The Akers Family

Rusty Akers is the founding pastor of Community of Hope Church. He is married to the magnificent Lisa. They have two kids, Grady, who just graduated from high school, and Sydnee, who is enrolled at Grand Canyon University.  Rusty has a passion to not just be a church meeting in our community, but a church moving, living, and breathing in the community. You will find him around the Copa on in given day; on the golf course,  at the park, in the gym, or having a  meeting [eating lunch].  He is a former President of the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce, serves as the Chaplain for Maricopa Fire Dept, and Police Dept., and serves with the High School Booster Clubs. He is also a die hard “Parrot Head”.  In his spare time he and his son Grady climbed to the top of Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro.  If he is incommunicado, he is probably in Mexico or Kenya so leave a message and he will catch you soon.

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Discipleship and Care


Craig Frank is our Pastor of Discipleship and Care. He has been married to Leatha for 42 years, has two grown children, and two grand-children. He graduated from Anderson University, Anderson School of Theology, and Asbury Seminary. Craig has served the State of Arizona Church of God the last 10 years, and grown to love the desert Southwest.  He loves to play golf, hike with Leatha, and collects bobbleheads. [Who Knew?]

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Worship Arts

Bryan Wilson 
is the guy with a guitar in his hand on Sunday mornings. He is married to the beautiful Michelle Wilson to who he owes much, he also has three grown boys.  Bryan is a native of the Phoenix area, and loves his Mexican food almost as much as he loves his wife. His alter ego is licken chicken, not sure why? Bryan has been planning our Sunday morning experience at COH since day one, and we sure do love him for it!

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Dina Strauss is our fearless student leader! She has been a part of Community of Hope Church for over 5 years and have fallen in love with our youth.

LIsa, Leatha, Sara.

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Our Children’s ministry is led by these amazing ladies
Preschool  – Lisa Akers
Elementary – Leatha Frank
Support – Sarah Zapata

If you have any questions, or need any information, please give them shout.


Student Ministries

Chris and Katie Leon are Student Ministries Pastors.  They have 3 children, Nathan, Johnny, and Elizabeth. Chris is a California boy, loves all the wrong teams. Dodgers, Raiders, and Lakers. We forgive him for that.  He also loves Students,and you will find him not only at COH on Sunday, but serving in our community. He loves to coach students, as well as other ministry leaders.


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