We exist to enable people to love God, love others, and serve passionately!

  • Dimas Castillo - Senior Pastor

    A native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Rev. Dimas E. Castillo is the Senior Pastor of Living Hope Community Church. Prior to his arrival at Living Hope, Pastor Dimas served as the Director of Multicultural Evangelism at the New River Baptist Association for eight years. Pastor Dimas enlisted in the United States Navy and served faithfully for 22 years, retiring as a Hospital Corpsmen Chief Petty Officer. 

    Pastor Dimas gives the credit for any and all success in the growth of Living Hope and his personal life to God. He knows through his own experiences that if you are truly repentant, God is quick to forgive you. And more than that, the Bible tells us He is able to keep us from falling! He is continually in awe of how God is using His people to advance the ministry. It is his heart's desire to see Living Hope become the vessel that brings Christ to the masses by combining a strong foundation with a fresh and inspired vision of change. 

    Pastor Dimas holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Campbell University and a Master of Divinity in Church Planting and Evangelism from Liberty University Theological Seminary. He is married to Nora; whose sincere and gentle spirit compliments the ministry that God has ordained for their lives. Into their union they have one daughter, Dee and one son, Jonathan. They have 4 grandchildren, Kevin, Jaylen, Mya, and Abel. Email him.

  • Robert Hall - Associate Pastor

    Robert is an Associate Pastor that teaches during our Traditional Worship service on Sunday mornings. He also oversees our senior ministries. Robert has been serving in this location since 2003. He enjoys old cars and is the Director for Campbell University at Camp Lejeune, NC. Email him.

  • Yasushi Nemoto - Japanese Ministries

    Yasushi is an Associate Pastor at Living Hope and leads ministries for our local Japanese population. His wife, Yuko, participates with him in leading studies on Sundays and Wednesdays in the Japanese language. Fellowship events are held on the third Saturday of each month. He has served in ministry since 1995 and enjoys various hobbies including music, golf, and motorcycle riding. Additionally, he works as a motorcycle mechanic out of his home. Since most of Jacksonville's Japanese population are connected through the military, Japanese ministry has a unique opportunity to touch military lives. Contact Yasushi at 919-608-0267.

  • Maleni Cress - Children's Ministry Leader

    Maleni has a huge heart for children and provides oversight for Birth - 5th Grade on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Maleni came to Christ because of others who invested in her as a child and she understands the opportunity we have to invest in children each week. Because of the rate of our growth and change with our military families, Maleni works diligently to inspire and coordinate a large number of volunteers that help nurture our children's spiritual growth.  Email her or call 619-787-6031.

  • Laura Snyder - Traditional Worship Leader

    Laura has deep roots in Jacksonville and is very experienced with Traditional Worship music. Her music experience is vast including Children's Choir Leader, Chancel Choir Member, Quarterly Contributor to Special Music, NC Baptist All-State Youth Choir, and she is a classically trained pianist and vocalist as well. God has placed in her heart a desire to worship Him through music and we are grateful for how God is using Laura at Living Hope. She recently graduated from East Carolina University with a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate. In addition to serving at Living Hope, Laura works as a Medical Family Therapist for Greene County Health Care. New vocalists are always welcome to practice in the choir on Wednesdays at 7:15pm! Email Laura.

  • Cathy Rhoades - Financial Secretary

    Cathy started as our Financial Secretary in 2015. She retired in 2011 from the Department of Navy, Installations Command in Washington D.C. as Deputy Inspector General for Fraud Waste Abuse and Mismanagement after 34.5 years. She is married to Todd and has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Core Values

Our core values unite our church in pursuing the mission that God has given us. We value:

  1. Jesus! He is the source of our salvation and through him alone we can have a personal relationship with God the Father. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source of our beliefs, revealing Jesus as the Son of God. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16-17)
  2. Unity amid diversity. We are a multicultural and multigenerational church seeking to create an environment where everyone is welcomed and can encounter Christ authentically. Our members and ministry leaders are multicultural and include men and women from many backgrounds. We pray that our church’s worship will reflect the diversity found in heaven (Revelation 7:9).
  3. Family. We believe in strengthening families and honoring God with lifelong commitments to marriage between one man and one woman. Marriages need the support of their church community. We want to support parents, as they disciple their children. And we, as the Body of Christ, are an intergenerational family. We join together in celebrations and in tears. If a misunderstanding arises, we graciously seek to understand each other and be reconciled.
  4. A place of hope. Apart from Christ the world is without hope and peace. We desire to be a beacon of hope to the hurting, spiritually needy, and physically needy in our community.
  5. Prayer. We expect God to speak to us and guide us individually and corporately. Prayer declares that we need the supernatural power of God’s presence to see our world changed for His glory and good. For our battle is not just physical, but the battle is a spiritual one requiring spiritual weapons (II Corinthians 10:3-5).
  6. Discipleship. We are called to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey all that Christ has commanded. We value daily prayer and reading of the Scriptures. We value mentors and a humble desire to continue growing and learning together. When one of our members relocates, we pray that they will be better equipped to serve God in their new location as a result of their participation at Living Hope.
  7. Serving. We believe that serving is vital for healthy spiritual growth and is an act of worship, which reflects the example of Christ. God has given each of us the privilege and responsibility of serving and ministering in a variety of ways in our church, neighborhoods, and workplaces.


Our Vision

To be the church that brings people to Jesus, displaying the love of God by connecting with people of many backgrounds, to disciple them into faithful followers of Christ, and to equip them for their ministry in the church and life mission in our community and beyond.


Established in 2011

from the merging of Rock Creek Community Church & New River Baptist Church