Matt joined Blessed Hope in March of 2014.  He is a graduate of Augustana College, Western Illinois University,  and Liberty Theological Seminary.  Before following God’s call into full-time ministry, he worked as an elementary school counselor.  Matt and his wife Carrie have three children, two living at home and one who is on staff with Heartland Community Church in North Liberty, Iowa.  It is absolutely ridiculous how much Matt loves being a pastor.  He is also pretty fond of drinking coffee, smoking a good cigar and cheering for the Cubs.

  • Vincent Derr, director of children and youth ministries

    Vince joined Blessed Hope in November of 2016.  He is currently studying for his masters through Western Theological Seminary and is a graduate of Central College in 2014.  He has spent three summers as a counselor with Lake View Camp and he joined them as a ministry intern this past summer.  While working with Lake View Camp, Vince also preached regularly at a small church.  He also spent two years as a church intern at a church in Michigan.  Vince enjoys superheros, sports, and spending time in the woods!


    Malea joined the staff at Blessed Hope in May of 2017, although she has been worshipping here with her husband Scott and two children since 2008.  It is here at Blessed Hope where God began to stir her heart for service and living life with gospel intentionality.  She cares deeply about the mission of the church and God's design for community within it.  Malea loves to read, spend time with her family, is an avid runner, and enjoys a good crossword puzzle!


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Blessed Hope Church

1509 South M Ave. · Vinton, IA 52349