Meet Our Elders


  • Tim ELrod

    I am married to my best friend Jolene and together we have 5 wonderful kids.  Our son Clay and daughter-in- law Alex, our sons Chase and Cole and daughter Carli.  I have the privilege to work at my alma mater, the University of Northwestern- St. Paul.  I enjoy spending time with family and about any sport.  My life verse is Galatians 2:20 which explains what Jesus means to me, “I am crucified with Christ and no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.”   I consider it an honor and privilege to serve at Church of Hope.  I am passionate about the local church and believe that it is God’s plan to reach the world.  I love being part of a church that is intentional in sharing the hope of the gospel to a hurting world!  

  • Joe Swenson

    My wife is Jan Swenson who is a retired school teacher.  I have two sons.  Kyle who has also served in various positions here at COH and who is married to Julie, the church Administrative Assistant/Children’s Director.  My other son Ryan is a dentist in Litchfield where he lives with his wife and children. I have six amazing grandchildren. I am employed by Daikin Applied Americas where I work as the R&D Reliability Manager. I love spending time with my wife, family and friends as well as hunting with my sons and friends and fishing when I get the opportunity.  In general, I like the outdoors and working with my hands.  I also have a great interest in aviation and all things that fly. It is amazing to have the one and only true God walk my life with me bringing me not only salvation but direction, guidance, compassion and purpose.  I have been at Church of Hope almost from its beginning in 2006.  As with all churches, we have had our wonderful highs and difficult lows but what a privilege to see how God was and is with us through it all.  I love being a part of what God has done here and what He will do in the future as we remain faithful to His calling, direction and the gospel of Jesus Christ.  To be a part of the church’s leadership is a special privilege as we all find how God would have us serve regardless of our calling.  I believe we all have a responsibility to serve our local congregation and community in whatever capacity God would call us.  

  • Jason Negus

    My wife, Chrissy and I live with our family in Nowthen, MN. We have been married for 20 years and have 4 children--daughters Grace 15, Greta 9, Ellen 8 and son Charlie 6. I work at Unlimited Welding & Fabrication in Ham Lake, MN. I enjoy hunting, fishing and Minnesota sports. I love watching and coaching my own kids and spending time in God’s creation. I am a sinner that has been saved by grace! I desire to live this life on earth encouraging one another to God’s true purpose and look forward to spending eternity with Jesus. We have been attending Church of Hope since 2012.  It has been a great place for our entire family to grow closer to Jesus. I love serving here with a church body that is like family.  This is where my wife and I have chosen to raise our family, for the true purpose of the gospel.

  • Jason Ruzek

    I live in Elk River, Minnesota and have been married to my wife, Brooke, for 17 ½ years.  We have three children, Zeke, Margaret, and Simon. I am a middle and high school science teacher at Spectrum High School in Elk River.  We love Church of Hope.  We have since the day we arrived.  It is increasingly rare to find a group of people who are so wanting to hear what Christ has to say in His words, seek Him on His terms, and who are so willing to take care of each other. It is an honor and joy be a part of just such a body of Christ. I know myself, and I can attest that I bring nothing to my relationship with Jesus other than what he has given me. His enduring patience and consistent kindness in disciplining one as inadequate as me is a constant reminder that Jesus doesn't give up on any of us.  I need people to know this, to know it deep down.  There are days where this truth will not easily sink in, so we in the body need to say this and show this to one another as often as possible.  It is our glorious right and responsibility to do this for one another.

  • Tom Ness

    My wife, Julie, and I have attended CoH since 2014. We are the parents of three grown children and a daughter-in-law (Ryan & Ellyse, Erin and Rachel). I currently serve as State Director for Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Minnesota. Previously I served in various pastoral roles in local churches. Julie and I enjoy sports, the outdoors and traveling. One of the things I appreciate about CoH is the focus on the truth of God’s Word.