About Us

Culture Codes

True Family

We are authentic, speak the truth in love, and we dont give up on each other.

Keep Changing

Our goal is the best version of us, so we mess with the methods and embrace change.

Worship
Centered

Our thoughts, our words, and our actions will all honor Christ.

Give OUR
Best

We are generous with our time and resources; we are spiritual contributers, not just consumers.

Mission
Driven

We reach out, commit to developing others, and then we do it again.

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"We Represent Jesus In Everything We Do!"

Who We Are: Our purpose at Hope is to see lives changed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and help each person who walks through our doors take their next step with Jesus. We have a contemporary style and welcome those from all walks of life. Whether you are single, a couple or have a family there’s a place for you!   

Where We Have Been: We first opened our doors in the 1930s when a group of Christ followers met in the upper room at city hall. When the opportunity came the church purchased a building and since then we have been ministering in the Quad cities.

Where We Are Going: Hope Church has always been focused on following God’s plan and where God wants to take us next. We believe that one of those next steps is our 2020 vision. We are preparing for new ministries, a new facility and new lives changed for Christ.

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Our Staff

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lead Pastor
Craig ruesch

Pastor Craig has served as lead pastor since June of 2021. Before that, he served as lead pastor at church in Beloit, WI and Perry GA. He has a BA in Pastoral Ministry from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. He has also completed Master's Degree credits in Pastoral Leadership. Pastor Craig has been married to Brooke for 24 years and has two children, Elaina age 15 and Addison age 12. He is a huge Chicago Bears fan and loves spending time with his family.

Worship Pastor
Brooke Ruesch

Brooke Ruesch has been on staff at Hope Church as our worship leader since June 2021. With 20 years of experience leading worship teams, Brooke is gifted into leading the congregation into God's presence. Brooke is married to Pastor Craig and they have two daughters, Elaina age 15 and Addison age 12. Brooke has a BA in Elementary Education from Coe College in Cedar Rapids and her Master's Degree in Teaching and Leadership from Saint Xavier in Chicago. Brooke loves to spend time with her family and her dog Lucy.

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Associate / Young Adults Pastor
Matthew Kirkpatrick

Hi, my name is Pastor Matt. I am the associate and young adults pastor here at Hope Church. I started serving here May of 2019. I was born and raised in Southwest Florida and attended a ministry school from 2016-2019. It was at the school where I gained a lot of my experience with graphic design, sound engineering, and pastoral ministry which all fall under my job title now. I married the best office manager that Hope Church has and just had my first child April 2022. I aspire to see God's kingdom built and for our church and The Church to grow. I love all sports and especially those in the Tampa Bay area. Go Bucs! I am a coffee snob, and my favorite color is neon green.

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Next Gen. Pastor
Jon Axtell

Hello, I am the Next Gen Pastor here at Hope Church. This means that I oversee the ministries for all students under the age of 18. I am a 2021 graduate of Evangel University in Springfield, MO. I graduated with a degree in Youth Ministry with a comprehensive minor in Biblical Studies. I have been a Pastor here since August of 2021 and it has been so much fun. I have been married to my amazing wife Ashley who is currently working as a nurse since October of 2021. As you can see, 2021 was a very busy and exciting year for me! For those who are curious, my favorite colors are blue and green, my favorite restaurant is Olive Garden, and my favorite dinosaur is the Stegosaurus.

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Office Manager
Ashley Kirkpatrick

Hi, my name is Ashley and I am the office manager here. I have been working in the office here since November 2019. I also help with worship and young adults. I attended a ministry school in Florida to get hands on ministry training and credentialing from 2015-2019 which is where I met my now husband Matt. We have a sweet baby girl Isla Joy who was born April 7, 2022 and we can't get enough. I have a cat named Karen. My favorite color is yellow and I really love the summer and the sun.

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Early Childhood Coordinator
Monique Thacker

My name is Monique Thacker. I have a passion for working with children. I am a doula in the Quad Cities and I love serving people.

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Early Childhood Coordinator
Ashley Howard

My name is Ashley Howard and I live in Bettendorf with my husband, Nate, and our three kids. We Have been attending Hope Church since 2017. During the week I run an in home daycare. I love to travel and make new memories with my family.

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