Leadership Team

Wave 1 Wave 1 Mobile

It’s a team effort

Our cells, congregations, teams and leaders are all building the same house, but are all uniquely inspired, gifted and assigned. We think about them less as positions filled by people, but rather people expressing their gifts and talents.


Rachel Sensenig

Pastor, South Philly

[email protected]

I made a covenant with Circle of Hope in 2003 and was called into pastoral leading in 2010. Before that, I worked in HIV community mental health here in Philly for 12 years with my Masters of Social Work. I’m passionate about people getting to know God together, especially in the organically growing small groups that we call “cells”—like cells of a body—because God became human to be with us. I love questions about life and spirituality, the beauty of the natural world, cooking, creating music, advocating for peace and justice, and carving out space for silence and contemplative prayer. I live in South Philly with my husband Jeff and two children, who are now taller than me. 🙂 She also writes on her blog, Looking Up.

Julie Hoke

Pastor, Germantown

[email protected]

I first moved to Germantown in 2003. Philadelphia became my home as I put down roots, connected with my neighbors and invested in the community. Being a part of Circle of Hope helped me do that! I found Jesus followers who cared about social justice, compassion, creativity and relationships. Over the years, this faith community has provided a way for me to bring my experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in line with the joy of making disciples and planting the church. Since God took on flesh and moved into the neighborhood, I am confident that how we live with those around us has a direct impact on our life with God. Jesus makes himself known and faith gets expressed communally! I have a husband and two kids, and lots of plants. I love how gardening and pastoring both involve tending to what God is doing now, and growing what is next.

Wave 3

Church Staff

Jimmy Weitzel, Building Manager

[email protected]

Jimmy grew up here in Philadelphia and lives in South Philly. When he isn’t managing Circle Thrift you can usually catch him leading worship at 2212 South Broad, or helping coordinate cells as a Cell Leader Coordinator. He has been connected with Circle of Hope for three years, and has felt called to lead and bring people closer to Jesus. He is also open about his struggles with addiction and has been sober close to five years. He is always willing to help out whoever is in need.

Laura Villeneuve-Saez, Communications Manager

[email protected]

Laura moved to Philadelphia in 2016 to attend school at Temple University. She has been a part of the Circle of Hope community since 2018. Her passions include the environment, plants, and music.

Leadership Team

Our cells, congregations, teams and leaders are all building the same house, but are all uniquely inspired, gifted and assigned.

Tricia Fussaro

Lead Cell Leader Coordinator

Ra Mendoza

Church Planting Core Leader

Donovan Hayes

Compassion Core Team Leader

Rebekah McLendon

Capacity Core Team Leader