Special Announcement

The Candidating Weekend has been Rescheduled


Due to the convergence of three separate tragic events within the Salem Church family (where Nathanael currently ministers) during the past few days, the Succession Team has offered Pastor Nathanael Lyon the opportunity to reschedule the candidating weekend at Hope.


Knowing how spiritually and emotionally draining it is for a pastor to minister to grieving youth and their families, Pastor Nathanael gladly accepted.


The new dates for the candidate weekend are August 14-16.


Many months ago, Hope organized a Succession Team to help us prepare for Pastor Moss' eventual departure and the welcoming of a full-time, fully focused, next generation lead pastor. We are excited to present to you a dynamic leader as the pastoral candidate.

The Succession Team, the Guiding Council, and the pastoral staff all enthusiastically recommend this candidate to our congregation. The candidate will be with Hope for a candidating weekend to meet with the congregation and preach in our worship services, followed by a congregational vote.

In the meantime, please pray. Pray that God will continue to give discernment to all involved in this decision and pray that our congregation will enthusiastically welcome the new lead pastor that God is preparing to take us forward to new possibilities.



Nathanael is a gifted leader with great communication skills and a vigorously outgoing personality. He is married to Kimmi and they have two sons, Ezra and Asher. He is a graduate of Anderson University and became ordained through the Church of God in 2016. He started ministry work as a Youth Ministry intern in 2009. Since 2013, Nathanael has served the Salem Church of God in Dayton, Ohio. Nathanael speaks regularly at Salem Church and has been invited to various camps and retreats as a speaker.

When asked about the most important thing he contributes to a team, he answered his ability to foster a culture of empowerment. In his current role, he has strived to create a culture where the small group leaders are the heroes of the ministry. When asked what he thinks it takes to be successful in pastoral ministry, he said he would consider success as his ability to be in communion with Jesus and follow the way of Jesus. Nathanael is passionate about reaching the community. He feels it is important to know what the community needs, and partner with other community organizations whenever possible.

candidate weekend

Please read over the following weekend schedule very carefully. There are many different opportunities to participate in question and answer times, to hear Nathanael speak and to take part in the congregational vote!

New dates!


7:00 PM - Special meet and greet with Q&A time for those under 40 or who have kids in children's or youth ministry only.


10:00 AM - Meet and greet with Q&A time- open to anyone

11:00 AM - Special meet and greet with Q&A time  for youth group only

05:00 PM - Meet and greet with Q&A time - open to anyone

06:00 PM - Worship service: Nathanael will be preaching. Hope will be livestreaming this service.

07:15 PM - Congregational Business Meeting after the service for voting, then recess to resume again on Sunday


08:30 AM - Meet and greet with Q&A time- open to anyone

09:00 AM - Worship service: Nathanael will be preaching. Hope will be livestreaming this service.

10:00 AM - Congregational Business Meeting resumes after the service for voting, then recesses until after the 11am service.

10:30 AM - Meet and greet with Q&A time - open to anyone

11:00 AM - Worship service: Nathanael will be preaching (not livestreamed).

11:00 PM - Drive-up voting begins for those not comfortable coming in to the church yet. Drive-up voting will end promptly at 12pm (noon).
12:00 PM - Congregational Business Meeting resumes after the service for voting, then concludes.

Watch a sermon from nathanael

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Do you have a specific question for Nathanael?

Submit it to info@hopeofniles.com by August 12.

Not ready to come to church in person quite yet?

That's ok! We've got you covered!

  • Be sure to listen to Nathanael as he preaches on our livestream either Saturday night (August 15) at 6:00 pm or Sunday morning (August 16) at 9:00 am on Hope's Facebook page. 
  • Vote from your vehicle on Sunday, August 16 anytime from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm (noon).
  • Drive under the west canopy (main entrance) to receive your ballot.
  • Park in the parking lot as you fill out your ballot,
  • Drive under the east canopy (office entrance) to turn in both your voter registration and your ballot.

Can't be here candidating weekend?

Be sure to pick up your absentee ballot at the church and turn it in by Thursday, August 13 at 3:00 pm to the church office. Ballots will be available beginning Saturday, August 1. 

Want to know when we will announce the results of the vote?

A special email will be sent out on the afternoon after the final business meeting with the results. Make sure to be signed up for our newsletter.

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