Meet The Staff

Mike Gates

Lead Pastor

Mike has been the Lead Pastor of Living Hope Church since 1994 and has a desire to see people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. He has a passion for relational ministry and enjoys connecting with the families of the church. He and his wife Gayla have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and one granddaughter. Mike enjoys spending time with his family, golf, photography, and fishing.

Jay Manguba

Executive Pastor

Jay has been attending Living Hope with his wife, Faith and their two children since May 2005. Jay joined the staff in March 2010 after deciding to leave a twelve-year corporate America career to pursue a calling to ministry. Jay is passionate about developing leaders, challenging Christians to live with authenticity, and helping the unchurched to discover Jesus. Jay loves discovering new restaurants and loves to watch and play all sports.

Keegan Walsh

Student Pastor

Keegan is a graduate of North Central University with a B.A. in Youth Ministries and joined the Living Hope staff in January 2011. He has a passion for students and seeing them become fully committed followers of Jesus Christ. Keegan was married to his wife Christa in 2010 and enjoys spending his time with her and his son, Breckin and daughter, Elle Rose. His hobbies include media design using Apple Computers, being on or around lakes and skateboarding/snowboarding among other sports.

Cheryl Gleason

Elementary Pastor

Cheryl is the Elementary Pastor at Living Hope Church. Cheryl oversees the elementary-aged children, training of the 252 small group leaders and the AMPLIFY team. Cheryl enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters.

Susan Tolentino

Early Childhood Pastor

Susan serves as the Early Childhood Pastor of Living Hope Church and enjoys ministering to families by taking great care of their children. She leads a great team of leaders that make sure that every child is taken great care of not only physically but also spiritually. Susan enjoys time spent with her husband and three daughters.

Jason Lowe

Community Life Pastor

Jason serves as Living Hope Church’s Community Life Pastor. Jason’s role involves helping new guests assimilate into the life of our church while providing pastoral care to the needs of our church as a whole. Jason has ministry experience both in the church and para-church context dating back to 1995. Jason and his wife Apryl live in Elgin with their two boys, Jacob and Myles. Jason loves sports, date nights with Apryl and hanging out with his extended family.

Celby Hadley

Worship Pastor

Celby joined the Living Hope staff in April of 2013 and serves as the Worship Pastor. He has a heart to see people worshiping The Lord in Spirit and Truth. Celby is a graduate of Taylor University where he met his wife Janell. They were married in July of 2012 and live in Elk Grove Village with their daughter Abrielle Marie. Celby enjoys spending time with his family and friends, running, playing board games, and songwriting.

Elaine Laky

Office Manager and Pastoral Assistant

Elaine is responsible for the organization and coordination of office operations, procedures and resources as well as provides assistance to the pastoral staff. She and her husband Matt and their daughter have been attending Living Hope since 2007. Elaine joined the office staff in 2010. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her family and playing with her seven pet birds.

Lisa Prince

Administrative Assistant/Web

Lisa provides secretarial and clerical assistance to the staff as well as maintains the website and helps coordinate the church calendar. Lisa has been attending Living Hope for many years and joined the Living Hope staff in 2001. Lisa and her husband have been married since 1988 and have two sons. She loves spending time with her family, gardening and tending to her pond.

Sandy Burns

Office Assistant

Sandy joined the Living Hope staff in 2011 and has become a great help to the team. She is an Office Assistant and is a key part of helping the workflow in the office moving at a great pace.

Juan Garcia

Building Engineer

Juan joined the Living Hope staff on a part-time basis in early 2010. He took on the full-time position of Building Engineer in the fall of 2013. Juan, his wife Gina and their daughter Ava have been attending our church since 2005. When he is not doing repairs, upgrades or as we call it here Juanifying” he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, amusement parks and grilling his world famous “Arracheras”.

Glorifying God by developing fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ to affect our world.