Q: Who is starting this church?
A: Lutheran Church of Hope – one of the largest and fastest growing churches in America – is launching this satellite campus. Hope exists to bring the transformational and everlasting love of Jesus to the world around us. We are a Spirit-led, Bible-based, real-world, disciple-making church passionate about creative worship, spiritual growth for every generation, healthy marriages and families, serving our neighbors, feeding the hungry, building clean water wells and new churches in Africa, equipping both women and men to serve as church leaders, tearing down walls of injustice and division, and welcoming all into God’s family.
Q: What is a satellite campus?
A: Hope started in West Des Moines. When we ran out of room there, we launched new satellite campuses in Ankeny, Des Moines, Grimes, Waukee … and now Ames! Hope remains one church – one mission, one vision, one set of core values – that meets in multiple locations.
Q: Where and when does Hope Ames meet for worship?
A: We meet in the Ames City Auditorium at 520 6th St. Recently renovated and located in the heart of downtown Ames (5-minute drive from ISU & on CyRide), this beautiful and vintage auditorium has 881 theatre-style seats, and lots of free parking. Weekly services are Sundays at 9:00 and 10:30 am for all ages, and Wednesdays at 8:00 pm at The Link (3329 Lincoln Way) for college students.
Q: Who is the pastor at Hope Ames?
A: Danny Housholder, 25, is the Campus Minister at Hope Ames. Danny grew up attending Hope, graduated from Wartburg College (summa cum laude), and recently completed his classroom studies a year early at Bethel Seminary (Master of Divinity). Danny served as an intern pastor at Community of Grace Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake, MN for the past three years. His hobbies include sports, particularly running (a marathon enthusiast), occasional Netflix binges and pursuing the world’s best slice of chocolate cake.
Q: What can I expect at a Hope Ames Sunday morning service?
A: Worship at Hope Ames includes … a warm welcome as soon as you arrive … inspiring contemporary Christian music led by a talented live band … quality childcare for infants and toddlers … a children’s message during the service from Campus Minister Danny Housholder, followed by HopeKids (Sunday school) in the Gym … relevant and life-changing Bible-based sermons (usually an HD video simulcast of the Sunday sermon from Hope’s main campus in West Des Moines) … ministry time as the service concludes, with opportunities for praise, prayer, and getting to know new friends over coffee!
Q: Will Hope Ames offer ministries for all ages?
A: Yes! HopeKids (see above) for age 3 - grade 5 … PowerLife confirmation classes for grades 6-8 … Ignition for grades 9-12 … Kairos college ministry (see below) … and classes for adults, Life Groups, mission teams, mission trips (all over the world!), and numerous ways to serve and activate your faith!
Q: Will Hope Ames offer a ministry for college students?
A: Yes! Kairos for college students will meet on Wednesday nights at 8:00 pm, at the Link (3329 Lincoln Way)! Kairos features captivating live music, an inspiring message for college students by Danny Housholder, and plenty of good pizza! Kairos is a Greek word from Scripture meaning “opportune time or defining moment for us to find new life.” We hope this exciting new ministry will give college students (believers and non-believers alike) in Ames a spiritually safe place to explore Christianity, and discover the joy of living in God’s unconditional love. ALL students are welcome!
Q: If I don’t live in the Ames area, how can I help?
A: Please pray that God continues to inspire this new church! Invite your friends in Story County who don’t have a church home to get involved. Invite all of the college students you know in Ames to attend Kairos on Wednesdays at 8:00 pm. Stop by for a Sunday 10:30 am service at the Ames City Auditorium … if you don’t live in the Ames area, however, please wait a week (or two or three) after the official launch date of Aug. 20 to join us … we want to make sure all the best seats and parking spots will be available for those who live in the Ames area on “opening day.” Thanks for your support … and your patience!
Q: How can I find out more about Hope Ames?
A: Email Campus Minister Danny Housholder at [email protected]. Or, check out our website and follow us on social media: