Will Lohnes grew up in California in a Christian family filled with ministers, teachers, and evangelists. He journeyed to South Carolina for college and seminary finishing with Masters in Divinity and Theology. He ministered in camp work for 10 years, and then as a youth pastor for 5 years. He married Maria and left for his first pastorate in Hawaii for 7 years with twin sons. He then accepted a position to plant a church in Medina, OH. So, the Lohnes family traveled to a small town ministry. The family had grown with 5 children: Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Martha, Marianna, and Jenissa.
After 7 years planting a church Will and the family were asked to plant another church, and so they moved to a new ministry in OH. The Lord blessed with a gracious church filled with brand new Christians. Again, after 7 years he was asked to move to Greer, SC and plant Hope Chapel in 2012. He received his Doctorate in Ministry in 2017 from Grace Theological Seminary in IN and also is certified as a Biblical counselor with ACBC and IABC having counseled for 3 decades.
Presently, Will and Maria are empty nesters as all the kids are gone with their 2 sons in the Navy, 1 daughter in Law Enforcement, 1 daughter in mission work, 1 daughter is an EMT & Restaurant Cook Manager. All love Jesus and are on a journey with bumps and obstacles where they learn and grow.
Hope Chapel is a joy and delight to Will and Maria as they minister with great happiness and support. He loves pastoring to people he knows and cares for deeply. The Lord is good.