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

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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. Both are ordained ministers with the Assemblies of God and Pastor Jason has a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Northwest University. They have 3 adult children and 1 grandson.

  • Shelton & Nicole Campbell

    Worship & Media

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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.

  • Kevin & April Frieze

    Discipleship & Pastoral Care | Administration

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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 behind the scenes. They have 2 adult children.

  • Drew & Kelsey Hawkins

    Youth & Young Adults

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    Drew & Kelsey join us 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 one son, Judah.

  • Gene & Jeannie Martin


    Pastor Gene and Jeannie have decades of experience as lead pastors. Now they serve our church and our senior saints and we're grateful for their ministry!

  • Bryant & Savanna McNatt


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    Bryant & Savanna join the church staff from Florida, though Bryant was a previous resident of Tennessee, having helped his parents start a church in Manchester. Bryant and Savanna are graduates of Southwestern University and have a passion to help children encounter God and the presence of the Holy Spirit.


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

  • Melinda Bilbrey

    Prayer Director


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  • Ken Davis

    Media Director

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  • Lori Gillingham

    Housekeeping & Events

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  • Daniel James


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  • Emily James

    Admin Assistant

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  • Richard Key


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  • Sherie Womack

    After School Program Director | Office Assistant

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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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  • Mark & Frances Davis

    Elected 2018

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  • Mike & Kylene Meihls

    Elected 2018

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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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