Who We ARE

Hope Church held its first service on March 18, 1966. It was the vision of our first Pastor, W.F. Carlile, who was blessed and sent out by First Assembly of God in Cookeville. Ten families joined that vision and First Assembly of God in Algood was born. On August 1, 1977, under Pastor Buford Nivens, our name changed to Trinity Assembly of God. Recently, in June 2022, our church underwent a name change to better reflect our mission to our community - to bring HOPE to the hopeless!

Over the years, our church has steadily focused on serving the people of the Upper Cumberland. Though our church has gone through many changes, we are still a vibrant community of people that is committed to our original vision. Our purpose is to love people into a life-changing relationship with Jesus. We do that by LOVING God and people, GROWING together to spiritual maturity, and SERVING our community.

We LOVE God and Others - demonstrating our faith by loving God and each other passionately.

Luke 10:27-28 (NLT) | The man answered, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

We GROW Together to Maturity - demonstrating our faith by pursuing spiritual growth fervently.

Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT) | “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

We SERVE Our Community - demonstrating our faith by serving our community relentlessly.

Mark 10:44-45 (NLT) | “And whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

If you would like to know more about us, or are interested in joining our church family, you can participate in our online class, "Our DNA," or contact the church office.

Our Pastors

Our pastors and staff are a wonderful group of people who are fully committed to serving you and your family. Just use the contact information below to connect with them. They look forward to hearing from you!

  • Jason & Susan Yarbrough

    Lead Pastors | Prayer Pastor

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    Pastor Jason and Susan have been in ministry together for over 30 years. They served as our Worship Pastors from 1999-2002 and returned in August 2020 to serve as our lead pastors. Susan also serves as the director of Hope House. Both are ordained ministers with the Assemblies of God, and Pastor Jason has an earned Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Northwest University. They have three adult children and one grandson.

  • Daniel & Dusti Brooks

    Online Campus

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    Daniel & Dusti began as our Online Campus Pastors in January, 2023. Dusti was raised at our church, and Daniel first came as a young adult. After several years in ministry at other locations, we are so glad they have returned to serve on our pastoral staff. They have four children.

  • Shelton & Nicole Campbell

    Worship Ministry

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    Pastor Shelton & Nicole got involved at Hope in 2011 by becoming part of Chi Alpha, a ministry to college students on the campus of Tennessee Tech. In 2014, Pastor Shelton became our full-time worship pastor and we are blessed by his passion for God. They have one child.

  • Kevin & April Frieze

    Pastoral Care | Family Ministries

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    Pastor Kevin & April have been on staff since 2003, though both attended Hope Church long before that. Both have a tremendous heart for ministry, are graduates of Rhema Bible Training Center, and you'll usually find them serving faithfully anywhere they're needed. They have two adult children.

  • Drew & Kelsey Hawkins

    Youth & Young Adults

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    Drew & Kelsey joined us in 2021 with several years of ministry experience in youth, worship, media, missions, and more, Drew grew up as a pastor's kid and Kelsey was a part of our youth group as a student. They have two children.

  • Jeannie Martin



    Pastor Jeannie Martin pastored with her husband, Gene, for 52 years serving in Connecticut, West Virginia, South Carolina, Michigan, and Ohio.  The Martins moved to Cookeville in 2016. After Pastor Gene’s passing in 2023, Jeannie continues to serve here at Hope Church ministering to our seniors.  

  • Mike & Sherie Womack

    Men's Ministry | Early Childhood & After School Program

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    Mike and Sherie have years of ministry experience, including several years as lead pastors. Mike leads our Men of Hope ministry while Sherie directs our Early Childhood classes, our After School Program, and also works in our church office. They are blessed with children and grandchildren.


Our church wouldn't exist without the efforts of our faithful staff!

  • Rachele Eckwright

    Administrative Assistant

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  • Olena Fen


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  • Lori Gillingham


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  • Daniel James

    Facilities Director

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  • Emily James

    Bookkeeping & Communications

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  • Klane Maples


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  • Melissa Womack

    Women's Ministry


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Our Board Members

The members of our church board are elected by our congregation and serve faithfully as they help our pastor guide the financial affairs of our church.

  • Steve & Sarah Allen 

    Appointed 2021

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  • Howard & Melinda Bilbrey

    Elected 2020

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  • Mike & Kimberly Kane

    Elected 2023

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  • Amelia & David Kress

    Elected 2023

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  • Steve & Terri Richardson 

    Elected 2022

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  • Stephen & Sarah Simmons 

    Elected 2022

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Hope Church is a member of a voluntary cooperative fellowship of churches called the Assemblies of God. Though the thousands of AG churches can be very different in expression, our beliefs are aligned with the truth of the Bible.

You can read more about our core beliefs HERE.

You can read more about our fundamental truths HERE.

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