Pastor Josh Shaffer

Josh Shaffer is a Delaware County native.  He, his wife Holly, and their daughters Lily, Evangeline, and Alana live in Norwood PA.  

After graduating from Philadelphia Biblical University, Josh went on to complete a MA in Theological studies at Liberty Theological Seminary.  

Josh firmly believes that the Church was never intended to be a religious institution. Instead, the Church is a movement founded by Jesus, devoted to carrying out the mission of God in the world.     

Worship Leader,

Sean Higgins

Sean Higgins is a lifetime Delaware County resident.  He has been serving in the worship ministry for over five years.  Sean joined Hope Community Church in 2013 and started serving as worship leader the following year. He and his wife Michelle live in Ridley Township with their three children.  

Sean felt led to join the congregation because he believes the Lord is working through this emerging church.  He is also a cancer survivor and he firmly believes that our faith can grow stronger in the midst of weakness.   Sean is excited to see God’s will revealed for Hope Community and how he can play a part in this grand plan.

Administrative Director,

Karen Peterkin

Karen Peterkin graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Music Education.  She left the full-time teaching profession when her first child was born, but has remained active in event planning, preschool teaching, and administration work.

Feeling prompted to serve others and serve His church, she answered God's call and became Hope's Administrative Director in 2013.  Karen lives in Springfield, PA with her husband, Joshua, and their three children.