Meet The Staff

Dr. Mike Hoppe – Lead Pastor

Mike has served as our Lead Pastor since 2013. Prior to serving at Saraland UMC, Mike has served as a youth pastor, associate pastor, and 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 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.

Linda Burr – Office Coordinator

Linda coordinates our church office, including scheduling, communications, and membership as well as overseeing our H.R. duties. 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.

Lauren Robbins – Kids Ministries

Lauren directs all of our ministries to all kids, from nursery through grade five. She is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University, with a degree in Elementary Education. She brings a wealth of experience, including previous teaching positions in the preschool and elementary school levels. Lauren is married is Jason ,and together they have two children.

Stephanie Moye – Student Ministries

Stephanie directs our ministries, including all of our amazing leaders, who serve in our student ministries, grade 6-12. She is a graduate of University of South Alabama. During the weekdays, Stephanie serves as a math teacher and volleyball coach at her alma mater, Saraland High School. She has a passion for missions and enjoys being an aunt to her nieces and nephews. Heaven, for Stephanie, will be a wonderful land filled with sweet tea and french fries.

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.

Lauren Smith – Contemporary Worship and Communications

Lauren leads out band and oversees our contemporary worship. Lauren is a graduate of University of Mobile, with a degree in worship leadership. Lauren is married to Clay, and they have a dog at home names Calvin. They enjoy kayaking, taking walks, and anything else outdoors!

Kara Claybrook – Traditional Worship

Kara leads our choir and oversees traditional worship. 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 – Pianist

Emma is our staff pianist, playing primarily for our traditional worship gatherings. 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.