River of Hope is led by Senior Pastor Joshua Kohl and his wife, First Lady: Lacey Kohl. Pastor Josh and Lacey were united in marriage in August of 2009.
Pastor Josh is a graduate of DSOM (District School of Ministry). Josh and Lacey have a long history of serving at River of Hope and first came to River of Hope to lead the Children’s Ministry, now known as Kidz of Hope. Pastor Josh served faithfully in this role for many years, until God called him into the Senior Pastor position.
Pastor Josh resigned from his position not knowing where he would end up, but God made it clear that Pastor Josh was being called to lead River of Hope. This calling was affirmed by the church on Easter Sunday 2018. Pastor Josh believes that church can be fun and exciting while still worshiping and learning deep truths about God. This is reflected in the series that he preaches such as “At The Movies, Game Shows and Board Games”.
Lacey has always worked behind the scenes. While Pastor Josh is the dreamer, Lacey is the one who makes these dreams a reality. Lacey is gifted in administration and on any given Sunday, you will find Lacey working behind the scenes making sure Sunday services goes as well as possible.
Pastor Joshua and Lacey live on a small hobby farm with their bulldogs chickens and dogs. They currently do not have children, but are in the process of adopting from Haiti.