Rev. Tricia Dillon Thomas
Tricia is the Hope House’s AWESOME Director of Spirituality. Tricia graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2006 and before moving to Chattanooga was a pastor at a new church development in Florida where she worked with youth, young adults, and their families. Tricia was called as the Interim Director of Spirituality to Hope in November of 2014. She loves to participate in the reconciling work of Jesus Christ and for her that begins with building relationships. Tricia loves Hope's intention of sharing God's love and hospitality to all God's children. She began a worship service at Hope called “The Table” where students are invited to read the Bible, interpret meaning, and ask questions. While Tricia wholeheartedly
admits she does not have all the answers, she loves to dive into the biblical text and encourages students to ask questions and listen to how the Holy Spirit is speaking through them and each other.
In her free time Tricia enjoys spending time picking berries, hiking, reading, running, swimming, laughing, and playing with her husband and four children. You'll also find her standing around eating Terry's tasty meals and declaring each one her favorite.
Director of Hospitality
Terry is the Hope House’s Director of Hospitality. Since joining the ministry full time in 2013, Terry has always exceeded the expectations of the students and the ministry with her resourcefulness and go-getter attitude. Some say that her Sunday Suppers surpass that of their mother’s. Terry’s incredible disposition has earned her the nickname, “Momma Terry” that many of the students refer to her as.
In her free time, Terry enjoys working with her hands in her garden, taking on home improvement tasks, or finding her next project on Pinterest. But most of all, she enjoys being a grandmother.
Administrator of Marketing and Development
Kayla is the Hope House’s Administrator of Marketing and Development. Kayla is a UTC student majoring in Business Management and minoring in Spanish. She has a passion for business and ministry. The Hope House is a perfect fit because she can use her skills to meet the needs of students in the community. She loves to participate in all the Hope House has to offer. Kayla is involved with the Hope House’s Sunday night “The Table”, mission trips, retreats, fundraising events, and more! When Kayla is not at the Hope House you can find her studying, spending time with friends, or spending time outdoors.