Our Staff Team



Dr. Mike Hoppe - Lead Pastor

Pastor Mike (MDiv., DMin.) is a family man and loves to spend time with his two amazing children and wife, Reed. He has a big heart for missions, serving outside the walls of the church, and dreaming and innovating. He has served as a youth pastor, international missionary, and as a missions pastor prior to coming to lead our team. When not at the office, Mike is probably out trail running or training for a Spartan race. To email Pastor Mike, just click on his picture.


Heather Duke - Early Learning Center Director

 Heather has several years of experience in teaching, Children's Ministry, and leadership.  She has served as an elementary and middle school classroom teacher, served as a Children's Minister, and served as a Church Administrator.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management and graduate level Early Education courses from the University of Mobile.  She has been married for 23 years to her high school sweetheart, Jeremy.  They have two boys, Wade and Justin.  She enjoys spending her spare time with her family fishing, hunting and helping her boys chase their dreams!


Jayme McMillan - Office Administration/Communications & Contemporary Worship

Jayme might gladly work for free if he could, but we gladly pay him to do amazing work in videography, print and online communications, and leading our contemporary worship band. When at home, Jayme loves jogging with his dog Brooklyn, and he's an avid watcher of the Discovery and History Channels. At work, he keeps everyone laughing. Jayme is a graduate in Communications from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. To email Jayme, just click on his picture.



Lauren Robbins - Kids Ministries

Ms. Lauren, as she is lovingly known to all of the children in the church, doesn't really like sushi. But most of the kids in her ministry, children aged Newborn through Fifth Grade, don't either! Fortunately, Lauren is one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet, and so she has found a great niche working with the sweetest kids you'll ever meet. She is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX in Elementary Education, and she previously taught preschool and elementary school before joining our staff. Lauren is married to Jason, and together they have two girls. To email Lauren, just click on her picture.


Linda Fobes - Financial Secretary

Linda handles all things financial at Saraland UMC! She has a degree in Finance from USA and has a lifetime career in accounting and finance. She has volunteered in many local missions, such as Inner City Mission and Open Doors. To email Linda, just click on her picture.



Dr. Patrick Jacobs - Traditional Worship

How many churches can say they have a professional opera singer and professor as their Choir Director! Patrick is Director of Classic Worship, but there are around 400 other things he does too. He directs the Opera at University of Mobile and has performed at Carnegie Hall and at other national events.

Patrick attended Loyola University in New Orleans, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and completed his education at SUNY Stony Brook. Patrick is married to Stephanie, and together they have two children. To email Patrick, just click on his picture.

Jennifer Bemis - Pianist
Jennifer Bemis, a church pianist and music educator, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of South Alabama and a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently a faculty member of the University of South Alabama music department, where she teaches class piano and
accompanies the University Chorale. In addition, she also accompanies vocal lessons, recitals, and competitions within and outside of the university. She currently resides in Bay Minette, Alabama with her husband of 22 years, Richard, and her two children.