Tawny and Lindsey Ballard joined Hope’s staff in 2017, about a year after they started attending. Lindsey is currently the office manager at Royal Publishing and working on her associates degree at Heartland Community College, and Tawny is a graduate student at Illinois State University where she also works as a graduate assistant in the academic support center. They have been serving in youth ministry since they were in college, working at different churches while they were students.
After they started attending Hope in 2016, they were asked to serve as leaders in the newly formed youth group. Both Lindsey and Tawny were excited to finally be part of a youth group that loves and accepts everyone. After spending years serving in youth groups that did not accept LGBTQ students, they are thrilled to be leading a youth ministry that believes everyone is loved by God, just as they are. Tawny and Lindsey both have formal ministry training, including Tawny having a bachelors degree in Spiritual Formation.