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Mailing Address: 246 King St Woodbury, NJ 08096
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Pastor Mark Ott
Pastor Mark Ott has lived in South Jersey all his life, and has been a pastor for almost 20 years. He lives in Clayton with his wife Dana and their children. Pastor Mark and Dana were married in 1991, and they added their four children to the family between 1993 and 1999.
There is no lack of energy or activity in their home or in their lives. Pastor Mark was part of the group that began Hope Christian Fellowship in 2004 and has been our pastor since the start. His style of ministry is Bible centered and emphasizes the need to depend on God’s power through the Spirit. He is our main teacher, and he serves as the focal leader and shepherd for Hope.
Mark began his professional life as a Mechanical Engineer, but was called into youth ministry after only a few years. He has held many roles in ministry including youth pastor, college group director, worship leader, kid’s ministry director, assistant pastor, and now, senior pastor. He has been in ministry for over 20 years and is looking forward to many more years serving the Lord with the wonderful church family at Hope.
Dana Ott was born in Nashville, Tennessee and grew up in Salem, Oregon. Anyone who knows Dana realizes how fitting it is that she was born in such a musical place. She serves at Hope with her musical abilities each week, leading dozens of people in our worship team ministry.
As our music director, she also oversees the music ministry as a whole, and fills many other roles as our pastor’s wife. Her sweet and gentle spirit coupled with an understanding and compassionate heart is a great blessing to Hope. She can generally be found striking up conversations with new folks or catching up with some dear friends.
When she married Pastor Mark in 1991, she moved to New Jersey and has been here ever since. Mark and Dana feel blessed that their four adult children, along with their son-in-law, are all actively involved in various ministries at Hope. She loves to bake and cook (and we love that too!) and her artistic eye often shows up in the things that happen at Hope. She has ministered in worship and music ministry for well over 20 years and loves serving the Lord here.
Dave Hallahan has been in ministry since 2007 when he helped his brother, Josh, at Trinity UMC in Clayton, NJ. After serving there on a volunteer basis, Dave took over for his brother and was hired as a part-time youth pastor.
While working at Trinity, Dave attended Cairn University. In 2011, Dave finished up his program with a B.S. in Biblical Studies and a B.S. in Youth Ministry. After graduation, God directed Dave to Hope Christian Fellowship. After meeting with Pastor Mark several times over the course of a few months, Dave was officially hired in November of 2011.
Dave currently lives in Williamstown, NJ with his wife, Leah, and their two daughters. The entire Hallahan family is excited about what God is doing in their lives in and in their church.
Matt Russell was born in Philadelphia and raised in South Jersey from the age of 6. He graduated from Rowan University with a degree in business and marketing, but left the field after 5 years to become a youth pastor. He has been in ministry for 12 years and has always been deeply involved in church life. Matt has served as a youth pastor for a total of 8 years at two different churches and a worship director for 10 years at two different churches.
Matt was married in 2003 to his wife Kelli and together they have three young and charming children, Isaac, Eve, and Liam. Matt has been the children’s ministry director at Hope since 2013.
Matt is a team player and is always bringing new and creative ideas to the table. He is constantly working on the next fun and exciting way to present the gospel and the love of Christ within HopeKids! which often requires him to think like a kid and sometimes act like one! Matt is often found making conversation with parents, checking on volunteers, and high-fiving kids.
Emily DiLorenzo started attending Hope with her parents, Mike and Lois Hartwell, as a teenager in 2004. Since then, she’s served in multiple areas such as worship team, online communications, and young adults, among others. Outside of ministry, she has worked as an executive administrative assistant for eight years.
Over the past few years, God created a “more than we could ask or imagine” opportunity for Emily to combine her passion for Hope with her administrative skills. She began officially working for the church in summer of 2017 as Pastor Mark’s administrative assistant.
Emily and her husband, Drew, were married in March of 2015 and serve together at Hope. They just purchased their first house and when they aren’t at work or serving at church, you can find them at home entertaining friends, or relaxing with their dog Sirius.
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or imagine!” -Ephesians 3:20