Our Staff Team

Dr. Mike Hoppe – Lead Pastor

Pastor Mike 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. Mike is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div) and Asbury Theological Seminary (D.Min). To email Pastor Mike, click on his picture.

         

 

Linda Burr – Office Coordinator

Linda coordinates the church office processes, which include scheduling, membership, and supply inventory. She also handles the H.R. process for payroll and new employees of both the church and Early Learning Center. She has been a blessing to Saraland UMC for the past eight years. Her favorite pastimes are cooking for crowds and being “MeMe” to her six grandchildren.

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.
 
Clint Entinger – Student Ministries
Clint is the newest addition to our staff. He has a passion for student ministry, basketball, and the incredible hulk. He and his wife Kirsten, and daughter Kallie join us from Pensacola, Florida and are avid Florida State fans. To email Clint, 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!

 

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.

 

Lauren Ellison – Contemporary Worship and Communications

Lauren is from Daphne, AL and recently graduated from the University of Mobile. She eventually found her way back here to Saraland! She leads weekly rehearsals and contemporary worship with our band, in addition to organizing the weekly programs and monthly newsletters. In October, she is getting married to her fiancĂ©, Clay…. so you’ll soon know her as Lauren Smith!

               
 
 

 

Olivia Neal – Worship Ministry Associate

Olivia has been a blessing to SUMC this past summer! She is from Flomaton, AL and currently attends the University of Mobile. Olivia is heavily involved with our youth ministry, and she even takes some Sundays to lead worship for our little kids as well. She serves on our praise team and leads youth worship on Sunday nights.