Staff and Leadership

We have a hands-on leadership style. We love jumping in and helping out, while at the same time providing direction and vision for our cooperate journey. For more information about each person on staff, see the staff profiles below.

Geno Hildebrandt

Senior Pastor

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Geno Hildebrandt was born in Alaska but got to Central Texas as quickly as he could, arriving in Kyle at the beginning of third grade. During his college years in the mid-1970s Geno said ‘yes’ to Jesus, turning from his atheism. Ten years later Geno answered God’s call to become a pastor. He landed at Hope Chapel in late 2005 and has served as senior pastor since 2008. He and his wife PJ have a grown daughter and son.

Matt Ryniker

Associate Pastor

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Matt Ryniker first found Hope Chapel when he came to study mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin. He served as a volunteer and associate pastor in the college ministry while teaching High School math in the Austin Independent School District. Matt became a full-time pastor in 2010. He and his wife Mandy have two daughters and two sons.

Hala Tompkins

Director of Children's Ministries

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Hala El-Swaify Tompkins was born to an Egyptian dad and an American mom in Honolulu, Hawaii where she grew up on the most beautiful beaches in the world. She became a Christian when she was 13 and has never looked back. She and her husband Glenn have four wonderful sons, three amazing daughters-in-law, and three beautiful granddaughters who are the joy of their lives. Hala graduated from UT Austin and has lived all over the world. She enjoys teaching children and coaching parents at Hope Chapel to raise their children to know and love the Lord Jesus.

Cosmo Raines

Young Adult Small Group Leader

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Cosmo is a Serial Inventor and Entrepreneur who founded Spirit Gear LLC in 1996 and Hyper Wear Inc. in 2006. Cosmo has worked in various youth ministry roles in multiple churches over the years, but college students are close to his heart, as it was while in college that he encountered the Lord in new and amazing ways with the help of great leadership.  Cosmo hopes that the Lord will imbue him with the same abilities to challenge and encourage a new generation of Jesus-lovers.

Frank Costenbader

Pastoral Care

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Frank and his wife Deborah brought their family to Austin in 1985 to plant a Presbyterian church. His educational background is a BA in Finance from University of Richmond, an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, and an MEd in Organization Development from UT. Frank and Deborah have attended Hope Chapel since 1994, where he now serves as Minister of Pastoral Care.

Cecilia Proeger

Global Operations Pastor

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Cecilia Proeger has 3 beautiful kids and 1 amazing husband. They have been on an adventure with Jesus since their wedding day in 2002, which has taken them to live in California for one brief year, and Cape Town, South Africa for 3.5 years. Now back in Texas, God is using Cecilia to encourage others to go to the ends of the earth!

Joe Friedman

Men's Ministry Director

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Joe is a native of Shreveport, LA. He graduated Jesuit High School, and studied for two years at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette.  In 1974 he felt a call to join a professional Christian drama ministry called the Covenant Players. He married his wife Nance in 1978 while ministering in the UK and Ireland. Their travels with the Covenant Players took them all over the world: Joe served in Guatemala and Mexico, and together they travelled the lower 48 United States, Canada and Western Europe.  After 35 years with the Covenant Players, Joe became a lay pastor in the United Methodist Church, serving two small churches in Portland, OR from 2005 to 2007. At that point, God moved him and Nance back to France where he served as a pastor for seven years. In January 2014, he and Nance moved back to Austin, TX, and joined Hope Chapel at that time.  Joe was ordained at Hope Chapel in summer 2019, having served the congregation in many different roles since 2014. Joe and Nance have a daughter, Hannah Joy, who lives in New York with her husband Alex and their son Jacob.

Lisette Espinosa

Women's Ministry Director

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Lisette is almost a native Texan. Born in NY but raised in and around ATX since age 5, she considers beautiful ATX her home. You might catch her talking about the good ole days when Round Rock and Cedar Park were “out of town.” She has been married to her handsome husband since 2005 and continues to enjoy the adventure. In 2010 they began their journey into parenthood and now have 2 wonderful children who remind them daily to be selfless. Lisette has passion to see women grow in their relationship with Christ and grow in inter-generational relationships with one another. She believes that God loves to see his daughters rally together in support of one another to further his kingdom.

Support staff mini-profiles

Mini-profiles for remaining leaders

(The governing board.)