staff & Leadership

  • Aaron Roy


    Both Aaron and his wife Sugar received their schooling from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. Aaron majored in Bible Theology, and Sugar majored in International Missions. While in Chicago they faithfully served at an inner city church and para-church organization for 8 years. In 2008 God led them to Richmond to restart the church. They have three children: Aaron (12), Isaiah (11), and Eden (9). Aaron enjoys reading books about theology and history, all sports, playing with his children, and trying new foods! Sugar enjoys cooking, reading Scripture, novels and biographies, running, and is a Sudoku junkie. They are truly blessed to be serving Living Hope in this capacity, and are trusting God for great things in the future! You can contact Pastor Aaron here.

  • Mary riley

    finance officer

    Mary is originally from Cincinnati, OH. She moved to San Francisco with her family at a young age, and spent her growing up years in the city. She is married to Artis (aka Pete), and they have a son Terrence. Mary has been heavily involved with LHNC since the church was birthed in early 2008. Once Mary retired she took on the role of Finance Officer. Mary has a passion for discipling new believers in the faith. She co-leads one of our women's discipleship grous, and also serves at our AWANA club. She enjoys shopping, traveling, playing with her dog, and fellowshipping with the ladies of the church.

  • dave clark


    Pastor Dave grew up in Paw Paw, Michigan. He earned his bachelor's degree in Economics & Management from Albion College in Albion MI. Dave moved to Chicago in the fall of 2001 to study Urban Ministry at Moody Graduate School. He earned his Master's from Moody, and then served 8 years with Sunshine Gospel Ministries doing youth ministry. Dave serves on the board of two ministries in Africa: Hallomai International and Africa Revolution. He is passionate about seeing the church go on mission together. Dave is married to Joanna (aka Josie), and they have a 17 year old son named Pablo. He enjoys working out, running, reading, exploring Richmond restaurants, and drinking tall glasses of milk. You can contact Pastor Dave here.

  • syria t. berry

    worship pastor

    Syria was born in San Francisco and has lived in the Bay Area all of his life. He is married to his wife Rita and has two grown children and three grand children. After years of using his musical gifts in various venues, in 2004 Syria began using his musical gifts in the church. He studied Praise and Worship at Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, and received his diploma in Praise and Worship from Beacon University Institute of Ministry in 2007. His music has opened many doors for him to minister (Gospel Academy Awards, opera, and commercials) but he especially loves leading others into worship at LHNC. He says, “At Living Hope we praise God with immeasurable joy! I invite all with the desire to make a joyful noise to join us on Sundays.” Syria enjoys studying theology and church history, playing tennis, watching sports, and working on music with his lovely wife Rita and their group Crimson Flow.

  • Elaine dach

    administrative assistant and custodian

    Elaine is a native New Yorker. She was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens. She moved to California in 1971. Elaine has four children and two grandchildren. She worked as a Pre-school teacher from 1997 to 2011. Elaine began working at LHNC in the summer of 2015. Her other work is as an author of children's books and poetry, which are in the publishing process. She is a ministry partner in a church in India and, wants to become involved in missions work there. Elaine's passion is being a prayer warrior and a spiritual encourager to people saved and unsaved. She also enjoys reading, writing, decorating, crafts, sewing, and cooking.