Meet The Staff

Dr. Mike Hoppe – Lead Pastor

Mike has served as our Lead Pastor since 2013. Prior to serving at Saraland UMC, Mike served in many ministry roles, including serving as an international missionary. As our pastor, he leads us with his teaching-style of preaching and challenges us to serve outside the walls of the church. Mike is a graduate of Ohio Northern University (BA), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div) and Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div.). When he’s not in the office, he’s hanging out with his two amazing children and wife, Reed, or out on the running trail.

Kara Claybrook – Director of Worship

Kara oversees all worship at Saraland UMC, including leading our contemporary and traditional worship experiences. Kara has a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Taylor University and a master’s degree in vocal performance from Illinois State University. She is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at the University of Mobile.

Emma Holm – Office Coordinator

Emma coordinates our main office functions, serves as assistant to the pastor, and helps lead worship as a traditional pianist. She is a graduate of Satsuma High School and is currently attending the University of South Alabama. Emma also serves as a volunteer in many capacities in the church, including a small group leader in our Kids Ministry.

Heather Duke – Early Learning Center Director

Heather directs our weekday preschool ministries. Heather is a graduate of University of Mobile, with degrees in Organizational Management and Early Education. Prior to joining our staff team, Heather has served as a teacher, children’s minister, and church administrator. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeremy, and together they have two boys.

Linda Fobes – Financial Secretary

Linda oversees our financial and stewardship ministries. She is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a degree in finance. Prior to joining out staff team, Linda has had a lifetime career in accounting and finance. She loves to volunteer both inside and outside the walls of the church.

Linda Burr – Payroll/HR

Linda coordinates our payroll and human resources responsibilities. Linda loves Saraland UMC and volunteers in many ways, including through her passion for cooking for large crowds. When not in the office, Linda is a favorite “mimi” to her six grandchildren.