Hope Community Church
Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Our Leaders

Back Row (L to R): Wayne and Ollie Okamoto, Jean Raine, Kati Quigley, Mel Now 
Middle Row (L to R): Tony Raymond, Kelly and Beth Griffin, Jim Blackwell, Gary Grant
Front Row (L to R): Michele Raymond, Karen Clements, Gail Seiver, Jim and Cheryl Stewart
Not Pictured:  Brian Clements
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), 7 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 15 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.


Elder Board:

        Gary Grant, Head Elder      Travis Brown  

        Brian Clements                  Mark Ingrum

        Jim Stewart                       Wayne Okamoto

Ministry Leaders Team (leaders of specific ministries):
  • Beth Griffin (Discipleship)
  • Brian Clements (Financial Team)
  • Cheryl Stewart (Worship)
  • Jim Stewart & Mary Skelton (Prayer Ministry)
  • Jim Stewart (Men’s Ministry)
  • Jean Raine (Welcome Ministry)
  • Jim Stewart (Set Up/Tear Down Team)
  • Karen Clements & Mellarie Now (Women's Ministry)
  • Derek Kreiner (Youth Ministry)
  • Lori Alcorn (Nursery/Preschool & Elementary)
  • Ollie Okamoto (Discipleship)
  • Wayne Okamoto (Small Groups | Discipleship)
Shepherds Team (adult small group leaders):

Brian & Karen Clements          Jim Stewart
Kelly & Beth Griffin                 Mel Now
Wayne & Ollie Okamoto          Gary Grant