Hope Lake Country Church Hires Groups Pastor
OCONOMOWOC, WISCONSIN - Hope Lake Country Church - Oconomowoc, Wisconsin has expanded its leadership team by appointing Zach Thwaits as their new Groups Director/Pastor. Since 2002, Hope Church has been dedicated to its mission of changing lives and changing eternities because they truly believe that the hope of Christ changes everything. Hope has been a portable church for the past 19 years, but as Zach begins his new position on staff, the church body will also begin a new chapter as they start hosting church in their brand new building in September 2021.
Zach is very passionate about groups ministry and this position is a great match for his skill set. He believes that groups are a place to journey through life together by asking honest questions, praying together, learning about Jesus, bearing one another's burdens, and sharing joys and struggles in the context of a safe community. Zach enjoys shepherding people and connecting with leaders to encourage, pray, coach, and give perspective. He has an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary. He has spent his career leading ministries across the country from Chattanooga, Tennessee to San Francisco, California in multiple staff capacities of leadership.
Eric Albert, our Executive Search Consultant who worked on this search shared that “Zach is very excited to be able to come home as he is originally from Oconomowoc and for him to be able to raise his kids in a wonderful family community, but also to be able to help Hope Church as they have moved into a brand new building and are looking to connect people through a growing groups ministry. He will excel in this role!”
Zach and his family believe that Hope Church, the position, and the community are all a perfect fit. He has over 15 years of ministry experience and will be a great asset for Hope Church as they continue to build up the kingdom. Zach’s wife of 12 years, Meghan, and 3 children are eager to take on this opportunity and make the move to Wisconsin. They love to host people in their home, have good friends from all walks of life, and love being outside. We are honored to have worked with Hope Lake Country Church on this search and are thrilled to watch Zach lead the church and transform the groups ministry.
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