LHCC STAFF

Tracy Hilts

Tracy Hilts
Interim Pastor

Tracy Hilts is the interim pastor for Living Hope. She is a graduate of Biola University and Denver Seminary. She has been a hospital and hospice chaplain for 17 years in Colorado Springs, retiring in January of 2021. She is excited to join the ministry of Living Hope as they work to transition and search for a new permanent pastor. Tracy’s joy is being married to her husband, Peter, for 32 years. They have raised their six kids and are now rejoicing in the goodness of
grandparenting.

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 pursuing  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.