OUR TEAM

AARON REYES

lead pastor

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. Aaron is the co-founder of The Art of Taleh, a Christian collective of diverse voices that thoughtfully discuss the details of God’s word. A native Austinite, he lives in East Austin with his wife, Michelle and their two kids, Azariah and Ava.

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CARLA HERNANDEZ

children’s ministry director

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¡Mucho gusto! I grew up in Eagle Pass, a small town on the Southwest Texas border with Mexico. Spending much of my time outside in the garden with my family or cooling off in the river, I cultivated a curious and adventurous mind. My wonder and enthusiasm for learning led me to study Biology at UT Austin (hook ‘em), which is how I got connected to the people at Hope a few years back!

As the Hope Kids director, my desire is to convey the glorious wonder of God and His Creation to young minds so that they may grown in love for Him. The scriptures abound in promises for our children and we also have a lot to learn through their lives (Matthew 18:3). Kids make up an integral component of our church family today.

Beyond serving in children’s ministry, I enjoy reading, playing tennis, and making my friends and family laugh! You’re most likely to run into me at a coffee shop or at your neighborhood taco stand.

MICHELLE REYES

fellowship coordinator

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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 WomenERLCSheLoves MagazineThe Immigration Coalition(in)courage and Think Christian, among others. Michelle is the co-founder of The Art of Taleh, and serves as its editor. She also serves as the Fellowship Coordinator at HCC, and is married to Aaron.

TOMMY CLEAVES

youth director

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Hello! My name is Tommy Cleaves and I work with Unite: Youth Group here at HCC! I live in central Austin and I work for Young Life in East Austin running the ministry at LBJ and LASA High Schools. I got certified to teach through my major at UT (hook ’em) but ended up deciding to go into full-time ministry after graduation.

Needless to say, God has given me a pretty big passion for students! I know how big of a role godly men and women played in my life growing up, so I am incredibly grateful that God has given me opportunities to have the same impact in other students’ lives and to help them know Jesus better.

On top of that I have a huge desire to know and teach the Word of God. Combine that with a passion for students and you have what Unite is all about! We do life together in Christian community, study the Bible, and grow in our faith.

When I’m not with students, I love to spend time with friends and family, to read, exercise, and play drums. And occasionally I like to make a trip up to my hometown just outside of Dallas to visit my family.

FRANK ESPINOZA

director for young adult ministry

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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.

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RONDELL TREVINO

associate pastor | elder

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Rondell Treviño is the Associate Pastor of Hope Community Church and the Founder/Director of The immigration Coalition—which exists to provide biblically balanced resources on Immigration that shows compassion to immigrants and respect for the rule of law.  Rondell speaks on issues of Immigration from a biblical perspective at Churches, organizations, and conferences throughout the country, and meets with legislators on how to better create, implement, and sustain just and good Immigration policies and practices geared toward the flourishing of society. Rondell received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Belhaven University (2014), and a Master of Divinity from Capital Seminary and Graduate School (2016). Rondell is happily married to Laura Treviño, and is the proud father to Sofia Treviño and Charlotte Treviño.

MATT PRICE

elder

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JEFF JOHNSON

creative arts & music director | elder

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Born in Kerala, India, I came to the US at the age of 2. I’ve lived in Chicago, Detroit, South Bend, Queens NY, and Mineola NY. I’ve moved around quite a bit, and it’s shaped who I am. Growing up in a Pastor’s home I quickly observed and learned the importance of serving God in every aspect of my life. Whether it’s leading worship, or doing creative work, I always enjoy being an active part of the Church family and pointing people to Jesus.

I love being creative. In 2010 I received my BFA in Design & Technology from Parson’s School of Design in NYC. After working in the design industry for over 10 years, I started my own creative agency – dotted8.

I’m married to a beautiful Honduran – Dana Johnson. I have two dogs – Sparrow & Autumn and I love the L.A. Lakers and the N.Y. Giants. If you want me to do something, get me a pack of Lifesaver Gummies.

JOSH POSADA

music director | elder

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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.

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