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 Panera Bread or Starbucks, where is he likely to have a Cafe Americana in his hand and his nose in a John Piper 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

    bryan@hopecitytuscaloosa.comThis 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 why we are so excited about this next season in the life of our youth and college ministry.


    Contact Bryan at bryan@hopecitytuscaloosa.com

  • valentino elmatti

    equipping pastor

    Valentino doesn’t do just one thing at Vineyard. 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

  • josh sims

    facilities manager

    Josh oversees our 14 acres and 40,000 square feet of building. It's a big job!  Married for over 18 years to Pastor Amy, they have triplet boys and a sweet girl to complete their family! 


    Contact Josh at josh@hopecitytuscaloosa.com

  • barb lowe

    admin pastor

    The vision of Vineyard is big, but it takes someone like Barb behind the scenes handling the details to help make it possible. Barb holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree from Beason Seminary. When she’s not triple-checking the bottom line, you might find her out on the lake with her husband, Todd. 


    Contact Pastor Barb at barb@hopecitytuscaloosa.com

  • brian Jordan

    elder


  • ben baxter

    elder


  • michael bender

    elder


  • denny schwartz

    elder


  • fred schuckert

    elder