CRAIG OKPALA - PLANTER / LEAD PASTOR
Craig and his wife Kaitlyn moved to Jersey City in the spring of 2017 with a vision to plant a vibrant, diverse, Christ-centered church to serve the people of their new neighborhood. A Texan by birth, Craig grew up in Nigeria, where he first received his call to ministry, before moving to New York in 1996. For nearly 10 years, Craig served as a Worship & Creative Pastor, eventually helping launch the Hope Church NYC movement and equipping and training worship and production teams before taking the next step of planting a church on his own and taking on the role of Planter/Lead Pastor at Hope Jersey City. Craig completed his Masters of Divinity at Alliance Theological Seminary in New York.
JAMES & JULIANA LEPASANA
After growing up in New Jersey, James and his wife Juliana recently moved back to join Hope Jersey City. Jeremiah graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a degree in Bible/Theology. He has served with churches and businesses in Ft. Lauderdale, Randolph (NJ), Detroit, and Houston, most recently working for a privately-held real estate company. In his role with Hope, James will support Hope's neighborhood group leaders as Hope aims to foster Christ-centered communities across Jersey City.
Juliana graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a degree in History and Political Science. She worked as a Detroit Public School teacher with Teach for America before having two kids: Ezra and Eden. Juliana's experience living and working in under-resourced neighborhoods have informed her passion for educational justice. In her role with Hope, Juliana will oversee ministry to Children and Families.
Kevin Ramessar - Worship Leader