Ryan Lokkesmoe [pronounced lox-mō] grew up in Carrollton, Texas where he met his wife Ashley at their church youth group. They were married in 2006, and then lived for five years in Boston and Denver while Ryan was in grad school. They have two kids, Luke and Nora, and are glad to be raising them in Texas!
Ryan earned his PhD in New Testament at the University of Denver, and his Master’s degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He teaches as an adjunct professor at The Bible Seminary, and is the author of several books:
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!
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.
Rachel Justice was born and raised in central Texas. She started serving in children’s Sunday School classes when she was 10 years old and has been working with children and youth groups ever since. Rachel earned her degree in Elementary Education from Texas A&M University in 2002. Before starting her work with Real Hope, Rachel was a teacher for 15 years, teaching children all subjects ranging from 3rd grade through junior high. She even got to spend a year teaching in Switzerland.
Rachel met her husband, Jeff, while attending Texas A&M University in College Station and they have two children, Will and Riley. Having been part of the Real Hope launch team in 2016, the Justices are one of the founding families of our church.
Rachel loves all things Disney, musical theatre, reading, traveling, and exploring historical places.