Nicole Clade – Pastor

Appointed to Hope UMC in July 2020, Nicole and her husband (Andy) moved to Duluth from Vermillion, South Dakota, where Nicole served as the United Methodist pastor for four years. They are living in a sister church’s parsonage at the base of Spirit Mountain and enjoy the easy access to the many hiking trails in the area.

Nicole is a graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (2016) and has been an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church since 2019.

Driven by Micah 6:8, Nicole strives to live a life that brings about liberation and loving kindness through the lens of faith and God’s love. Nicole is passionate about children and youth ministry, church camp, Bible studies, and helping people dive deeper into their relationship with God and neighbor.

When Nicole is not in the office, she enjoys playing board games with her husband, watching the latest pop culture fandom on Netflix, playing with her cat (Charlie), and being out in nature.


Kristina Winings – Office Administrator

Kristina is our Office Administrator. She comes to Hope as a “Jill of All Trades” with a variety of previous experiences including teacher, licensed practical nurse, factory worker, newspaper setter, and office guru. She enjoys bringing color, fun, and organization to her position and is happy to be the voice or face that greets you in the office.

In her spare time she is often found hanging out with her pre-teen & teen children.  She enjoys learning about history through tours and re-enactment (living history) events, or simply cuddling up on her couch watching period pieces. While many are drawn to the magic of a unicorn, Kristina’s favorite animal (besides her cats) is the platypus. After all, only in God’s divine humor and interaction could there be such a cute, unique (bizarre) animal that fits into no succinct categorical box. His love for his creation is amazing.


Liz Raihala – Director of Music Ministries

You will find at Hope that our worship service is a quality blended tapestry of worship style and taste simply directed together with reverence and joy towards our God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Liz Raihala is our Director of Music Ministries who is capable and skilled in bridging the gap between modern and traditional. With 30 years as a worship leader in multiple Christian genre.


Cassidy Kelley – Kids Quest Director

Cassidy has been a part of Hope UMC since 5th grade. During her senior year in highschool she began to attend Lake Superior College. After graduating with both an Associates of Arts degree and a Associates of Science Degree in Surgical Technology, she became a Surgical Technologist at Essentia Health and absolutely loves her job.

Cassidy is excited to be the Kids Quest Director because she grew up in Kids Quest and loves teaching children about our Savior Jesus Christ while making it FUN!  She is excited to put forth her ideas and engage the kids during this pandemic so that they are excited to return to Hope.

In her spare time, Cassidy enjoys fishing, skiing, and hiking up the North Shore.


Matt Johnson – Custodian

Matt has been a custodian at Hope UMC since October 2015. He is finishing his Masters Degree in Environmental Health and Safety at UMD with a 4.0 GPA. Matt also works full time as the Safety Health & Environmental Coordinator at ISD709.

In his spare time Matt enjoys spending time outdoors and he is an avid chess player.


Nursery Attendants

  • Riley Anderson
  • Ella Karki
  • Marcey Kelley