Pastors & Staff

John Marra

Lead Pastor

John is the founding and lead pastor for Living Hope. He's married to Pam, and they have three children Andrew (married to Shana), Abbey, and Alex. John and Pam also became first-time grandparents to Axel in 2020.  John's passion is seeing people connect with God and live out his purpose for their lives. In his spare time he loves to do anything and everything with his family, catch big fish, hit a tennis ball, read news magazines, and explore small-town America.

Asher George

Pastor of Discipleship and Equipping

Asher grew up in southern Missouri before moving to Olathe in 2013. Some of his many loves include biking, skiing, KC BBQ, Top Golf, disc golf, and ice cream. He has a lovable golden retriever girl named Indie who loves to go on walks. Asher is passionate about building community, creating leaders, and seeing others come into a relationship with Jesus.

Alyssa Johnson

Children's Pastor

Alyssa and her family began attending LH in 2017.  She loves helping children, youth, and families learn about the life-changing Love of Jesus. Alyssa has been married to Luke since 2000. They have two awesome teenagers: Max & Abby. In her spare time, Alyssa loves gardening, music, reading, playing board games with her family and snuggling with Millie and Penny, the family dogs. Her favorite season is summer, because that's when Church Camp is... and Church Camp is the BEST!!

Kory Gilmore

Youth Pastor

Kory grew up in Olathe and met his wife, Melanie, at MNU. They’ve been attending Living Hope since 2015 and have a cockapoo pup named Memphis. He and his wife welcomed their daughter, Haven, into the world on April 10th, 2024. In his spare time he enjoys videography, snowboarding, board games, Panda Express, and watching Eagles football. Kory is passionate about creating a space where all feel welcome and loved. Above all, his calling is to share with students the same love of Jesus that changed his life when he was their age.

Rebecca Rinker

Worship Pastor

Rebecca began serving as the worship pastor at Living Hope in 2023. She is passionate about providing people with opportunities to connect with the Lord in worship. She and her husband Josh love serving Jesus together through music. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, going on walks with her dog Piper, and visiting her family back “home” in California.

Lynn Medina

Administrative Assistant

Lynn joined the LH staff in May of 2015. She enjoys providing administrative support to the pastoral staff, and loves to see people come to know God in a real and personal way in their lives. Lynn grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas and graduated from PSU where she met her husband, Andy. Lynn loves to spend time with her family and watch her two children play tennis.

Dani Cloud

Nursery Director

Dani is the Nursery Director and a stay-at-home mama to four kiddos.  She longs to create a place where parents can drop off their littles knowing that they are safe AND loved.  It's never too early to start planting the seeds of God's love.

Amanda Collins

Early Childhood Director

Amanda has taught everything from Preschool to 8th grade and is a mom to four wonderful children. She considers it a privilege to serve as the Early Childhood Director and loves being able to share Jesus with kiddos every Sunday.

Becky McGowen

Elementary Director

Becky and her husband, Derek, have three precious children: Maddie, Eleanor, and Barrett. Becky loves how God’s Word invites us to know Him more fully, and she wants to help kids develop a deep desire for more of Him and His Word. Some of her favorite things are being with family, browsing antique stores, baking, singing, and creating.

Tiffany Solum

Special Needs Director

Tiffany is married to Ben and they have one daughter, Tori. As a special
needs parent, she has a passion for making children's ministry accessible
for every kid!