Our Staff


Bud Locke has been working as Hope Center’s Lead Pastor since the summer of 2021. He is married to his beautiful wife Kara and has two children and a wonderful daughter-in-law that all live in Washington.  Bud loves to travel all around the world, if he has to pick to favorite place it would be The Blue Corner in Palau. When he’s not working you can probably find him hundreds of feet below the ocean surface scuba diving or eating some really delicious food.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39

Katie Falgien

Director of Student Ministries


Katie Falgien was hired as our Director of Student Ministries in September, 2014, but has volunteered with the youth since 2011.  She began attending Hope Center as a high school student in 2005.  She graduated from UCSD in 2009 with a B.S. in Biology, and North Park Theological Seminary in 2023 with a Masters of Christian Formation.  Katie often brings her dog, Teddy, with her to the office.  She enjoys exploring new places, local restaurants, and coffee shops.

Tim Loux

Director of Student Ministries (K-8) 


Tim Loux has served on staff at Hope Center since July 2018. He has a BA in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University and a MA in Christian Formation from North Park Theological Seminary. He is passionate about students discovering Jesus and the life He has for them. Tim married his high school sweetheart Clare in August of 2018. Together they live in Pleasant Hill with their son Eben and cat Topanga. In his free time, Tim enjoys spending time with friends, basketball, board games, and escape rooms!

Cathy Lackore

Coordinator of Children's Ministry


Cathy Lackore is our Coordinator of Children's Ministry.  She started attending Hope Center in 1989 and has been on staff since 2000.  Cathy loves summer and being with her family so family vacations are a high point for her. When she was little, she wanted to be a mom when she grew up and so she feels blessed to be married and the mom to three wonderful young men. Cathy loves kids and loves to have fun, play games and be silly so Children's Ministry is a great fit. She is passionate about telling kids about Jesus!

Kathy Romo

Office Manager


Kathy’s greatest joy is being Grammy to her 4 grandchildren and mom to her sons and their wives! When she was a little girl she thought she would grow up to be a Veterinarian because of her love for animals and her many experiences of rescuing birds and bringing them back to health (after her cat tried to eat them!). Kathy is relaxed and refreshed outdoors in nature, especially near a lake or the ocean. She enjoys cooking, journaling and sprucing up her many potted plants. Joshua 1:9 “Be strong & courageous!...the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Maddie McGinn

Communications Coordinator


Maddie has been a part of Hope Center since she was in first grade. She went to Cal Poly, SLO for her bachelors in Wildlife Biology, and is currently working on a dual masters degree in Environmental Management and Business Administration. She has a passion for conservation, people, and getting outside to go birding when she can! 

Karen Santos



Karen Santos is the Hope Center Bookkeeper.  Karen began attending Hope Center in 2005 and came on staff in 2014. She has been married to her husband Greg since 2000 and they have two incredible children. She enjoys reading, being creative, volunteering for EBARR (an animal rescue) doing yoga, organizing just about anything and especially loves spending time with her family, animals and friends

Karen Patitucci

Missional Community Director


Karen has been attending Hope Center since gas was under a dollar a gallon. She has been married to her husband Tom for 43 years. They only dated for six weeks before getting engaged! Together they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren and attend many baseball, basketball and soccer games. If Karen could have any superpower, it would be the power to heal. As a lover of nature Karen’s favorite place, she has traveled is Zion National Park.

Alex Guerra

Technical Associate


Alex has been attending Hope Center since he was born in 2001, and has been a loyal member of the tech team since 2020. As the technical associate, he helps maintain the Sunday tech and helps make service go smoothly, both on the streams and in person. His hobbies include programming and messing around with the code of video games and computer software. In the future, he hopes to stem into more careers of software engineering and continue further into the field. Currently, he also works for LightRiver Technologies and acts as Assembly Technician/Software Developer for the company