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
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.
I grew up in the Washington, DC area and went to college in Pennsylvania. After college I moved to Germany where I lived for 5+ years, was baptized and met my husband. A year after returning to the States, he followed, and we were married 9 months later. We have lived in CT, MA, AZ and, since 2010, in Austin, TX. Our daughter and son were born while we lived in the Boston area.
Just as homeschooling our children came to an end for me (youngest graduated high school in 2020), God provided the opportunity to help with administrative tasks at Hope Community Church. In addition to my work for Hope, I enjoy volunteering for a couple of local non-profit organizations in Austin.
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.
creative arts & music director | elder
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.
bio coming soon…