Troy DeFeo is a native resident of Garland, Texas. During his junior year at South Garland HS, he was asked to go on a weekend retreat with Young Life Ministries where he asked Jesus Christ to become Lord and Savior of his life. Troy continued his ministry with Young Life in Garland and in Lubbock, Texas while attending Texas Tech University. Troy was also involved in Navigator's for five years. Troy graduated from Texas Tech University in 1995 with a degree in Family Counseling.
Troy moved back to Garland and served in several church plants over the years. In 1998 after serving as student and children's pastor full time in Carrolton, Troy accepted a position as student pastor at Lyons Road Baptist. Lyons Road changed to Living Hope Baptist Church in 2003. Troy stayed in student ministry for approximately 22 years until he became the Associate and Family Pastor in 2010. In July of 2014,Troy was given the incredible honor to serve as pastor of Living Hope Baptist Church.
Troy has also been working in Garland ISD since 2007 as an educator. He has been married since 2000 to his amazing wife Jaime DeFeo, also an educator for Garland ISD. They have a daughter Camryn and a son Pearce, who both attend Garland Christian Academy.
Troy is not just a preacher, but a pastor to the people. Relationships, missions, discipleship, and fulfilling the Great Commission are Pastor Troy’s main mission goals. He desires for each new guest to feel loved and experience freedom in God’s grace as they come to worship at Living Hope. Then in time, to join Living Hope Baptist Church as part of the body of Christ, serving, giving, teaching, and be equipped for all that God has for them in their life. Troy’s desire is for each member to share their story and how Jesus has changed their life.
My journey with Christ began in 1988 at a Young Life retreat. The seed of the Gospel was planted in the soil of my heart and began to take root. It was then and there that I surrendered my life to Jesus and chose to follow on whichever path He led.
Perhaps it stems from admiring the Creator’s beauty and power in nature; I decided to start a landscaping and lawn care business while finishing up my degree. I taught here in Garland but soon felt called to pursue my business full-time as the Lord expanded His vision of ministry for my own life.
I believe that serving and giving are essential components of every believer’s walk with the Lord. Since 1991, I have exercised my spiritual gifts in various capacities within the church, including the role of deacon, drummer, VBS designer, grounds leader, youth worker, search team committee member and small group facilitator. Two of my favorite outreaches are local mission trips and the men’s annual ski retreat.
My lovely wife, Wendy, and I have been blessed with two amazing children and a marriage built on the foundation of Christ. Through a journey filled with joys and sorrows, God has prepared me for my current role as the Ministry Coordinator at Living Hope.
It is truly an honor and privilege to serve the people here and support all the hardworking leaders of each unique ministry. My prayer is that God would use me to love our members well while wholeheartedly pursuing and seeking the lost souls outside of these church walls.
Sauileoge Lino To'afa (Commonly known as "Sau") is from the island of American Samoa. Surrounded by an environment and culture rich with music, Sauileoge decided to pursue music as a career. He began by serving four years in the Tafuna High School Warrior Band and remained active in his church praise band.
Soon after, Mr. To’afa completed his Associates Degree in Music at the American Samoa Community College. He then transferred to Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMUC) to further his education. It is at TAMUC where he honed his skills as a musician and narrowed his focus in the area of Percussion. On May 15, 2010, Mr. To’afa completed his Bachelor of Science in Music Education TAMUC where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Baptist Student Ministry, Symphonic Band, Mane Attraction Jazz Band, Percussion Club, and Percussion Ensemble.
As a service to his home island of American Samoa, Sauileoge To’afa decided to give back to his community by returning home to teach at Samoana High School as a band director. Upon completing that service, he moved back to Texas where he has been active in teaching in the Quinlan Independent School District.
Sau is currently the Assistant Band Director at the Thompson Middle School, and Percussion Tech for Quinlan Independent School District. He serves as the worship pastor for Living Hope Baptist Church where he serves with a awesomely talented Praise Team.
My name is Nathan Flores. I have been working in youth ministry for three years now and I absolutely love it. I believe that done the correct way it can provide a community in which students can grow into who God wants them to be.
I spent two years studying music at Richland Community College and am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Independent Studies.
I recently married my high school sweetheart. Together in ministry we believe in creating a healthy environment for students to come and be themselves. Providing mentorship and discipleship. We hope to help students grow closer to each other, their family, and overall become better men and women in Christ.
I am very excited to be a part of the Living Hope Baptist family and cannot wait to see what God has planned!