Preaching & Teaching Team at Hope Church • Team of Pastors

Preaching & Teaching Team

Many folks grew up with only one pastor, or at least one position of Pastor in their church. At Hope, we feature a preaching/teaching team.

Rev. Rufus Smith (Senior Pastor), preaches most often followed by Dr. Eli Morris (Senior Associate Pastor), and Dr. Craig Strickland (Founding Pastor) speaks as well.  

In addition, Rev. Freddie Albaugh (Marriage and Family Pastor), Rev. Issac Curry (Single Adults), and Rev. Jessica Morris (Ministries) also make valuable weekend contributions. This rotation allows the congregation to benefit from different perspectives. Our preaching/teaching team puts biblical faith into easy modern language for application in your everyday life.

Jessica Morris

Assistant Pastor of Ministry

Preaching & Teaching Team

Although born in Tampa, FL Jessica considers Memphis (and Hope Church) her home. In high school Jessica fell in love with the youth group here at Hope Church and has been hooked ever since. She earned her BS in Psychology from Crichton College while working as a Senior High Intern. After earning her undergrad degree she came on staff as the Girls Senior High director. In 2010, Jessica felt the call to seminary and in December of 2014 she earned her Masters of Divinity with honors. Jessica was ordained in 2015 as the first female pastor at Hope Church and is passionate about preaching and teaching the Word of God as well as investing in people's lives. Jessica lives in Midtown with her husband Tommy and their two girls.