Senior Pastor // Burlington Campus PastorPastor Rick serves as the Senior Pastor and the Campus Pastor of our Burlington Campus. He oversees all ministries and disciples the congregation through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word. Pastor Rick is a “homegrown” pastor. He first attended Mount Hope at the age of eight. Through the years he has served the church in a variety of roles from mowing the lawns to being a part of the pastoral staff. Pastor Rick completed his undergraduate work at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri and then went on to receive Masters of Divinity and Masters in Theology degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. He resides in Lowell with his wife, Wendy, and their two children Isaac and Isabella.
Senior Associate Pastor // Belmont Campus PastorPastor Brian began serving at Mount Hope during his time at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. A transplant from Omaha, NE, Brian earned a degree in Christian Education from Northwestern College (IA) before finishing his Masters of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell. Brian’s wife, Lori, has been a part of Mount Hope since she was a child, and currently she works as a CPA in Boston’s financial district. Brian and Lori have two children, Katelyn and Jackson. Brian’s desire is for Mount Hope to continue to grow together as a community as individuals grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Mount Hope Christian School PrincipalElaine Driscoll is the Principal of Mount Hope School. Chief among Mrs. Driscoll’s many responsibilities with children is ensuring that every child that comes to Mount Hope School has a chance to hear and respond to a clear presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The school, Burlington’s only private elementary and pre-school, is one of the largest ministries of the church. Before taking on her role as Mount Hope’s Principal in 1995, Mrs. Driscoll worked with the Arlington Public School System. Mrs. Driscoll and her husband Bernie live in Burlington and have two children, Bernie and Joanne and two grandchildren.
Vice Principal | Director of PreschoolMrs. Treworgy, a Burlington native, graduated with a BA in Education from Mount Saint Mary College and a Masters in Reading from Northeastern University. She obtained her Lead Teacher Certification through EEC. Sue has been with Mount Hope since 1989. She taught 1st Grade for five years, 2nd Grade for one year, and then became a preschool teacher. She has been the Preschool Director at Mount Hope since 1991. Sue is passionate about teaching her students that they are special; God made them and loves them. She enjoys watching her students engage in learning through puppets, finger plays and stories. It is a pleasure to observe them engaging with one another.
Associate PastorPastor Marvin took on the role of Associate Pastor in the Fall of 2015. Marvin began serving at Mount Hope in 2013 as a Mentored Ministry Intern from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he earned a Masters of Divinity. Prior to that he attended Central Bible College (Evangel University) in Springfield, MO and Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Marvin and his wife Jenafer have lived in Massachusetts since 2012. Jenafer works as a Clinical Pharmacist in Boston. Pastor Marvin oversees Community Groups, and is a member of the Preaching Team. He is passionate about making sure that everyone who attends Mount Hope is connected with the church community.
Office Manager | Administrative AssistantMary Basler, was born in Montreal, Canada and moved to the United States in 1995 after marrying her husband, Bill. Mary is a graduated from Concordia University and obtained her BA in Political Science. She and her husband have been attending Mount Hope since 1996 and has been our Office Manager/Administrative Assistant for the last 16 years, overseeing daily team and office operations. Mary enjoys hosting and spending quality time with friends and family, decorating, and gardening. Mary, Bill, and their two children live in Tewksbury, MA.
Aaron and Jessi Cieply
Worship Team LeadersAaron and Jessi Cieply moved to New England from southwestern Pennsylvania to pioneer Youth With a Mission (YWAM) Boston (Jessi came in 2006 and Aaron in 2009). They were married in 2011 and are now parents to 3 little boys: Dustin, Jonah, and Aaden. Both have served as YWAM missionaries in various ministry capacities from student outreach to Bible training to leading international outreach trips and all along the way leading people into God's presence through music. Their heart is to see revival come in New England again so that the nations may come to Jesus. They desire to see people encounter the living God as they create an atmosphere for His presence to dwell on earth as it is in heaven. They are new to the Burlington area as of the summer of 2017, previously living in Malden. They began leading worship at Mount Hope February 2018.
Student Ministries DirectorJames serves as Mount Hope's Student Ministries Director. Since high school, James has longed to see students come to know, love, and follow Jesus in meaningful ways in their lives. He has faithfully served the youth at Mount Hope over the years in several different capacities, and is now devoted to leading the students and the ministry to new heights in the future! James is a lifelong resident of Burlington and a graduate of Open Bible Academy on Winn Street. After high school, he attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he studied Biblical Counseling. Currently, James continues to further his education through ministry-related schooling.
Preaching TeamJustin and Alin have been a part of Mount Hope since 2008. Together with their two sons, Ethan and Noah, they love being a part of the Mount Hope community and serving at the Belmont campus. Justin, a native of New Jersey, serves as a professor at Boston University, where he also completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He is passionate about communicating the love of Jesus Christ and also received an M.A. In Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Alin, who grew up in Philadelphia, is a physician and serves as a staff nephrologist for Tufts Medical Center. Despite Justin being an obnoxious Yankees/Giants/Knicks/Rangers fan, his love for New England and its people continue to grow. Together they are so grateful for the joy, freedom, and peace that comes from knowing Jesus, and hope to share that with others.
Children's Ministry Director // BurlingtonDonna Favini serves as the Children’s Ministry Director of both campuses. She oversees children, ages birth through grade five, and provides exciting lessons and environments for children on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. Donna was a teacher in both private and public school for seven years before stepping into this role when her daughter was born. She has an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and received her Masters in English Language Learning from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. Donna has been part of Mount Hope since she was a child. She and her husband, Eric, met in their teens while attending youth group at Mount Hope. They live in Billerica with their daughter Mia. Donna’s goal is to partner with parents in helping the children of Mount Hope grow in their walk with Christ.
Children's Ministry Director // BelmontMelissa D’Agostino serves as the director of Mount Hope Kids Adventure at the Belmont Campus. Every week, Melissa and her team teach interactive lessons and create exciting environments for children from birth to 5th grade. Melissa’s goal is to help each child build a growing relationship with Jesus and to partner with families to meet this goal. In addition to her role at Mount Hope, Melissa works as a Fourth-Grade Teacher. Melissa holds a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Elementary Education. Melissa and her husband Mike are the proud parents of a two-year-old son, Maddox.
Business OfficePam manages our Business Office at Mount Hope. Starting with Mount Hope Christian School's nursery, Pam has served in a variety of roles. She is originally from Puerto Rico where she earned her BBA at the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras, and her MBA at Universidad Central de Bayamon. Pam and her family became a part of the Mount Hope Family, after they moved to the area from western Massachusetts. Along with managing our Business Office, Pam also serves on the Refresh Women’s Ministry Leadership Team. Her husband Luis, is a part of Mount Hope's Worship Team. Pam and Luis have three children, Jessica, Esteban, and Luis Raoul. Pam is passionate about bringing glory and honor to God through practical service.