Our team is gathered around the vision of helping people take next steps in their journey of faith.



Peter grew up in the North East as the son of a pastor, and grew up watching his parents serve the local church. It was during the summer of his Sophomore year of High School that Peter felt God leading him to dedicate his life to the local church. During college he had a class with this beautiful woman name Tiffany. After she fell head over heels for him, they got married and the rest is history! Together they have three kids, Noah, Grace, & Leah.

Peter is a graduate from Philadelphia Biblical University and Biblical Theological Seminary. While at Biblical Seminary, He spent significant amount of time studying what it means for the local church to both strategic and missional in their community. He and Tiffany have spent 14 years in full time ministry and are passionate about seeing people connect with God in a real & authentic way. Peter’s desire is to see people trust God with their life and live their life in a way that impacts their community for Jesus. He is the author of an e-book, “Empowered- Discover how you can engage in the mission of God”.

If he’s not spearfishing, over at crescent beach with his family, or doing DIY projects, you’d probably find him at home enjoying a cup of cold brew coffee with Tiffany or trying to make his three wild and crazy kids bust a gut laughing at his antics.

Peter and his wife Tiffany started Hope City Church to help people take their next steps in their journey of faith. This is more than a job, this is a passion, it’s a mission for the both Tiffany and Peter.


Justin Lanham

Youth Pastor

Being #FORtheNextGeneration is a passion that runs deep here at Hope City. Justin oversees our student ministry from 6-12th grade and looks to create opportunities to connect the next generation to Christ!

Have questions about how we can get your students plugged in?

Contact Justin today at

Matt Leicht

Worship Director

Here at Hope City, we believe that God is the creator of everything and has given us so much. We have every reason to worship God and declare His worth. Matt leads a team each and every week that helps our community engage the heart of God through worship.

Interested in learning more about our worship ministry?

Contact Matt at

Cassidy Rickrode

Hospitality Director

Relationships matter. For too long Church has been a place where people go, rather than a place people connect. Cassidy works hard to ensure that Hope City is a place where you can Find Hope, and Experience Home, whether that’s pouring you a cup of cold brew, or helping you over at Next Steps, her team is ready to serve you and your friends.

Love helping people feel at home?

Contact Cassidy at

Tiffany Gowesky

Interim Kids Director

Hope City Kids is a place where Faith, Fun, and Adventure await. We have dozens of people who are #FORtheNextGeneration on the Hope City Kids team. Tiffany leads those leaders to make a difference in our kids lives here at Hope City.

Do you have a passion to help the next generation?

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Paige Leicht

Hope City Kids Administrator

No detail is too small when it comes to our kids knowing and loving Jesus. Paige ensures that our weekend programing goes off without a hitch, and that is because of her dedication to organizing and implementing our weekend programing for our leaders to execute on Sunday mornings.

Have some time to help us during the week to get ready for the weekend?

Contact Paige at

Jen Ruffin

Reach Coordinator

Being #FORsarasota is not just a hashtag, it is a mission, it is a part of our pulse here at Hope City. We believe that following Jesus should make a difference in the way we live, and our lives should make a difference in the place we live. Jen supports our Reach team and all of our community initiatives.

Do you have a drive to love our neighbors in Sarasota?

Contact Jen at

Liz Taylor

Creative Director

God is incredibly creative.  We see that everywhere we turn.  This is why we are so passionate about being creative here at Hope City.  We believe that our creativity mimics the heart of God.  Liz is one of the most creative people you’ll ever meet, and she inspires our church to be more creative with everything she touches.

Have a flair for the creative?

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Julianne Rill

Connect Groups Coordinator

The most meaningful times in life are when you are meaningfully connected with God and others! Connect Groups offer that experience in a way that enriches your life. Julianne loves to see people get connected here at Hope City.

Interested in joining or leading a connect group?

Contact Julianne at

Joe Rill

Connect Groups Coordinator

Circles are better than rows. That’s a fact! Our connect groups are a place where people can gather together to grow in their relationship with God and others. Joe helps people get out of Sunday’s rows, and into midweek circles where relationships grow and develop. Join a connect group, and watch your relationships grow!

Interested in getting connected in community?

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Preston Cain

Roadies Coordinator

We don’t wait for people to come to us, we take church to the people. This is why we set up and transform a school into an environment where people can connect with God and others. Our Roadies team, led by Preston, is a group of people who are first in, and last out each and every week. They do this so that people can encounter God in a distraction free environment that allows them to take their next steps in their journey of faith.

Want to help us take church to the people?

Contact Preston at


Are you new to Hope City? Have questions about how you get connected to the church? Interested in learning more about our community? Pastor Peter would love to grab a coffee and get to know you better. Click the link to find a time that works for you.