Matthew and Stephanie Erikson have been called to launch Hope Church in Oak Harbor, WA in order to start a network of new churches in the San Juan Islands. Natives of Whidbey Island (their children are 5th generation islanders), they are sponsored by the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Matthew and Stephanie were assessed as church planters with Northwest Church Planting in May, 2013 and served as distance resident church planters at Lux Communities in Seattle. Prior to this partnership with NWCP, Matthew served for 7 years as the worship pastor with Island Church of Whidbey in Langley, WA and has worked for the Starbucks Coffee Company since 1996. Together with their daughters Ella and Sophie and son Miles, they enjoy exploring the Northwest by visiting as many trails and beaches as their feet can find.