Our Team

Lead Pastor

Sean Finnegan

Sean Finnegan came on full time in 2005 with a focus on community and international outreach. He’s also the host of Restitutio, a weekly podcast focused on restoring authentic Christianity and living it out today.  He holds a Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) in Early Christian History from Boston University, a BA in Theology from Atlanta Bible College, and a BS in Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Sean's omnivorous appetite has lead him to pursue research in theology, Bible, apologetics, textual criticism, translation, ethics, and church history. However, his greatest passion is the Great Commission--reaching new people with the gospel message and helping Christ-followers deepen their discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20).

Children's Ministry

Ruth Finnegan

Ruth Finnegan has attended Living Hope’s yearly Family Camps and Teen Camps since she was 14 years old. At the age of 22, her desire to be around other believers and a part of a Christian community led her to move closer to Living Hope Community Church. She fell in love with the people at Living Hope and a certain member in particular, Sean Finnegan. They married and have four sons and are blessed to serve together. Ruth coordinates the Children’s Ministry; Sean and Ruth host a weekly Bible fellowship in their home; and she helps to plan the church’s events and meals. She passionately believes that God wants all to be saved and that He works through His people to love and minister to others. She loves bringing people together at the table for good conversations and great food, gardening, adventures with their boys, and sailing with her husband.

Founding Pastor

Vince Finnegan

Vince Finnegan founded Living Hope in 1999 after meeting in homes for more than a decade. In addition to teaching and writing, he works with those in recovery from drugs or alcohol.

Editor

Mimi Finnegan
Video and Social Media

Connie Cortright

After graduating from Bible College and spending several years in ministry work in Illinois, my husband John and I moved to New York’s Capital region in 1989. We were actively involved in home fellowships which became the nucleus of what is today Living Hope Community Church. The first several years after opening our church doors in 1999, I was actively involved in Children’s Fellowship, VBS, and Family Camps. Lately, my main responsibility is coordinating the video team: maintaining equipment, training camera crews, and webcasting our weekly Sunday Service. One of my greatest joys is interacting with saints via social media and seeing God work within the lives of His people from around the world.

Worship Leader

Jerry Wierwille

Jerry Wierwille is the worship leader at Living Hope. He oversees and coordinates the praise and worship band for all services and events. Jerry has been involved in music since he was in middle school and has played in numerous different bands and ensembles across several genres of music. However, his passion has always been to praise the Lord God and Jesus the Messiah through song and lyric. He enjoys leading and inspiring others to lift up their voices with joy in their hearts to the Lord.

Office Manager

Sarah Kenyon

Sarah Kenyon is the Office Manager for Living Hope. Her voice is the one you will hear joyfully answering our phone calls and responding to email inquiries. She enjoys working for our church and bringing the message of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to those around the world. One of her hobbies is writing poetry.

Community Outreach Coordinator

Timypaul Lupe

As a joyful servant of God and our Lord Jesus Christ, Timypaul enjoys serving the people of God in care-giving and benevolence as well as reaching out to the people of the world through his evangelism ministry. He leads several initiatives around the community in an effort to bring people to God. His personality, passion, and enthusiasm for working with people make a difference in his approach to evangelism. Timypaul has been a part of Living Hope’s missionary team for nearly a decade now, serving as a language translator during our missions in the Congo Countries (DRC, RC) in Africa. As a Youth Mentor, he endeavors to live by example following our Lord Jesus Christ to inspire those that he mentors.

Publishing Consultant

Anna Brown

Anna Shoffner Brown serves as Living Hope’s publishing consultant. She grew up in Oregon as a homeschool student and an avid horsewoman. Fluent in Spanish, she received her B.A. in Economics from Hillsdale College and is married to John Brown. Anna is passionate about Christ and his people. Language, art, and theology are her greatest interests.

Audio and Congolese Ministries

Thom Riley

I am blessed to be apart of the Living Hope Family since we opened our doors in September of 1999. Along with having the privilege of assisting with many ministry functions throughout these years; helping to coordinate the building of the church, children’s and teen fellowships, various advances, and many ministry events. I’m also actively involved with our African ministry support and I have visited our sister churches in the Congo countries (the DRC and RC) a number of times. My most recent visit was with Blake Cortright to record the His Story class in French along with the Reverends Kennedy Kutukwa and Armel Ngo. Currently, I coordinate our awesomely sound audio team helping to provide feedback whenever needed. I encourage anyone reading this to consider getting involved with volunteer service. It will change your life. Ephesians 4.1-15

Graphic Designer

Rose Rider

Rose Rider became a part of the Living Hope community in 2013 and has been incredibly blessed by the thoughtful teaching and vibrant fellowship that abounds here. Officially, she serves in graphic design (and wherever needed unofficially). She is continually inspired by the beauty in Christ and his gospel of the Kingdom, which drives both her art and her practice as a disciple of Christ.

Counseling

Mary Ann Yaconis

Living Hope Community Church was our church home for 13 years, and as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor I was able to assist in helping those who were in need. In October, 2020, my husband and I moved to Florida. My practice included many people from different states and countries by way of telehealth. Living in Florida I am able to continue with ministering and counseling people in the same manner. My husband and I have two married sons and four grandchildren. The years we spent at Living Hope were very wonderful years of feeling loved by the community. It is a privilege to serve with LHIM staff and minister to those in need.

Prayer Ministry

Bill Yaconis

I have had the privilege of being a part of the Living Hope International Ministries family since 2006.  We moved to Florida in September 2020.  However, I continue to serve as the Living Hope accountant and coordinate the Church's Prayer Ministry.  My wife Mary Ann and I also coordinate a weekly on-line Zoom Fellowship.  My greatest joy (next to the Bible we have been taught) has by far been the love and acceptance I have experienced from the ministry’s leadership and all the members of the body here at Living Hope.

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