Our Staff Team

Mike

 

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.

Jayme

 

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.

Brian

 

Brian Ogle - Student Ministries

Brian leads ministries with students, grades 6-12. He's from Texas, which means he hasn't taken sides on Alabama or Auburn! Instead, he roots for teams like the Cowboys and Mavericks, and for Texas State, where he graduated with a BA in Communications. Brian is fulfilling his long dream to serve in full-time youth ministry, and to see young people come to know and love the Lord. He is married to Stephanie, and together they have a cute daughter named Tabitha. To email Brian, just click on his picture.  

Lauren

 

Lauren Robbins - Children & Family 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.

Heather

 

Heather Duke - ELC Director

Heather serves as Director of our weekday Early Learning Center for ages Six Weeks-K4. She is Mrs "Get-Er-Done," which is why we wish we had three or four of her on staff.  Prior to joining our staff team, she has worked in children's ministry, teaching, and administration settings. She studied at University of Mobile, completing a BS in Management and graduate coursework in Elementary Education. She lives in the Creola area along with her husband, Jeremy, and together they have two sons. To email Heather, 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.

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Dr. Patrick Jacobs - Classic 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.

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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.