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Welcome to Living Hope


Pastor Todd and Xio Callahan

Senior Pastor

Todd & Xio Callahan are passionate about sharing God's love with our community. They parent four busy children. They also serve on the worship team together. Pastor Todd has stepped into the Senior Pastor role on September 17, 2017.

Pastor Steve and Phyllis Maxfield

Associate Pastor

Pastor Steve and Phyllis are native Vermonters who have been with our church for over 30 years. He has been the Senior Pastor for 6 years. They shepherd their people with love. Phyllis leads the Women's ministry Anchor Team. She also enjoys creative expression through dance.

Pastor Sean and Maria Troland

Associate Pastor, Eldership, Evangelism Outreach

Pastor Sean has a heart for evangelism. He works part-time at the church. His full time work is as the General Manager of the Light Radio Network in Essex Junction. Maria is a representative and strong advocate for The Voice of the Martyrs. They parent two daughters and care for their dog, Gracie.

Nicole Pinard

Director of Children's Church

Nicole looks forward to seeing what God is going to do in the lives of children and familes at LHCC. She was raised attending this church. She recently earned her Masters of Education in Early Childhood. Nicole is in her 6th year of teaching. She is blessed to be able to serve as Children's Director.

Kris and MJ Merchant

Elder; House of Hope Leaders

They lead a House of Hope at their home in Essex Junction.

Their cheerful hearts are a constant source of strength to others. Kris leads the Dave Ramsey's "Financial Peace" class at the church.

Ed and Marty Wilbur

Missions; House of Hope Leaders; Prison Ministry

They lead a House of Hope at their home in Burlington. Happily married for more than 50 years, the Wilbur's are daily at work encouraging the faith of God's people. They have a heart for missions.

Mark and Heidi Allard

Men and Women's Ministries

Mark and Heidi have been happily married for 25 years and have been members of Living Hope for over 15 years. Mark serves on the Worship team with the Men's Ministry.

Heidi serves with the music ministry in the audio-visual department and is part of the women's Anchor team.

John and Debbie Averill

House of Hope Leaders

They are House of Hope leaders at their home in Burlingon. Sunday mornings Debbie can be found serving coffee and snacks after the Worship service.

Steve and Rachel Stringer

Eldership; Puppet Ministry; Web administration, Outreach to Children

Steve & Rachel Stringer enjoy serving and encouraging people of all ages. Their specialty is working with children. They have directed the Christmas productions with all of their hearts.

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