Staff & Ministry Leaders

Rick Mitchell

Lead Pastor


Rick has been in ministry for over 40 years.  He is married to Deb and will celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary later this year.  They have three daughters.  Two daughters are married and both have children.  Their third daughter is earning a  graduate degree in Pennsylvania.


Eric Hopfensperger

Finance Director and Production Coordinator


Eric first attended and became involved with LifeSpring Church in 2014 and officially joined in 2015.  He works full time with the Effingham County Fire Rescue Department and part time with Bulloch County EMS.  Eric completed a construction management degree from the University of Wisconsin Platteville in 2008.  He has also completed his advance lay speaker certification and lay minister training.  He works with the production team each week to run Sunday morning service as well as recording and posting services online.  Eric has been married to Katie since 2015.


Tara Dunn-Ofray

Financial Secretary and Lay Delegate


Tara started attending Langston UMC when she was 13 years old and officially joined in 2014.  She has been involved with and a member of LifeSpring Church since the church merged with Langston UMC in 2017.  She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelors in accounting in 2013 and completed her masters in accounting in 2017.  She is an accountant with Dabbs, Hickman, Hill, and Cannon accounting firm.  Tara leads the announcements on Sunday mornings and became the financial secretary in 2021.   She is also the lay delegate for LifeSpring, in which she has the opportunity to represent the church at the Annual Charge Conference each summer.  Tara has been married to Luis since 2014.


MC Meeks

Trustee Director


MC joined Langston UMC in his 20s and moved his membership to LifeSpring when the two churches merged.  MC graduated with a BBA in general business in 1973.  The same year, he began working for Rosco Laircey Heating and Air and has worked there since.  MC is a regular blood donor, giving over 130 times.  MC takes care of the church building and grounds.  He enjoys cutting the grass and working around the church property.  He also enjoys volunteering in other areas of the church.

Katie Hopfensperger

PPR/Human Resources Director


Katie began with LifeSpring Church when it first started in 2008.  She has been a member since 2010.  Katie graduated from Georgia Southern University with her bachelors in education in 2006 and earned her masters in teaching and learning in 2008.  She is a history teacher at Statesboro High School.  She has served in many roles and volunteers in all areas of the church.  Katie is also an at large delegate for LifeSpring Church at the Annual Charge Conference each summer.  Katie has been married to Eric since 2015.