Meet Our Team
Pastor Doug, husband of Gretchen and father of two adult children, Hannah and Benjamin, has served Community of Hope since 1997. A graduate of Lutheran West High School and Hiram College, Doug attended a distance education program though Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne and entered into the ministerium of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 1999 through Colloquy. His heart is that all people come to discover the grace, love real life found in Jesus.
Email Phone: (440) 457-2296
Jim Fenske, a graduate of Concordia Chicago is Community of Hope’s Teaching Minister. He also teaches English and Religion at Lutheran High School West in Rocky River. He directs the Saturday Worship Service and his wife Nancy heads the Saturday Children’s Program. Jim and Nancy have five grown children and reside in Westlake. Jim has been a part in Community of Hope since 2001.
JOLAINA "JOJO" JESSER
Jolaina, a graduate of Boston University, is Community of Hope’s ministry coordinator. In addition to running the high school youth program, she works on helping Community of Hope to connect and serve the surrounding community, creating opportunities for people to connect with each other in community, and most importantly, finding ways to help people connect with their Savior, Jesus Christ.
Gretchen, wife of Pastor Doug, serves as office administrator. A graduate of Capital University, she taught ages 3 through high school for 17 years. Also, Gretchen teaches half-day kindergarten at Royal Redeemer.
Saturday Worship Leader
Mark Fenske has been playing piano since he was age 5. In addition to his role at Community of Hope, Mark teaches math at Lutheran West. He also serves as the webmaster for the school.
Head of Children's Ministry
Nancy oversees the children’s ministry at Community of Hope. She is a retired teacher, married to Jim Fenske and mother to Mark (and 4 others).
Worship Band Drummer
Billy is one of the area’s best drummers. At Community of Hope you’ll see him most Sunday mornings, and occasionally on Saturday nights. He is also the drummer for The Armstrong Bearcat Band.