Staff

Chad Gullion

Pastor Chad was called as the third Lead Pastor in Living Hope’s history in December of 2008. After serving as a police officer for almost four years, Chad entered the Gospel Ministry. For 11 years, he served the Lord as an Associate and Youth Pastor. Chad has an earned MDiv from the Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary and a MAR in Church Ministries from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminiary. Pastor Chad and his wife, Bethany, have two children, Kara and Seth.

Beverly Abbott

Beverly Abbott has served faithfully at Living Hope as the Director of the Weekday Preschool since 1997. Beverly also serves at Living Hope in other capacities including the Sunday children’s ministry program and nursery. She has a passion to reach children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Beverly and her husband, Ken, have three daughters and three grandchildren.

Brad Lavoie

Brad Lavoie joined our team at Living Hope in September of 2013. Brad is a graduate of Bluefield College and he also has an earned MDiv from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brad was ordained to the Gospel Ministry at Living Hope on June 4, 2017. He has a passion to reach students in our community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Brad and his wife, Jenna, have two children, Cora Beth and Carter.

Shelli Dimmer

Shelli Dimmer joined our team in August of 2010 as our part-time Financial Secretary. Shelli earned a bachelor degree in Business Administration from UNCC. She has two daughters, Morgan and Kayla.

Sandy Petrilak

Sandy Petrilak began her journey at Living Hope in 2014 with the weekday preschool as a lead teacher. In the spring of 2018, Sandy transitioned into a ministry position as the Interim Children’s Director. Sandy has a passion and love for teaching children about the love of God. In September of 2018, Sandy accepted the position as the part-time Children’s Director at Living Hope. Sandy and her husband, Rob have two children, Rachel and Robbie. The Petrilak family is extremely enthusiastic about hockey!!