Beau Lee, SENIOR Pastor
Beau is a professional guitarist, an entrepreneur, a business consultant, an author, and the Lead Pastor of Hope Hill. He started his search for God when he was 16 years old, and finally found his way to faith in Jesus at age 23. His entire life radically changed for the better at that point. Since then, Beau has avidly studied the Bible, philosophy, and the scientific evidence for the existence of God. After studying theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS), he went on to pursue a MS in Management, Strategy & Leadership at Michigan State University (Broad School of Business).
Beau loves to to teach from his own passions and discoveries, and you will find him speaking at Hope Hill each Sunday. He is in his flow when collaborating with others to strategize what a better world would look like — and how to do something about it. As an extrovert to the core, his free time is often spent hanging out with friends and “philosophizing.” You can meet Beau this Sunday at Hope Hill.
Before they were married, Beau and Renata volunteered to do aid work for a period of seven months in Gonaives, Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010, and they fell into love during this time. Shortly after returning to the U.S.A., a conversation took place between Beau and Renata's father, and Mr. Lee and Ms. Duval tied the knot four months later. They honeymooned in Amirim, Israel — a small kibbutz-village in the hills of the Galilee.
Beau and his wife moved from Chicago to Boerum Hill, Brooklyn in 2014. They continue to own and manage two businesses in the Midwest from over 1,000 miles away, and use much of their free time volunteering at Hope Hill and serving with the rest of the Hope Hill team.
In his free time, Beau can be found traveling around the world with his amazing wife. Recently, they visited Israel, Turkey, Greece, Italy, and the Dominican Republic. Other hobbies include: Guitar, Traveling, Philosophy, Science, Biblical Hebrew & Greek, Studying Leadership & Management, & Spy Films.
Fun Facts About Beau
Beau's book, "Jesus Plus Nothing Equals Salvation," can be found on Amazon.com.
Beau has been snorkeling in the world's top diving spot. (Gulf of Aqaba, Egypt)
The first time Beau went skydiving it was a cloudy day. He jumped from high above the clouds and saw nothing but a sea of silver-white sea below for most of the fall.
Beau was an avid snowboarder. While snowboarding during his high school years, Beau launched off a jump and broke his back by failing to finish a rotation on a back flip.
At age 18, he was running back a punt return in a football game and was injured as his right knee was forced all the way backwards in the wrong direction. Despite a month in the hospital and five surgeries, you may still observe a slight limp when he walks.
RENATA LEE, Pastor’s Wife & Assistant Director
Renata is always finding some reason to smile. A tremendous optimist at heart, she loves getting together with friends over coffee to talk about what God is doing each other's lives and how to live life to its fullest. Renata graduated from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) with a degree in International Studies with a special concentration on Cultures in the Middle East. While pursuing her studies, she took five semesters of Modern Hebrew. In her 20s, Renata spent time traveling and backpacking around the world - throughout the South Pacific, Middle East, and Europe. She is currently doing graduate work in theological studies. During the week, Renata divides her time between overseeing the administration of three businesses, spending quality time with her dearest friends, and staying in touch with family.
Fun Facts About Renata
Since getting married, Renata has heard independent people say that her name was native to more than 10 different countries. Renata still doesn't know who to believe.
Renata joined the Army at age 17 and drove the U.S. military's largest tractor trailer rig. It could hold two Humvees or one large tank. There were 40 wheels on the trailer and 8 wheels on the cab.
Renata finds extreme fulfillment as a stay-at-home mom of Ahava, and also works from home as co-owner of Israel Bible Trips with her husband Pastor Beau.
Greeting & Hospitality Ministry Director
Michelle Patire, a Jersey girl at heart, is originally from South Toms River, NJ. Before high school, her parents uprooted their seven children to the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania. Now a Brooklyn resident, Michelle has been attending Hope Hill NYC since December 2016. Michelle’s roles at Hope Hill include leading the church Hospitality Team, as well as, managing HH’s several social media outlets & event marketing.
Michelle graduated Magna Cum Laude from a small, liberal arts college in northeastern Pennsylvania known as Keystone College. She received an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts in 2013. In 2015, she finished her Bachelor’s Degree with the honor of Outstanding Graduate in the division of Business & Organizational Leadership. After trying on several different hats in restaurant internships (ranging from prep cook to management), she decided to move to Brooklyn to get well-acquainted with the ever-growing vegan food scene.
Super passionate about health consciousness, Michelle is a plant-based vegan, claiming the handle @thetristatevegan on Instagram. Her ultimate goal is to spread God’s love & healing through the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. When she’s not dreaming about the next exotic fruit she wants to try, Michelle engages in other creative endeavors. She’s a casual ukulele player, amateur poet, Enneagram student, blogger, lover of travel, & adores intimate talks over tea at local coffee shops or parks. Her favorite books include: Jamie Tworkowski’s If You Feel Too Much, C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, & Robert Sardello’s Silence: The Mystery of Wholeness.
the Rest of the Team
The full Hope Hill team is made up of amazing volunteers with diverse nationalities, interests, and skill sets, but all find unity in our common faith. We enjoy working together to (1) build authentic relationships, (2) support the Music & Arts communities of New York City, (3) use social action to care for our neighbors in strategic ways, and (4) grow in spirituality by connecting with God.
The Hope Hill team enjoys meeting new friends, and all extroverts (and courageous introverts) interested in learning more about Hope Hill church are warmly invited to schedule a Coffee Meeting for a face-to-face introduction. (The draft latte at Wall's Street's La Colombe Coffee Roasters is the best caffeine around, and DUMBO's Brooklyn Roasting Company tends to be one of our favorite hangouts.) Also, don't forget to check out our Events page, pick an event, and come visit.