Our Staff & Elders

  • Jon quitt

    lead & teaching Pastor

    Jon has been the pastor of Hope City since its inception. If he isn’t in his office at the church, you can probably find him at Heritage House Coffee where is he likely to have a Cafe Americana in his hand and his nose in a book. For Pastor Appreciation Day or any day for that matter, stock him up with Sour Patch Kids and a lb. of chocolate. Though secretly in love with his MacBook Pro, Jon is married to Amy and they have two kids, Connor and Sydney. Jon is the author of two books: We’re All Heroes In Our Own Story (2016, Crosslink Publishing) and Coming Home (2019, Wipf & Stock)

    You can contact Pastor Jon at jon@hopecitytuscaloosa.com or follow his blog at jonquitt.com

  • amy sims

    connections Pastor

    You wanna meet an incredibly creative soul, with a contagious passion for people? Look no further than Amy Sims! With a gift mix that includes discernment, helps, and heaps of pastoral love, she is the ultimate in keeping people’s eyes focused on serving Jesus. She’s also a Pinterest fanatic, and you can surprise her anytime with a gift card to Hobby Lobby or a 2-liter of Diet Mountain Dew. That just might help her keep up with her triplets (Eli, Sam, & Drew), sweet baby girl (Lela) and hubby, Josh.

    Contact Pastor Amy at amy@hopecitytuscaloosa.com

  • bryan leonardy

    youth/college Pastor

    This guy . . . passionate about Jesus and students. Bryan and his wife Kaylee come to us via Atlanta, Georgia where Bryan was a policeman for 5 years and served alongside the vibrant youth and college ministry of the Cobb Vineyard Church. His high energy and city-sized vision for making disciples and his love of God is what makes him so important to the life of our youth and college ministry. Bryan and his wife Kaylee have 5 children (3 foster & two biological). 

    Contact Bryan at bryan@hopecitytuscaloosa.com

  • valentino elmatti

    equipping pastor

    Valentino doesn’t do just one thing at Hope City. He does a little bit of everything. He’s a self-professed tech geek nerd, a whiz with anything that has a keyboard and is the most strategic thinker on our team. When he’s not surfing Amazon or strolling the aisles at Wal-Mart, Val keeps our team moving forward by encouraging our seasoned staff and elders.   Wanna make Val’s day? Bring him a pint of Moose Tracks ice cream or a Chai Latte. Valentino is married to Rachel, They have two children and are actively involved in the foster care system. 

    Contact Pastor Valentino at valentino@hopecitytuscaloosa.com

  • Whitney Wahl

    Children's Director

    It's hard to describe someone who can manage a huge team, cultivate a loving environment for all of the Hope City kiddos, and still manage to make things better every week. But this is Whitney. Whitney is also the mom of 3 girls and is a Special Ed teacher in the Tuscaloosa County School System.

    Contact Whitney at


  • Will English

    Worship Director

    Will brings the trifecta of qualities to our worship ministry: passion for Jesus, an ear for the technical, and eagerness for the presence of God to our gatherings. These qualities, along with his vast experience leading around the southeast, makes him a gift to Hope City. Will is married to Jordan English. They live in Northport, AL.

    Contact Will at


  • Josh Hill


  • ben baxter


  • Tim foster


  • denny schwartz


  • fred schuckert