OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Our Leadership Team ("Church Council") is the governing body of the church that is elected by the members of Hope East Queens.


 
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David “Dux” Jung Pastor

David (a/k/a “Dux”) spent most of his life in Eastern Queens where he later discovered a passion to plant a church after working bi-vocationally as a pastor and attorney for seven years. David graduated from Stony Brook University (BA in ’04) and St. John’s Law School (JD in ’08), and also studied at Alliance Theological Seminary. He enjoys watching Star Wars, blogging, and spending time with his lovely wife Jany and two beautiful children Emmett and Lucy. David is the author of Gospel Culture. He is also a diehard Mets, Jets and Knicks fan, and thus has been trained at a young age to live a life of faith. david.jung@hopechurchnyc.org

 
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BETH COVELL MARKHAM PASTOR

Beth hails from Los Angeles, CA and Ft. Worth TX – but over two decades in NYC have converted her into 100% New Yorker. Beth trained as an opera singer and enjoyed a career in musical theatre before surrendering to God’s call to an audience of One, serving as Director of Worship Arts at Trinity Baptist Church in Manhattan since 2006. Beth earned her BA from Pepperdine University, completed Master of Music studies in Musical Theatre at Oklahoma City University, and received her Masters of Worship Studies from The Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies (IWS).  She, husband Roy, and daughter Jaclyn are passionate about food, road trips, and rollercoasters...with a sprinkling of NASCAR (Roy), Animation (Jaclyn), and Figure Skating (Beth – who has still not recovered from the night Michelle Kwan fell in SLC). beth@hopechurchnyc.org

 
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Howard speiller leader

Howard and his lovely wife Laura raised their family of five children in Flushing, New York. He has a passion to serve and get to know people on a deeper level. Howard is a strong believer in prayer, and loves to pray for others whenever the opportunities arise. He is also a Yankees fan and being a native New Yorker this has brought him many fond memories over the years (don't be afraid to ask him).

 

Morris Bankston Leader

Morris is originally from Gary, IN and has made Auburndale his transplanted NYC home since 2012. He invested himself early in the Hope community at the time of Hope Church NYC’s (now Hope Astoria) public launch in September 2012, later becoming a partner (member) in 2013.  He currently serves on the leadership team of Hope East Queens. Morris is an alumnus of Purdue University (BS ’04) and Syracuse University (MBA ’09).  He finds joy in many aspects of life including his wife Noël, comedy of all sorts, biographies, Chicago sports, designing sandwiches, and music.

 
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Noelia Chung Leader

Noelia is a proud graduate of Smith College and has been with Hope East Queens since its first preview service back in March of 2016. She has a passion to see churches grow in the Spirit, mature in the teaching of God's word, and create space for all age groups. Her hobbies include reading books, traveling, and rooting for the Mets. noelia@hopechurchnyc.org

 

OUR STAFF

 

 
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Luis Diaz Facilities Coordinator

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Luis has a heart for the poor and marginalized in this city and spends time volunteering at organizations such as Do For One. He is also frequently the first one in our church doors and the last one out. He's known for his hard work and instantly making whatever Home Group he's in a lot more entertaining. He enjoys good company and taking trips to the Dominican Republic to relax on the beaches. Lastly, his ability to make the best pernil in Queens is quickly becoming a legend that's been spreading. 

 
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Johnny Choi youth/college pastor

Johnny was born in Flushing but lived most of his life in the suburbs of Long Island. He is now back in Flushing after getting married to his best friend, Anna. He graduated with a BA from Bentley University and is currently pursuing a MA in Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is passionate about meeting new people and listening to their stories. Johnny enjoys taking long naps and playing golf in the summer. john@hopechurchnyc.org

 

Rose Berberabe Family Ministry Director

Rose was born in the Philippines to loving parents who have done their best in raising and training their child to walk with the Lord. A graduate of Hofstra University for her Bachelors in Elementary Education and Queens College for her Masters in Education, she desires to continue to use her education background to help children strive for their best and for them to continually seek God's wisdom. Rose is blessed with a wonderful life partner Chris, and an adorable toddler Lia who keeps both parents in a state of wonder. rose@hopechurchnyc.org 

 
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David Hyun TECHNICAL Director

David was born and raised in Eastern Queens. He was a full time missionary with Youth With a Mission (“YWAM”) to Asia and Haiti right after college, and led our first ever short term missions trip to Thailand. He has a passion for spreading the gospel through works of justice and evangelism. He also has a knack for fixing things (many things). David enjoys good food, playing softball, trips to the beach, and being a Jesus freak.