What to expect at Real Hope
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What is your Sunday service like?
Every Sunday at Real Hope you'll find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with meaningful worship and a relevant, Biblical message. We will sing some songs, pray together, hear a message, and head home no later than 11:15am.
What will happen when I visit for the first time?
If you are visiting for the first time, we will not embarrass you, have you stand up, or ask you to give money. We know that many people just want to check out the church and that’s fine with us! You will have the chance to fill out a guest card, but no pressure. We welcome you as our guests, and we want you to feel free to explore whether Real Hope might be the church for your family.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever is comfortable for you. We care less about what you wear and more about that fact that you are here!
What about my kids?
At Real Hope your kids are a top priority. All of our Real Hope Kids environments are clean, safe, and staffed with loving leaders that have been through extensive background checks and training. We offer dynamic programming for all kids through 8th grade on Sunday mornings.
Our High School students are encouraged to join our adults in the worship center for a message relevant to their lives.
How do I meet people and get connected?
Who We Are
We exist to be continually transformed by the Gospel and share the REAL HOPE of Jesus Christ with the world around us.
A bible-based, Christ-centered, Outreach-Oriented church
The Bible is the basis for everything we believe and everything we do. It is our starting and ending point when it comes to understanding God and his will for our lives.
The heart of Christianity is the saving work of Christ on the cross. We will never lose sight of Jesus in everything that we do.
The Church is called to share the good news of Christ with the world and to meet the physical needs in Jesus' name. We are called to do both of these things in our local context as well as in communities around the world. To that end, a minimum of 10% of our annual budget is allocated for outreach.
We love God and we love people. Our society is in constant conversation about the nature of truth and how to find meaning in life. We desire to be loving and authentic participants in those conversations, striving to embody the grace and truth of Jesus Christ. We want to be a safe place where anyone from any background can come and wrestle with honest questions about faith.
We also celebrate life change! On Sundays you'll notice two fixtures on our stage: a cross and a box. In the box are names of people we are praying for - friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers who have yet to encounter the love of Jesus. We joyfully add a glass tile to our cross each time someone places their faith in Christ at Real Hope.
our leadership structure
At Real Hope, we have 3 overlapping spheres of leadership and accountability.
- Pastoral Staff: The pastoral staff provides spiritual leadership and organizational direction for Real Hope, overseeing the day to day ministry operations.
- Elders: The Elders oversee the finances of the church, and provide prayer support and spiritual leadership for Real Hope.
- Overseers: The overseers are three experienced pastors of other churches who have agreed to provide support and accountability for the Lead Pastor of Real Hope.
For a more detailed explanation of this leadership structure, click here to view our bylaws.
It all started at a church leadership conference that Ryan, Jenny and roughly 7,000 other church leaders attended in Atlanta back in 2014. At this conference, one of the speakers posed this question: What breaks your heart?
The speaker was making the point that our ministries should reflect our answers to that question, because God breaks our heart with aspects of his plan that we are meant to address.
For Jenny, the answer was people who are vulnerable and marginalized due to poverty and other social challenges beyond their control. Jenny and her family felt called to be a part of a church that loved those people in tangible ways like Jesus did.
For Ryan, the answer was people who have doubts about God, or who feel that the Church is no longer relevant – that it’s a fossil of something that used to have meaning. Ryan and his family felt called to be a part of a church that took seriously the big questions of this generation, and lovingly pointed people to the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.
A year and a half later that question was still heavy on their hearts and echoing in their minds. As their two families prayed about how God might want them to act on these issues, he began to open their eyes to the many physical and spiritual needs of West Houston. God gave them a vision for a church that would be a safe place for people to wrestle with the deep issues of faith. He showed them how a church could uniquely address the real physical needs of this area. God gave them a glimpse of how a church could radiate the real, living hope of Christ into the community.
By the summer of 2015, after many months of prayer and seeking God’s direction, it was clear they were being called to start a new local church.
On August 7th, 2015 the Lokkesmoe and Jones families answered God’s call to start a new local church that would be a beacon of hope in the West Houston/Fort Bend County areas. Real Hope Community Church was born.
Ryan Lokkesmoe grew up in the Dallas area, where he met his wife Ashley in their high school youth group. They were married in 2006 and have two beautiful children, Luke and Nora. Prior to Real Hope, Ryan served in a variety of ministry roles since 2000, including youth, worship, and discipleship ministries.
Ryan earned his Master’s degree in New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his PhD in Biblical Studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of Blurry: Bringing Clarity to the Bible and has written for LifeWay, Relevant Magazine, and Patheos Evangelical.
Music is a big part of Ryan’s life. He has played in many bands through the years (guitar and drums) and is a big fan of The Beatles. Ryan is a history buff, roots for the Boston Red Sox, and follows current events closely. More than anything, he enjoys spending time with his family.
Jenny Jones believes Houston is the best city on the planet and that is why she has never left! She met her husband, Chad, and added four children to their family all while living in this great city. Before starting her role as the Executive Pastor at Real Hope, Jenny served in full time ministry since 2005.
She earned her BA in Christianity and Political Science from Houston Baptist University and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Applied Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute. She has guest posted on various ministry and leadership blogs and will be releasing her first book in the Fall of 2016.
In her not so free time, she enjoys doing Crossfit and binge watching Netflix – generally not both at the same time. She also has an odd obsession with presidential history and has a goal of visiting every presidential library in her lifetime. And finally, she hopes that despite reading this bio you still give Real Hope Community Church a try!
Percy Hudson was born in Dallas, TX, but spent the majority of his life growing up in a small town 40 miles East called Wills Point with his adopted family. He met his wife, Marin, at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and they were married in 2013 and now have their first child, Knox. Percy has been involved in ministry since 2007 leading and training others in Worship, Small Groups and Next Generation ministries.
Percy earned his Bachelor of Arts in Church History at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and is looking forward to pursuing further education in the near future.
Percy enjoys listening to and playing music, watching cartoons on Saturday mornings, board games, and being around other people.
Caleb Petticrew was born and raised in southwest Houston. He is the second of four children and, alongside his siblings, grew up homeschooled. He first showed interest in music when he began writing songs on piano at the age of four. Since then, it’s remained his greatest interest and investment of time. Ever since he was twelve, he’s been consistently involved in worship leadership for various churches throughout Houston.
Growing up as a part of worship ministries, Caleb has developed a great conviction to serve the church through the means of music. His ambition for Real Hope Community Church is to form an environment full of the truth of God’s goodness, and a joyous and unified community, encouraging others to better know Him, celebrate Him, and trust Him.
Caleb is earning his Bachelors from the College of Biblical Studies, majoring in Biblical Studies and Pastoral Ministries. Caleb enjoys writing songs, painting and storytelling, knows very little about college and professional sports, loves watching movies of all sorts, and attending and playing concerts.
Rachael Soroski was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but has lived in the Houston area for the past 12 years where she was home schooled with her 4 younger siblings. She has been active in church her whole life and has been passionate about serving in ministry from a young age.
At 14 years old, Rachael went on her first international mission trip to India and has returned to serve there six more times! In 2016, she lived in India for six months interning with an organization that employs and educates women from backgrounds of prostitution and trafficking. Since graduating, she has worked with several churches and non-profits. Rachael is passionate about serving others, spreading the gospel, and investing in and connecting with people from all backgrounds.
In her spare time, Rachael enjoys travelling, singing, playing games with her family, and watching a good rugby game. Most of all though, she loves just having a cup of tea and cuddling with her dog, Anna!