LHCC STAFF

Greg Ralston
Lead Pastor

Greg Ralston is the founding pastor of Living Hope Covenant Church. He graduated from North Park Theological Seminary in 1984, and was the associate pastor of Northwest Covenant Church until 1993. In 1993, he moved his family to Colorado Springs with a vision to start a congregation for those who had been hurt by the church. He enjoys spending time working on British sports cars, painting, building things, and playing with his two grandchildren.

Maria Montesino
Children’s Education Director

Maria is a licensed minister with 30 years of all-church ministries experience. She holds a ministerial graduate degree with Global University (Berean School of the Bible). Pastor Maria is a widow, but enjoys her 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. She is a speaker, has taught numerous workshops, helped pioneer three foodbanks and five children’s ministries. A prolific writer, she is in the process of publishing her first children’s book. As a licensed cosmetologist, she also enjoys sharing beauty secrets and cooking.

Ben Carlen
Worship Leader & Communication Administrator

Ben has led worship at Living Hope since 2014. He was born in Las Vegas, NV and moved to Colorado Springs in Oct. 2000. He is currently pursuingĀ  a degree in History at the local college in hopes of teaching at the collegiate level. In his spare time Ben likes to read, play board games, hang out with friends, backpack, and make people laugh. He also loves to celebrate his Swedish heritage.

Laura Baugher
Ministry Administrator

Born and raised in Colorado Springs, she is the proud wife of Will Baugher and mother to three amazing children. She enjoys trips up in the Rocky Mountains, photography, cheesy jokes, puzzles and spending time with loved ones. She was recently saved by Jesus in January 2018. She has a passion for nutritional health.