church leadership & staff

  • Joseph Lum, SEnior Pastor

    Joe was born and raised in Seattle, was saved by the Lord Jesus from his sins at a young age, and called to the ministry after his studies at the UW (BS Electrical Engineering, 1992). He was ordained in 1998, educated at The Master’s Seminary (Master of Divinity, 1995), and Dallas Theological Seminary (Master of Sacred Theology 1998; Doctor of Ministry 2005 in Biblical Counseling). He assisted in the planting of Living Hope Bible Church, has served there in various roles since 1995 and as the senior pastor since 2001. He enjoys spending time with his family, fellowship with other believers, worshiping the Lord, home projects, working out, and has been very involved in short-term missions often with a focus on training pastors (Cambodia, India, Philippines, Uganda, Mexico, & Honduras). He served for four years as a board member of Action International Ministries, a mission agency reaching the neediest people in the world with the Gospel. His favorite scriptures include Ecclesiastes 12:13, Acts 20:24, 2 Timothy 2:15, and 2:24. 

  • jerry mitchell, pastor-teacher

    Jerry was born in Illinois, but spent most of his growing up years in Southern California. He accepted the Lord through the family of his best friend, who had cared for him and witnessed to him for several years. Shortly after receiving Jesus as his Savior, at 20 years old he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he was followed-up and encouraged in his faith by the Navigator Ministry. After his discharge, he enrolled in Biola University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Bible, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Talbot Seminary and a Doctorate in Ministry from California Graduate School of Theology. He served on John MacArthur's staff from 1970-1980 when he became the Senior Pastor of Crossroads Bible Church. He faithfully served at Crossroads for almost 40 years. He and his wife Jan have been blessed with 4 children and 10 grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. Jerry Mitchell joined Living Hope Bible Church as a part-time Pastor-Teacher as of February 2022.

  • ted way, elder

    Ted is passionate about youth ministry and has served in various ministries at Living Hope Bible Church, from the high school group, college group, and now the middle school group. He was born in Taiwan, went to elementary school in Tucson, AZ, and then went back to Taiwan for middle and high school, where he accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. After receiving his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, he and his wife Alice moved to Seattle in 2008, where he now works as a program manager at Microsoft.  He and his wife enjoy spending time with their daughter and son in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

  • daniel mar, deacon chairman

    Daniel was born and raised in Washington as the third of five homeschooled siblings, graduated from the University of Washington, and works as a research scientist for UW Medicine. He is grateful to God for saving him and bringing him into fellowship with the LHBC family at an early age, and for giving him plenty of opportunities to serve and grow in the faith over the years. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

  • vernon chee, deacon

    Vern was born in Bremerton, WA and raised in San Francisco and Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington and currently works for Boeing. He is married to Bing and are blessed with two sons.  He was saved in 1989 and has attended and served at Living Hope Bible Church since its inception.  He is involved in the A/V Ministry, active in small group, and was instrumental in the acquisition of the LHBC facility.

  • chris rogers, deacon

    Chris was born in California, but has spent his childhood and adult life in Western Washington.  He became a Christian when he was 22 years old and is incredibly grateful for what God did and is doing in his life! He actually became a Christian in an empty apartment just two blocks from Living Hope. Ask him about the details. Sara agreed to be his wife 25 years ago, they have 5 children and 4 grandchildren.

  • stacy lew, deaconess

    Stacy was born and raised in Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington, studying Industrial Engineering and Multnomah Seminary, earning a graduate bible certificate. Stacy was saved at age 5 at a VBS and committed her life to Christ at age 13. She is married to her high school sweetheart Adam and they have three children. Together, they enjoy sports and serving others for God's glory.

  • karen berger, Deaconess
    children's ministry coordinator

    Karen was born in California, but moved to the Bellevue area when she was five years old and has lived in the area ever since. She was saved at a young age and grew up attending and serving alongside her family at church. Staying local, she graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Home & Family Life Education and a K-8 Teaching Certificate. Using her degree, she has taught in the public, private, and homeschooling fields for the past 26 years. Her teaching role at home is coming to an end as two of her four homeschooled children are already in college and the other two are finishing high school. Since her college years, she has volunteered as a teacher or ministry leader in Children's Ministry at the churches she's attended. She has also been employed as a Nursery Director for two different organizations. After attending LHBC for six years with her husband Rick and their children, Karen joined LHBC staff as the Children's Ministry Coordinator in March 2019.

  • daniel emme, director of worship ministry

    Born and raised in Kent, WA, Daniel grew up going to church with his family and was saved in high school at youth group. After graduating from Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Music and Worship, he was called to the music ministry. He and his wife, Ana, got married in 2019 and have a 1 year old son. They also own and operate Emme Music Studio, teaching private lessons in King County. Daniel has served as Director of Worship Ministry at Living Hope Bible Church since July 2021.

  • Wendy Mar, Administrative Assistant

    Originally from San Francisco, CA, Wendy came up to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administrations and stayed in the Pacific Northwest. Wendy accepted Jesus as her personal Savior at age 7 at VBS and reaffirmed her faith in high school. She enjoys spending time with her husband and four kids. She was part of the core team that led to what is now Living Hope Bible Church and has been an Administrative Assistant since November 2017.

  • nita susanto, administrative assistant

    Upon graduating from high school in Indonesia, Nita came to the United States to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree  in Graphic Design from Iowa State University. She was involved in the Indonesian Christian Fellowship back in college and during one of the college retreats, was saved and accepted Jesus as her personal Savior.  In that fellowship, she met her husband, Andy, and have been blessed with two children. She takes delight in cooking and baking for her family, gardening, traveling, and interior design.  She has been an Administrative Assistant with Living Hope Bible Church since December 2018.