Pastor Aaron Reyes (B.S., Wheaton College; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is a second-generation Mexican American and the Lead Pastor of Hope Community Church. Aaron also serves as Dean of Vida House, a theological training facility in East Austin for POC ministry leaders who desire to pursue vocational ministry within their community. His own research and speaking engagements focus on the story arcs of immigration, redemption, and justice throughout the Bible. Moreover, Aaron is passionate about seeing (new) churches strengthened in the gospel of God’s kingdom. As such, he joyfully serves on the board of The Crete Collective. A native Austinite, he lives in Manor with his wife, Michelle, and their two kids, Azariah and Ava.
Mia was born in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines and grew up in Fayetteville, AR. She earned her BS in biochemistry at Baylor University while volunteering in local children’s ministries including Mission Waco, King’s Club, and church.
Her clinical laboratory work in genetic, prenatal testing combines her passions for science and maternal/infant health. In her free time she enjoys painting, running, and dreaming of winning Survivor with her husband, Caleb.
scholar in residence
Dr. Michelle Reyes is an Indian American author, speaker, and activist. She has a Ph.D. in 18th-Century German Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a focus on folklore, storytelling and narrative justice. She continues to write and speak on issues of justice, culture, faith and identity now within full-time vocational ministry. She is also currently writing a book with Zondervan on cross-cultural relationships, and her work has appeared with Christianity Today Women, ERLC, SheLoves Magazine, The Immigration Coalition, (in)courage and Thi
James Gómez is a Mexican and Israeli American and Associate Minister at Hope Community Church. James was raised in inner-city San Antonio, TX and loves the Spurs, street tacos, and all things Tex-Mex. James has earned an M.A.R in Intercultural Studies and an M.Div in Missional Studies. He has served in a variety of ministry contexts since 2008 ranging from helping plant a Korean church, serving in an inner-city campus of a mega-church, and revitalizing a residency in a predominately African American community in Atlanta, GA. James is passionate about Jesus’ church living out its identity as God’s Kingdom come to earth in word and deed. He is also passionate about urban communities, discipleship, leadership development, culture, and growing as a lifelong learner. James lives in Central Austin with his wife, Angela, and their four kids, Joshua, Noelle, Sydney, and James Jr.
Katie is a mixed Vietnamese/White Houston native and leads the joint Youth Ministry between Hope and COTC, serving & loving 6th-12th graders in East Austin. She is currently completing an M.A. in Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary, and earned her B.A. in English with teacher certification from Texas State University.
Katie is passionate about engaging in the work to care & advocate for the historically unseen and marginalized. She also particularly enjoys studying, discipling, and teaching surrounding issues of biblical sexuality, justice, and unity through diversity. You can typically find Katie consuming books like they’re chips, kayaking on the nearest body of water, running, or enjoying a good cup of coffee & conversation!
Mallory Garcia was born and raised in Texas and grew up in Temple, Texas, just north of Austin. She earned her B.S. in Kinesiology at Texas A&M University and completed her M.S. in Special Education at Texas Women University. With a background in teaching, Mallory has a love for kids, youth, and adults of all ages. She currently volunteers at a local non-profit, RBI Austin, coaching and mentoring student athletes.
She is passionate about serving, building relationships, and seeing others find true healing through the gospel. She is married to the most amazing, Andres Garcia and enjoys baking, playing tennis, and finding the best ice cream in Austin.
young adult minister
Frank Espinoza serves as the Director for Young Adult Ministry which includes college and college-aged individuals. Born and raised in San Antonio, TX, he is a proud Tejano (Mexican-American Texan) who loves the Spurs, his family, and playing sports. After graduating from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Political Communication, Frank has served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a college campus ministry, for the last 4 years. Specifically, he’s worked with their LaFe (Latino Fellowship) department to serve and create contextualized outreach and discipleship tools for Latino students. He is passionate about helping all young people discover and become the women and men God is creating them to be—given their unique backgrounds, experiences, and ethnic identities.
Maria De Jesus Dixon
immigration advocacy minister
Maria de Jesus Dixon (B.S. and B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; M.S. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) is the Immigration Advocacy Minister for Hope Community Church, a Digital Discipleship Administrator for Rainbow Park Baptist Church in Georgia, and is currently pursuing her M.Div. at Gateway Seminary. Maria left a career in higher education administration to pursue Seminary last year with the goal of serving and ministering to the children and parents who were separated at the border. Maria moved to Texas from Washington state this past summer and is completing her seminary practicum establishing an Immigrant Hospitality ministry for Hope, which aims to include ESL and citizenship classes, a food pantry, and a community clothing closet. Maria has experience being an executive board member with the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention, a youth leader in cross-cultural settings, has served as a Sunday school teacher, a treasurer for various churches and the Lakeland Baptist Association, and possesses extensive non-profit board experience. A native of San Antonio, Maria lives in Pflugerville with her husband Brian, are empty nesters, and are enjoying their golden-doodle puppy, T’Challa.
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music director | elder
Josh Posada is the Music Director at Hope Community Church. He is from McAllen, Texas but has lived in Austin since 2011 to pursue his love for music. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Music in 2015, Josh became the Music Director of a local east Austin church where he developed in how he lead people in worship of Jesus.
He has been married to his amazing wife, Crystal since July 2018. Josh is passionate about encouraging the congregation to join him in singing praises to the Lord on Sundays, to worship however they feel led and to submit their entire lives to God as an act of worship.
Josh loves to watch The Office with his wife, play basketball on the weekends and watch anime when he has some free time.