Hal is an agent of hope for Jesus. He is passionate about many things: worship, prayer, coffee, volleyball, soccer, hiking and meaningful relationships. Hal’s preaching style centers on bringing prophetic messages of hope. He has served as the Senior Pastor of Hope Church since August 2005. 

    Prior to becoming a pastor, Hal was an elementary teacher and high school soccer coach in Michigan for twelve years. He received his B.A. from Calvin College and Master of Divinity degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He has been an instructor for the Illinois School of Ministry held at Lincoln (IL) Christian University where he teaches classes in the Pentateuch and Paul’s Epistles. Presently he serves as the overseer of 20 churches in Chicago. He also serves in leadership for Convoy of Hope Chicago and Teach Haiti. Hal and his wife, Dawn, have led mission trips to Liberia, Uganda, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, and the Gulf Coast (USA). 

    Together they have partnered with churches in several countries to build several churches and schools. They have five amazing grown children and thirteen awesome grandchildren. 


    Assistant pastor

    My name is Josh Kloes, and I’m the Assistant Pastor at Hope Church. My wife Rachel and I met at this church almost 15 years ago, eventually working together as interns for the youth program while pursuing our ministry degrees. It was as a volunteer at this church that I felt the call to a career of ministry. I received my degree in Christian Ministry and Pastoral Leadership from Trinity International University in Deerfield.

    I enjoy the outdoors, playing sports, coaching basketball, drinking coffee, taking trips to my Grandparents’ farm in WI, and playing with our dogs Jordy and Jinx.

    As the assistant pastor at Hope Church it's my joy and privilege to serve as the coordinator of the Men’s Ministry, Small Groups, and to lead classes at the church. I also love serving the youth of the church. This church has meant so much to my wife and I over the years, and the people here are truly our church family. I’m very blessed to serve in a church that has been such a blessing in my life as well.

    I believe the best years are still to come for Hope Church, and I speak for both Rachel and I when I say that we are honored and excited to be a part of what God has in store. This church is a special place with awesome people, and God has great plans here in the years to come!

  • rachel kloes

    assistant pastor

    My name is Rachel Kloes and I have the honor of serving as an Assistant Pastor at Hope Church. My husband Josh and I have been married since June of 2015 and we have 2 dogs named Jordy and Jinx whom we love very much! We have both grown up in the La Grange/Brookfield area and are both Lyons Township High School graduates! We love Chicago and we love being a part of what God is doing here!

    When it comes to ministry, my passion is to be a part of raising a generation of hopeful believers, in Chicago, that grasp what true love, hope, faith, and self-sacrificing service looks like. I’ve been called to bring Biblical truth and reality to a generation that combats against pop culture and the growing defiance against the Word of God. I love connecting with people and being a part of their spiritual growth; walking alongside each individual as they grow in the Lord and live this life is not only an honor, but it brings me the greatest joy.

    I’m thankful that the Lord has given me opportunities to make this mission possible today and I look forward to the future in which I see it flourish. I have been a part of the Hope Church family since I was only 9 years old and have had the honor to be a part of the church body, leadership, and now staff. I truly consider it my honor to work with this team and I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store!!

  • jordan arias

    children's pastor

    Jordan was raised in Buford, Georgia and graduated from Georgia Gwinnett College with a bachelors in English. She has been married to her husband Ben for nearly 7 wonderful years. Ben and Jordan are both trained as Dinner Church Pastors and are currently attending Illinois School of Ministry to become credentialed ministers with the Assemblies of God. After moving to Ben’s hometown of Chicago in 2015, she managed Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown La Grange. She hosted many author events, led weekly story time, and also coordinated village-wide release parties for popular books. She also served as the retail chair of the La Grange Business Association. Jordan and Ben live in Chicago with their adorable cat, Guppie. Ben and Jordan are very active in the ministries of our church. They love small groups and are the founders and leaders of Taco Church. Ben plays bass guitar on the Hope Worship Team and will be the pastor of Hope Community Dinner Church in Marquette Park when it launches. Jordan has been a dynamic teacher and volunteer in Hope Kids Ministries the past two years. She grew up in church where her father was the Children’s Pastor.

    Jordan is passionate about studying the Bible, running, reading, and writing. Her spiritual gifts include discernment, encouragement, and hospitality. Some causes that are near and dear to her heart include raising awareness of human trafficking, ministering to children of addicts, and loving on those who battle eating disorders. She fully believes that children are powerful intercessors of the Holy Spirit and ought to be held in high esteem in the body of Christ. Welcome Jordan!
  • dawn kooistra

    missions pastor

    My husband Hal (senior pastor) and I have had the joy of leading Hope Church for the past 10 years. During these amazing years God has challenged me and stretched me in ministry. Ever since I first stepped on the soil in Africa, in December of 2005, my heart and vision for the world and our local community has been expanding. Since that day I have had the privilege to go and send teams to Liberia (3), Jamaica, Ireland, Haiti (6), and the USA (Hurricane Katrina & Hurricane Sandy relief). As the local director for Convoy of Hope Chicago, God has enabled me to partner with amazing individuals, churches, ministries, and businesses in the Chicago area. All of this is beyond my wildest dreams and proves that God can use the weak people of this world to confound the strong.

    One of the core values we have as a couple and as a church is that we value relationships! Hal and I have raised 5 amazing children who have in turn given us 13 grandchildren (so far). We are wealthy people because we have had the opportunity to do ministry with each one of our children and we hope to pass this along to all of our grandkids! We love to work on teams, whether with our family or our church family. Life is more exciting when you do it together!

    Some other interesting facts about me? I have a degree in Christian Counseling from Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL. I have been married to my husband Hal for 35 years. We met during a summer ministry internship in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. We have lived in 5 states together; Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Massachusetts, and Illinois. One of my favorite sayings is "if it's not fun, forget it".


    Worship pastor

    My name is Hannah Stanford and I'm the worship pastor at Hope Church. I grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and I graduated from Anderson University in Indiana.

    After college, I lived in Indianapolis where I taught violin and voice lessons, worked at a daycare, and continued my worship leading training. During that season, the Lord prompted me to consider moving to Chicago, and so I prayed into that and gave it my "yes," finding myself connected to Hope Church. I am delighted to serve on the Hope staff and I am full of anticipation for the things God wants to do in Chicago. 

    I believe worship provides a context for encountering the love, power, presence, and person of Jesus Christ. I have a heart to see the people of Chicago, and cities all over, come to experience and know the Lord for themselves.

  • alex liescke

    youth pastor

    My name is Alex Liescke and I have the privilege of being the youth pastor at Hope Church, LaGrange. My wife Stacie and I have been married since August of 2010 and we have two beautiful children Elaina and Asher. I was born and raised in the Chicago area. Over the years I have lived in many places including Colorado, where my wife is from, but we have always felt a call to Chicago! We are called to reach the next generation for Jesus to prepare and equip them for a world that isn’t always easy. Together Stacie and I have over 15 years of ministry experience! We love pouring into the next generation and showing them the love of Jesus. We are honored to be at Hope Church and are excited to see what the Lord has in store for the students of this church!