"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, 

because the Lord has anointed me

to preach good news to the poor. 

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, 

to proclaim freedom for the captives

and release from darkness for the prisoners."

Isaiah 61:1 (NIV)

When Jesus began his earthly ministry, there was a moment where he read from Isaiah 61 and announced the mission of his public ministry to the world. This mission is now our mission as Hope Community Church. Jesus, the Anointed One, is the head of the church and our leader in all things great and small. Our mission is to "preach the Good News" of Christ to all peoples, but especially the poor in spirit, letting them know that Christ has paid a price for them and has a plan for them. Our mission is an extension of Christ's mission, and it extends to all peoples, and especially to the brokenhearted and poor, both in life and in spirit. Christ's mission lead to the release and freedom of imprisoned people. Freedom from the captivity of sins such as alcohol, drugs and lust, as well as freedom from the nature of sin that seeks to keep us from abundant life. Our mission brings light into the darkness, where prisoners of sin, prisoners of their own vices and hurts, and prisoners of their own feelings can be liberated. There is new life for all, through the Anointed One, Jesus Christ; that is the heartbeat of our mission. 


These are just a few of the many people who lead and serve in our community. 

  • Jeff Eaton

    Lead Pastor

    Jeff is the pastor of Hope Community Church in the Lawrenceburg/Frankfort Kentucky area. He has been a pastor since January 1986, and has served four Kentucky Baptist churches as pastor before planting Hope Community Church in August 1998. Jeff is a second generation pastor, therefore, a preacher's kid, his father Thurman Eaton pastored churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Illinois. Jeff is married to the former Julie Winn of Campbellsville, Ky. Julie is a gifted vocalist and teacher. She is a school nurse, and a mentor to minister's wives. Jeff and Julie have two children: Andrew and Laura. 

    Jeff is a graduate of Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, Kentucky. He is also a graduate of Campbellsville University B.S., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary M.Div., and Fuller Theological Seminary D.Min.

    Jeff is an adjunct professor at Campbellsville University's Louisville campus, and Campbellsville's main campus where he teaches classes in pastoral ministries, global missions, and historical revivals and awakenings. Jeff also conducts revivals, participates in conferences, leads seminars, and encourages churches and pastors to experience transformation and endure transition. 

    Jeff has an outdoor ministry called RevOutdoors. Through this ministry, he engages people who love the outdoors to experience Christ and His plan for their lives. Jeff speaks at wild game banquets, leads hunting seminars, and demonstrates the use of game calls. 


    Pastor of Worship and Students

    Logan Smith is the Pastor of Worship and Pastor to Students at Hope Community Church. He is husband to Kayla Smith and father to Ezra Thomas Smith. They currently live in Lawrenceburg, KY with their dog, Porter, and their cat, Dash. Kayla is an Anderson County native and is a math teacher at Anderson County High School. Logan is the son of Steven and Sheri Smith who are active members in Hope Church. He has served on staff at Hope Community Church since January, 2014. Logan received his bachelor's degree in Pastoral Ministry from Campbellsville University in December, 2016. 


    Office Administrator

    Susie Peyton is the Administrator at Hope Community Church, where she has worked for 19 years. She is married to Randy and they have two children: Gavin and his wife Natalie and two beautiful grandchildren, Kelen and Zander; and Sydney and her husband James. Susie's husband, Randy, is the pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Mt. Eden. 



    Tyra Lokey-Robinson is the staff evangelist at Hope Community Church. She travels and shares the hope of Christ through music and testimony in sign language. She is married and madly in love with the one who holds her heart: Jerry Robinson. God has blessed them with two beautiful daughters, Lyrica and Harmony, and a newborn son named Tenor. Tyra and Jerry also recently adopted three more kids into the Robinson family. Tyra graduated from Murray State University with a BA in Mass communications.


    CHildren's Pastor - KOMSO

    Amy has been volunteering in the children’s ministries since 2005, she joined the Kidzway team in 2010. Amy started attending Hope in 1998 when she met her to be husband Andrew at Lexmark. She moved to Anderson County in 2000 when they married. Amy and Andrew have two children, Drew who is 10 and Holland who is 7. Amy has a passion for serving others and loves teaching kids how to serve and to show others how much Jesus loves them. Amy is the Children’s Minister over KOMSO (Kids On Mission Serving Others).


    Children's PASTOR - SUNDAY

    Rickey has been involved with children's ministries at Hope since 2000. In our children's ministry, Rickey has been a key teacher and leader, and has naturally taken on more responsibility as he served. Currently, Rickey serves as the pastor at Kidzway Learning Center and oversees all children's ministry on Sundays at Hope. He has been married to his wife Sherrie for 31 years, and they have two kids and three grandkids. Rickey truly wants kids to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and he can't wait to see what God has in store for this next season of ministry. 

  • Stephanie Austin

    Children's Ministry administrator

    Stephanie has been working with the Children’s Ministry Team at Hope Church since July 2005. She began attending Hope in September 2001 shortly after she moved to Lawrenceburg from Murray, KY.  Stephanie’s role as Children’s Ministry Administrator has her involved in many aspects of the ministry including office support, teaching, curriculum specialist and more. She loves the diversity and being involved with so many people and children in the ministry. She has been married to Chuck Austin for 29 years and they have 3 children. Twin girls, Mackenzie and Meghan who are 24 years old. Meghan married Chris Drennan in October 2014 and lives in Murray. They also have a son, Tucker who is 16 years old. Stephanie’s desire is to love on kids and help them to grow in their relationship with Christ.


    Pastor of Missional Development (Rivertree Jackson)

    Drew Causey currently serves as the Pastor of Missional Development at RiverTree Christian Church in Massillon, OH. Drew oversees the missional communities of RiverTree Jackson and helps develop systems for launching missionaries and missional communities to every street and neighborhood in the Jackson Township. Before being sent to Ohio, Drew spent eleven years as the Pastor of Worship and Discipleship at Hope Church. Drew hails from Baton Rouge, LA, and is a graduate of LSU (BA, MA) and Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div, D.Min in process). Drew and Catherine are raising three rowdy, adventurous boys together, and in their spare time enjoy traveling to and exploring new places.