Community of Hope Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership here at  Community of Hope is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.

  • rusty akers

    Lead Pastor

    Rusty and his wife Lisa founded Community of Hope Church in September of 2005. They have two amazing grown children. Sydnee who is married to Braeden Scheer, and Grady who is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Rusty has had a passion for the city of Maricopa from day one. His dream of being a church, not just in the city, but a church that is a part of the fabric of the community, is being lived out on a daily basis. Email Rusty


  • bryan & MIchelle wilson

    worship and arts

    Bryan is the guy with the guitar on Sunday mornings. He is married to the beautiful Michelle, and has three grown boys. Bryan is one of two native Arizona's on our staff and loves his Mexican food, almost as much as his wife. 

    Email Bryan

  • Chris and katie leon


    Chris and Katie serve our students. They have 3 kids of their own, two boys and one little girl.  Chris is a California boy and cheer for all the wrong teams, we do our best to give him grace. He loves students and engages with our community in many ways.  He coaches football, leads mentoring classes, and drives an "Free Uber" for lots of students that need rides. He also cooks up a mean barbecue. 

    Email Chris

  • Lisa, Sam & sarah


    Lisa Akers leads our Pre-school department, Sam Barrera heads up our Elementary department, and Sarah Black serves in both.  These ladies are the heart beat of our children's ministry.  You can find them every Sunday greeting kids and parents, teaching in the classroom, and singing along with our children.  

    Email Lisa

    Email Sam

We are a staff led church, accountable to a Board of Servant Elders