leadership team

adam + natascha kling

LEAD PASTORS

Since 2006, Adam and Natascha Kling have served as youth and associate pastors in Arizona and Tennessee.  Adam has been in full time ministry since 2006 and Natascha has grown up in a church planter's home and has been active
 in ministry since she was 15. They have seen hundreds of students and adults come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and are passionate about loving those who feel like there is nowhere to turn or don't feel comfortable in a "church" setting. Through their journey, they have had a new dream birthed in them to plant a church in Flagstaff, Arizona. Adam and Natascha are in their early 30's and have one daughter named Eden. Adam is an ordained minister. They love the outdoors, hunting, mountain biking, running, and anything that involves fresh air! With God’s vision, and gracious partners to help along the way, they hope to see their city changed, their community loved and each individual they reach eternally transformed.

KEN O'BRIEN

PASTOR'S ASSISTANT

Ken O’Brien was brought to the Urban Hope team in 2015. He received his pastoral credentials through the completion of the Multiply School of Ministry. Ken has a heart for reaching the homeless, addicted, and abused.  Ken feels called to assist in the development of a Dream Center here in Flagstaff, AZ. Ken’s main role is to assist the pastoral staff[in many important areas as needed to help the church accomplish it's mission.

ADAM + KARA WHITFORD

ASSOCIATE PASTORS

Adam and Kara have been involved ministry roles to varying levels much of their married life. They first began to serve by starting and growing a youth ministry along with starting a missions program at their home church in upstate New York. World missions and compassionately serving their community have always been near to both of their hearts. While still serving in upstate New York, God called them to Co-Pastor a church as Lead Pastors. Having both gone through New York School of Ministry to get their ministerial credentials, they served their community and saw significant growth and transformation in their local church body. Making church a safe place where all people can come as they are, who they are, and experience the life changing power that Jesus brings has been of utmost importance in their ministry. After being called “West”, God placed Adam and Kara here in Flagstaff to serve this community in the same way. Adam continues to hold a ministerial license with the Assembly of God, Arizona District, while Kara currently serves as our Kid’s Church Director.

DAVE + JANET WESSELS

ASSOCIATE PASTORS

Dave and Janet Wessels spent 20 years at Rock Church in San Diego where Pastor Dave founded, led, and taught the core equipping ministries in Biblical Stewardship and Kingdom Living.  Janet teaches nursing at Azuza Pacific University and serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a Captain and Senior Nurse Executive.   They relocated to Flagstaff for the arrival of their first grandchild, and will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in 2021.  They both bring many years of business and ministry leadership experience to Urban Hope and are excited to serve the leadership team and see the vision of winning Flagstaff truly realized.

TAYLOR + MARIAH ASHTON

YOUNG ADULTS PASTORS

Mariah and her husband Taylor grew up all around Arizona and met in Prescott. 2016 was the year Mariah completed her internship and schooling to get her pastoral credentials through, Multiply School of Ministry. Shortly after graduation is when Taylor and Mariah got married. They trusted in God’s calling and moved up to Flagstaff to become a part of Urban Hope Church Launch Team. Mariah and Taylor have helped out in a few areas, but their hearts are called too Young Adults. Mariah is the Pastor over our Young Adults Community Groups. Taylor is very involved with our Sunday morning worship team and leads the Young Adults worship as well. They are very passionate about their ministry and their goal is to help guide the college students and young professionals of Flagstaff to build a relationship with Jesus and help develop a desire to truly know God.

TROY + AMANDA PIERCE

MINISTRY AID

Troy and Amanda Pierce grew up in the Flagstaff area and attended Sinagua High School. They have three beautiful children named Brooklyn, Aubrianna and Cash. Troy graduated from Urban Hope School of Ministry In September 2020. Troy serves in multiple areas around the church such as young adults, worship team, youth and community groups. Amanda background is in Child Education and is apart of the leadership team in Urban Hope Kids. In their free time they enjoy hiking, biking as a family and playing music. Together they own and run a business here in Flagstaff. They have a heart for reaching our city and using their talents and passions to help grow God’s Kingdom here on earth.

ETHAN + MIKALI FORTNER

YOUTH PASTORS

Ethan and Mikali grew up in Northern Arizona. Ethan received his certificate of ministry with the Multiply School of Ministry in Prescott, Arizona. Before embarking on the journey of Urban Hope Church, Ethan led the Jr. High student ministry within the internship, led worship and was deeply involved with the Sr. High ministry. He has a heart and desire to see students meet God the same way he did. Mikali has been involved with Student Ministries ever since she was old enough. She has a passion to hear student’s stories and be the person that they need for the season of life they are in. Their heart for Urban Hope is to see every youth student find their God given purpose and they can't wait to see the youth of Flagstaff "Rise Above" the darkness

MYCHAL + NIKKI SEMPRUN

SOUND AND MEDIA PASTORS

Mychal (pronounced Michael) and Nikki are the Sound and Media Directors at Urban Hope. They are in their late 20’s and have 3 children: Judah, Oliver and Ember. 2014 was a very busy year for Mychal and Nikki, as they were newly married, completed school and began pastoring all in that year. Mychal graduated from the Multiply School of Ministry and Nikki graduated from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor's degree in psychology. They have been involved in many areas of church leadership, including youth, college, and children's ministries. Now as the Pastors of Sound and Media they enjoy having their hands in all the ministries around the church. They love making the church look and sound good, as well as operate smoothly! Mychal and Nikki enjoy camping, exploring new places and having water fights with their kids.