Our team is gathered around the vision of helping people take next steps in their journey of faith.


Peter grew up in the North East as the son of a pastor, and grew up watching his parents serve the local church. It was during the summer of his Sophomore year of High School that Peter felt God leading him to dedicate his life to the local church. During college he had a class with this beautiful woman name Tiffany. After she fell head over heels for him, they got married and the rest is history! Together they have three kids, Noah, Grace, & Leah.

Peter is a graduate from Philadelphia Biblical University and Biblical Theological Seminary. While at Biblical Seminary, He spent significant amount of time studying what it means for the local church to both strategic and missional in their community. He and Tiffany have spent 14 years in full time ministry and are passionate about seeing people connect with God in a real & authentic way. Peter’s desire is to see people trust God with their life and live their life in a way that impacts their community for Jesus. He is the author of an e-book, “Empowered- Discover how you can engage in the mission of God”.

If he’s not spearfishing, over at crescent beach with his family, or doing DIY projects, you’d probably find him at home enjoying a cup of cold brew coffee with Tiffany or trying to make his three wild and crazy kids bust a gut laughing at his antics.

Peter and his wife Tiffany started Hope City Church to help people take their next steps in their journey of faith. This is more than a job, this is a passion, it’s a mission for the both Tiffany and Peter.

Meet the team.

Tiffany Gowesky

Discipleship  Pastor
The most meaningful times in life are when you are meaningfully connected with God and others! Connect Groups offer that experience in a way that enriches your life. Tiffany loves to see people get connected here at Hope City.

Interested in joining or leading a connect group?
Contact Tiffany

Brandon LeFevre

Youth Pastor
Here at Hope City we are FOR the Next Generation.  Hope City Youth is a place for your teenager to be known, and loved.  We believe your student is a world changer, and we want to partner with you as you point your kids to Jesus.  Pastor Brandon loves walking alongside of students as they explore their faith and make it their own.  We know this is one of the most pivotal years in a students life.  

Interested in learning more about our Hope City Youth?
 Contact Brandon

Matt Leicht

Worship Director 
Here at Hope City, we believe that God is the creator of everything and has given us so much. We have every reason to worship God and declare His worth. Matt leads a team each and every week that helps our community engage the heart of God through worship.

Interested in learning more about our worship ministry?
 Contact Matt

Meagan Whitt

Hope City Kids Director
Hope City Kids is a place where Faith, Fun, and Adventure await. We have dozens of people who are #FORtheNextGeneration on the Hope City Kids team. Meagan leads those leaders to make a difference in our kids lives here at Hope City.

Do you have a passion to help the next generation?
Contact Meagan

Kelsey Dougherty

Operations Director 
Details matter. There are so many little details that go into each week. Kelsey works to make all these details fall into place, from organization to events, Kelsey always makes sure that everything is right on track.  

Do you love the details?
Contact Kelsey

Ashely Hart

Administrative Assistant
No detail is too small for Ashely, because every detail matters.  Ashely ensures that both our kids and youth teams have everything they need to be #FORtheNextGeneration.
Interested in serving the next generation?
Contact Ashely

Jen Ruffin

Reach Coordinator
Being #FORsarasota is not just a hashtag, it is a mission, it is a part of our pulse here at Hope City. We believe that following Jesus should make a difference in the way we live, and our lives should make a difference in the place we live. Jen supports our Reach team and all of our community initiatives.

Do you have a drive to love our neighbors in Sarasota?
Contact Jen

Liz Taylor

Creative Director
God is incredibly creative.  We see that everywhere we turn.  This is why we are so passionate about being creative here at Hope City.  We believe that our creativity mimics the heart of God.  Liz is one of the most creative people you’ll ever meet, and she inspires our church to be more creative with everything she touches.

Have a flair for the creative?
Contact Liz

Ryan Ott

Roadies Coordinator
We don’t wait for people to come to us, we take church to the people. This is why we set up and transform a school into an environment where people can connect with God and others. Our Roadies team, led by Ryan, is a group of people who are first in, and last out each and every week. They do this so that people can encounter God in a distraction free environment that allows them to take their next steps in their journey of faith.

Want to help us take church to the people?
Contact Ryan

Aaron D'Amico

Vocal Coordinator
If you’ve ever showed up to Hope City and said, man, the band sounded good, chances are Aaron had something to do with it. Aaron has the musical gift of voice. She has an amazing ability to lead a room as well as teach vocal parts to the rest of our band. Aaron oversees all of the vocals for our musicians.

Interested in singing at Hope City?
Contact Aaron