Leader, Seth not only leads worship on Sunday mornings, but also trains and disciples others to develop their musical gifts so they can also take part in music ministry. Seth started playing guitar when he was 12 and has been playing with worship bands and leading worship ever since.

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas, Seth has lived in Denver with his wife Hannah and two sons since the summer of 2016. Seth loves a good long hike in the mountains, playing superheroes with his kids, and going on adventures with his wife!

Arik Stewart

Executive & Youth Pastor
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As the Executive Pastor of Hope Community Church, Arik oversees all of the business aspects of our organization. He is responsible for our annual budgeting and daily financial operations; maintaining and improving our building and grounds, our adjacent rental property and our park; leasing parts of our 31,000-square-foot building to churches and non-profits that align with Hope’s mission and beliefs; coordinating volunteer teams for our Sunday morning worship service and various ministry functions during the week. Arik is also Hope’s Youth Pastor. In youth ministry, he leads a team of adult volunteers who use weekly youth group gatherings, special events, and one-on-one discipleship to encourage and equip our teenagers to live life with Jesus and for Jesus.

Arik grew up in a suburb of Denver and was a part of Hope Community Church with his family for over a decade. He holds a degree in International Business from the University of Denver and lives in the neighborhood with his wife, Leah. Arik thrives on creativity. He pursues drawing, painting, photography, woodworking and creative writing.

Dean Wertz

Lead Pastor
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As Lead Pastor for Hope Community Church, Dean seeks to abide in Jesus and encourage others to do the same. Dean learned about and was amazed by Jesus was when he was 12 years old. Soon after, he was compelled to become a lifelong learner and follower of Jesus. After high school, Dean moved to Chicago where he earned a BA in Biblical Theology from Moody Bible Institute. After seeing God’s heart for people of all nations during a mission trip to the Congo, he moved to Denver where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary. He is currently in the thesis phase of the Doctor of Ministry program at Denver Seminary.

Dean and his wife Rebecca have two children, Maggie and James. The Wertz’s live in Platt Park and have been with Hope since it was formed in 1999. Dean enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, organizational leadership and rough carpentry—especially when he can do these things with his family!

Rebecca Wertz

Cleaning, Decor, and Events Coordinator
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Rebecca has the privilege — and challenge — of keeping this big old historic church building looking good. She oversees the cleaning, decorating, and renovations of the church, and also oversees all events that are hosted at Hope. Naturally artistic, Rebecca loves painting and calligraphy. Her skills have been employed all around the church property, where you’ll find carefully crafted signs and hand-painted art.

The daughter of missionaries, Rebecca was born and raised in Taiwan. She moved to Colorado when she was 15, and has been part of Hope since its beginning in 1999. Aside from painting, one of her favorite things to do is go for long hikes in the foothills. She and her husband Dean live in Platt Park with their two children, Maggie and James.

Dana Yost

Prayer Ministry Director
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As the Director of Prayer Ministry, Dana meets regularly with individuals to facilitate inner healing prayer, and is also involved in the mentoring, training, and supervising of new prayer ministry facilitators. She has a BA in Social Science & Education and an Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies. Dana taught Junior and Senior High School for 5 years before becoming involved in ministry. She also served on the mission field in Guatemala, Central America where she counseled in a Christian drug and alcohol rehab center and taught Finding Freedom seminars.

A Denver native, Dana has enjoyed being back in the Denver area since joining the staff at Hope in 2001. Her hobbies include boogie boarding, hiking, and par 3 golf.