I’ve loved Jesus and the Church for as long as I can remember. The best part of my week is when I get to see someone learn something new about how much God loves them or what He made them for. My job is to teach people God’s word, love and serve our community like Jesus, and help Harbor of Hope follow where God leads.
My Favorite Place in Massachusetts: Singing Beach
My Favorite Drink: Hazelnut Coffee from Dunkin’
My Family: My husband is Jeremy (a witty electrical engineer and musician) and my kids are Esther (loves all things art, unicorn, or book-related) and Silas (a party looking for a location).
Social Media: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1924766)
I grew up with Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Youth Group at church. My parents were involved in a lot of ways both at church and in the community so they set an example for serving others. In 1999 I discovered a passion for leading women in Bible study, and since then I have led countless Bible study groups and started & led two women’s ministry teams before I joined the Elder Team at Harbor in 2016. I currently work in Human Resources at a home healthcare agency in Bedford MA.
My Favorite Place in Massachusetts: Salisbury Beach (or any beach really)
My Favorite Drink: Hot Latte made with Almond Milk
My Family: My husband is Gord (tall, dark & handsome) and we are empty nesters with our daughters living in London, Canada (Katharine) and Des Moines, IA (Jillayne)
Social Media: @judisop2 on Instagram
"We've no less days to sing God's praise than when we first begun." - Amazing Grace.
Music has always been a huge part of my life. From my first concert (Huey Lewis and The News), to the band I've seen the most (Rush), to the Christian Music Festival in New England that I go to every year (SoulFest), it's hard to find a period of my life when it wasn't.
God has also always been a huge part of my life. From my time as an altar boy, to singing in a church choir in college, to leading worship at a church plant, and now at Harbor - He's always been there for me. It's hard to find a period of my life when He wasn't molding me, guiding me, and making me into something (someone) new.
At Harbor of Hope I get to use my favorite thing (music) to talk about my favorite person (Jesus) on my favorite topic (the Gospel).
When you visit Harbor, my hope is that the band on stage doesn't distract you from worshipping our Creator. If you leave thinking "Wow, the band was great today," then I've failed.
My Favorite Place in Massachusetts: Edward A. LeLacheur Park (Former home of the Lowell Spinners). Also....anywhere people congregate with their dogs.
My Favorite Drink: Diet Sprite. Coffee too.
My Family: My amazing wife Liz, my teenage son Jonathan, and we have a dog (Daisy) and a cat (Gerrick).
Social Media: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/paul1316)
Elder, Kid's Harbor Director
I grew up in the church, playing in handbell choirs and serving on my youth group boards. It took me until college to recognize that being involved in a church is different than having a personal relationship with Jesus. I still count my blessings for the friends from that phase who showed me how beautiful that relationship can be. With a background in elementary education, I delight in working with children. I have the privilege of leading an incredible team of volunteers as we show our youngest friends that they are an integral part of our church family. The best part of my job is teaching kids about God's perfect love; that nothing we do can make God love us more, and nothing we do can make God love us less.
My Favorite Places in Massachusetts: Crane Beach in the summer, Stone Arch Bridge the rest of the year
My Favorite Drink: Iced latte from Starbucks
My Family: I am married to my high school sweetheart, Marc (lifelong drummer, running tights enthusiast) and mom to Maryn (dancer, child-whisperer, Pentatonix's biggest fan), Molly (dancer, actress, empathetic spirit), Willow (dancer, dinner table comedian, expert regarding cute animals), and our small flock of chickens.
Social Media: Instagram (@ahrendish)
My husband John and I have called Harbor our home church for the past 15 years. We feel so grateful to be raising our 4 boys in this special community! We love Jesus, love our church, and want to love and serve our however we can. I have had many roles here at Harbor during my time here including director of local and global ministry and a worship leader, but have served as an elder since 2020.
My Favorite Place in Massachusetts: Cape Cod beaches and Newburyport.
My Favorite Drink: a good cappuccino
My Family: My husband is John ( electrical engineer and Celtics fan) and my kids are Parker, Jackson, Grayson, and Brooks. We live in Groton.
Social Media: Facebook (Facebook) Instagram (@laurabeth14, @simpleslowsmall).