What to expect at Real Hope
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What is your Sunday service like?
At Real Hope you'll find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We worship together through music, prayer, hearing a biblical message, and giving. Sometimes we do other stuff like communion and baptism. Our service lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes.
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. If you want to dress up for church – great! If you want to dress casually – also great!
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?
There are several ways to get involved at Real Hope. In addition to attending regularly on Sundays, the best place to start is our monthly Newcomers Dinner. You can also join a Community Group or Serve on a Team.
How do I join Real Hope or become a member?
At Real Hope, we think of membership as joining our family – involving both a sense of belonging as well as shared responsibility. You can read about our mission and family values on this page. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Real Hope family, the first step is to attend our next Newcomers Dinner. (Note: you do not have to become a Real Hope family member to serve or join a Community Group).
Mission & Family Values
We exist to join Jesus in his mission to transform lives.
REAL HOPE FAMILY VALUES
- We view everything through the lens of the gospel.
- We share leadership.
- We are a friend to people who are far from God.
- We are a friend to people who are suffering.
- We are a friend to people who are different from us.
How does this look at Real Hope?
We speak grace and truth into the struggles of life. We look to the Scriptures for our understanding of God and ourselves. We embrace God’s agenda above our own. We are a safe place to ask real questions. We act as ambassadors of Christ to the world around us. We discover and use the gifts God has given us. We trust God in all areas of our lives. We give generously to God’s global mission. We support new churches. We are a voice of unity and reconciliation, not division and condemnation. We walk with people who are hurting. We celebrate life change!
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.
Real Hope is a part of the Bent Tree Network and ARC. We also have a broad, informal network of friends in ministry in our city and around the world (e.g. pastors, churches, non-profits etc.). Real Hope is not affiliated with any denomination.
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 kids, Luke and Nora. Prior to Real Hope, Ryan served in a variety of ministry roles including youth, worship, and small group ministries.
Ryan earned his Master’s degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his PhD in New Testament at the University of Denver. He is the author of Paul and His Team: What the Early Church Can Teach Us About Leadership and Influence (Moody Publishers), and Blurry: Bringing Clarity to the Bible (CLC Publications). Ryan has also written bible study curricula for LifeWay and academic articles for the Lexham Bible Dictionary.
Ryan loves books, music, history, 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 her Master’s in Applied Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute. She has guest posted on various ministry and leadership blogs and authored Too Blessed to Say Yes (CLC Publications).
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 east of Dallas with his adopted family in a small town calls Wills Point. He met his wife, Marin, at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. 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. His greatest passion has been music and songwriting since he was four years old, and has been serving in churches since he was a preteen.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree for Biblical Studies and Pastoral Ministry from the College of Biblical Studies. It's his desire at Real Hope to encourage people to delight in the knowledge of God, and freely worship in spirit and truth that comes from faith and love for God.
Caleb enjoys songwriting and learning to master as many musical instruments as he can, storytelling, visiting museums, losing at games, watching movies of (almost) all sorts, and attending and playing concerts.
Eian Garcia was born in Rosenberg, TX. He married his wife, Leslie Garcia, in 1999 and they have two children, Maegan and Eithan. Eian has served in ministry since 2011 in different roles including children and youth ministries.
Eian is currently enrolled in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary pursuing a degree in biblical studies.
In his free time, Eian loves spending time with his family, watching movies, and going on long runs. He loves cars, music, and even plays a little guitar.
Rachael Soroski was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but has lived in the Houston area for the past 12 years where she was homeschooled 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, she loves just having a cup of tea and cuddling with her dog, Anna!
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.