Church Staff

Alexander Whitfield

Senior Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Alexander Whitfield was installed as the senior pastor of Hope Lutheran Church October 8, 2017. He received his Doctor of Ministry from North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls, S.D. in 2003, his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary (LCMS) – Saint Louis, Mo. in 1997, and his Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College (LCMS) – Ann Arbor, Mich. in 1993. He resides in Virginia Beach with his wife Kristin and three children. Email Pastor Whitfield.

Michael Cofer

Associate Pastor

Pastor Michael Cofer was called from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis to serve as a pastor at Hope in 2008.
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Kathryn Wacker

Pastoral Assistant

Kathryn has served at Hope since 2008. She provides support to the pastors and ensures that the many parts of the worship experience at Hope fit together as a whole.
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Martha West

Office Admin

Martha has served at Hope since 1988. She manages the office and works with a variety of service ministries at the church.
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Bev Yoakum

Children's Ministry

Bev Yoakum is our new school director who started in May 2018.  She is a native of Ohio and has many years of experience as school director. E-mail:

Camelia Eid


Camelia serves as a deaconess for Hope, trained to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through a ministry of works of mercy, spiritual care, and teaching the Christian faith. In addition, she is serving as a missionary to the circuit as an outreach curriculum coordinator to those who speak Arabic, French and Hebrew. She has served at Hope since 2012. She also offers Arabic, Hebrew, and French classes for students of all ages and skill levels. Email Camelia for more details about enrollment.