Get to know the members of our staff!

  • Pastor James Fernandez

    Pastor James and his wife Jackie joined Hope in September 2020.  He has been in the pastoral ministry for ten years, serving in Iowa and Denver.  You can listen to Pastor James and his podcast team weekly on "Scripture on the Go."  Pastor and Jackie have developed a love for equipping God's people to love those around them through the Pastoral Leadership Institute Missional Leader and Leadership Essentials learning communities.  Through these courses, they have grown in their understanding that building meaningful relationships with people goes hand-in-hand with making disciples.  They are excited to be in Florida with their dog and three cats and to serve alongside Hope!

    Pastor can be reached at

  • Music director - Kathy Burrier

    Kathy has been involved in our music ministry for several years and has a passion for leading God's people in worship. She has taught in the Brevard School system and has influenced many students as they develop their musical abilities! 

  • Deaconess - Lois Diebel

    Deaconess Lois Diebel graduated from St. Paul's in Concordia MO and from Valpraiso University in IN (BA in Theology). She received deaconess certification and is a member of the Concordia Deaconess Conference since 2000. She has served with Bethesda Lutheran Communities, the Wisconsin District, and congregations in the Florida-Georgia District and SELC District. 

    Deaconess Lois can be reached at

  • Church Administrator and DCE - Jackie Fernandez

    Jackie is Hope's Administrative Assistant. She attended Concordia University (Seward) and has Master's Certification as a Director of Christian Education (DCE). She has experience in Small Groups, Youth, Sunday School, VBS, Midweek Women's Programing and Outreach. As an administrator Jackie is available to help with any office needs you may have; she can be reached at As a member of Hope, Jackie has been enjoying participating in outreach efforts and is currently working to get Sunday School and VBS back up and running.