Our Pastor

Jesse Kneeland

Senior Pastor

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In October of 2017, Jesse became our new pastor at Living Hope! He is a husband of 15 years, father of 10, preacher, recovering geek, guitar playing worshiper, recreational drone pilot, Christmas light enthusiast, who desires for the lost to be saved and the saved to be un-lost.

Truth: Jesse rejected Christianity and the church in his teen years. Coming back meant facing many of the serious arguments against the Bible and Christianity. The result of finding answers is a love for the Bible and a passion for keeping it real and personal, both on Sunday morning and every other day of the week. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20
Worship: The Lord used the contemporary movement to bring Jesse back to faith in his late teen years. As a result, he has a love for God-glorifying praise and worship.  Including worship with others on Sundays mornings, in private on his own guitar, and in a day to day life of praise to the Lord. – John 4:23, Romans 12:1
Church: God calls the church His body, His bride, and His gathered kingdom on earth. Jesse loves and believes in the local gathering of believers. It is by God’s design, not man’s establishment, and even hell cannot overpower it. This is one of the main foundation of our Association, the AFLC. -Ephesians 5:23, Revelation 19:7, 1 Timothy 3:15
Marriage: Jesse has been married to his bride, Paula, 15 years. He says “That’s 15 awesome years of getting to experience the love of a God in a tangible way.” Marriage is bound up in God’s love. We can see this in how God parallels the love of a husband for his wife, with the love of Christ for the Church – Ephesians 5:22-33.
Family: Jesse believes children are a gift from God and has been blessed with 10 of them. They range from the teen years down to a little baby.  In their spare time, you will find them on the trampoline, camping, around the fire pit, or spending time together around a board game. – Psalm 127:3

Background:

  • Ordained Pastor
  • 4 year Seminary Grad. – AFLTS
  • 4 year Bachelor of Science in Ministry – UNWSP
  • 2 year Bible School Grad. – AFLBS
  • 7 year IT tech
  • 5 year youth ministry
  • Camp Counselor