Cleveland Hope Center | Our Team
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Our Team


Jim Wilkes

I am ALL IN! Ready to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro because I believe in church planting and I believe in the Cleveland Hope Center. In my opinion, the greatest vehicle of change for this world is through outreach and the local church. What I do know is that Jesus never invoiced the poor for the help he gave them. My desire is to help raise funds for those with tangible needs such as providing shelter, food, and clothing to those in need.

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Danielle Leonard

I am climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro because I am called by the grace of God to stand on top of that mountain and bring my purpose to fruition. A purpose to bring change to Cleveland with every dollar I raise. I want to help impact the lives of people suffering in our very own backyard: the broken, poor, addicted, abused, and the lost. There is HOPE and I am here to help shine light on their darkened paths.

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Abby Samerigo

This mountain is symbolic of our relationship with God. Through our journeys, we face obstacles that seem imaginable to overcome, but by faith we are able to persevere. I am excited for the adventure ahead, and the Hope this will bring to the lives of Cleveland, Oh.

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Phil Kerlin

Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. It’s been said that climbing Kilimanjaro is like walking from the equator to the North Pole in a week. Undertaking this adventure is motivated by a simultaneous desire to challenge myself and inspire transformation in others. When I climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and stand on the roof of Africa, I know my perspective will change and I will see the world a different way. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” (MLK, Jr.)

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Julie Barnes

I am climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds to bring tangible expressions of HOPE to CLE. Our city, like many, has a large population of hurting and desperate people who need a way out of their current circumstance. I am climbing for kids like me. I am climbing for the child of the jobless, the homeless, the alcoholic, and the addict. I am climbing to give a voice to children who are abused, neglected and wonder if life will ever be different. I am climbing for HOPE.

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Stephen Martin

I am ALL IN with Journey Community Church as we have set forth the goal to reach 10,000 people for Christ! I am excited about this opportunity and totally agree with the points set forth in the agenda which is to reach 10,00 people for Jesus, raise funds for church planning, open the Cleveland Hope Center, change the lives of those far from God, and change my life. Charron and I dream of traveling the world, sharing the gospel, and making an impact in God’s kingdom. The climb is perfectly aligned with what we have in our hearts. Also September 12th will mark our one year anniversary and we want to keep God first in our marriage, we think this is a perfect opportunity to honor God. This is why I decided to climb Mt Kilimanjaro with Journey.

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Justin McDowell

I have always had an adventurer’s heart and an immense love of the outdoors. It is a dream to do something so thrilling; pushing myself to limits I’ve never known. I know that this exciting, yet daunting commission will require me to rely on God for the strength and endurance I need to reach the summit. This incredible journey will be a spiritual revival, deepening my faith and bringing me closer to my Lord. As a husband and father, I am called to guide my family spiritually; this experience will better equip me to lead my wife and children deeper in their faith as mine is strengthened.

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Charron Martin

I have decided to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in an effort to reach 10,000 people for Christ, Church Planting, and the opening of the Cleveland Hope Center. Climbing this mountain symbolizes for me, over coming every obstacle and every fear of my past that has kept me from my best in Christ and conquering every adversity that may come my way in the future.I am climbing because people need to know Jesus and I need to know him even more. When I reach the top of this mountain I am believing God for clarity and greater vision. Greater vision for my marriage, my husband, our future and my purpose.

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Olivia Lobas

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting”

I have always been an adventurer, and a risk taker, but have felt lately that there is more I have been called to do. God has given me the faith and courage to say yes to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. I’m climbing for the depressed, addicted, hungry and the hopeless. I’m doing the climb to build strength and courage in myself. I cannot wait for this amazing journey!

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Shanna Stosak

I want to do this in dedication to my dad, whom was diagnosed with cancer last year because he has been our rock and strength and I will carry this attitude with me on our climb for me and my team.
I also want to show my family and friends that anything is possible if we set our minds to it and that we can overcome anything that God puts in our path.

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Vickie Metzger

I’m not adventurous. I’m not a risk taker. I’m not bold. I’m afraid to fail. (And I’m afraid of heights.) My faith is not rock solid and unwavering. I don’t believe I’m a good disciple for Christ. So why in the world am I climbing? I’m climbing to step out in faith, to prove all those things wrong about me and to let the devil know that he’s a liar. And I’m climbing because I believe in the vision of Journey Community Church and our Pastors for church planting and for the Cleveland Hope Center. If we can make a difference in the lives of others and improve our great city of Cleveland and northeast Ohio, why wouldn’t we? It’s really pretty simple. (And … I’m not getting any younger …)

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Ruth Kawecki

I have been through many struggles in my life and I believe God has blessed me through every one of them. I’ve never been big on religion but I have always been very spiritual, that’s why I feel at home at Journey. A few months ago I read a book that said “let me have supernatural faith” and that has really stuck with me. I feel God wants me to make this climb and so with supernatural faith I am doing it. I believe with the funds raised we can reach more than 10,000 people.

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Gabe Adams

My personal mantra is “I enjoy life ferociously because I am fearlessly myself. This frames me to be contagiously happy and enables me to fuel and enhance the visions of others, while I relentlessly fulfill my own.” Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro fits in their nicely, don’t ya think? I think so. I am grateful for the opportunity to travel, grow, and give.

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William Matlock

When I heard about this opportunity I said to myself -this was something that I had to accomplish. I have found so much joy in helping others. The Cleveland Hope center is a really great idea and I want to assist in any way that I can to make it successful. Growing up in the inner city was not easy. My father was a neighborhood center director so I observed first hand how a center like Cleveland hope could have an impact. I’m truly excited and eager to contribute to an awesome cause!

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Dave Lobas

I’m climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro because I want others to find forgivness, hope, and life in Christ through the Cleveland Hope Center. I’m climbing to raise funds to open this new non profit center to to bring hope to the hopeless, life to the down cast, food to the hungry, and practical instruction to those needing jobs. Please join with me so others can gain life, and a new hope for their lives, by sponsoring myself and our team on this endeavour of Hope restored in life! Thank you in advance!

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