Our Leadership

Pastor Alton

Senior Pastor

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Alton Hardy serves as the pastor and founder of Urban Hope Community Church and an ordained teaching elder of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He is also the Cofounder of Urban Hope Development in Fairfield, AL. Alton is a native of Selma, AL and resided in Louisville, KY and Grand Rapids, MI for many years before returning to Alabama. Alton’s educational background includes a degree from Alpena Community College, Reformed Bible College, Calvin Seminary and a Certificate of Completion from Antioch Leadership Training in Reformed Preaching. Alton is happily married to Sandra and they have five children. In his free time, he enjoys reading and watching sports. Alton is passionate about addressing the conditions facing urban communities.

Pastor Chad

Assistant Pastor

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Chad Granger serves as the assistant pastor of Urban Hope Community Church and an ordained teaching elder of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He is a native of Slapout, AL. As Chad serves in his role at Urban Hope Community Church, he has been a witness that the gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to breakthrough all racial and socioeconomic barriers. Chad’s educational background includes a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Chad is happily married to Allison and they have one son, Abram. In his free time (or not chasing Abram around), he enjoys reading and hunting. Chad is passionate about seeing the Lord raise up more African American elders and church planters in the PCA.

Sandra Hardy

Executive Director, Urban Hope Development

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Sandra Hardy serves as the executive director and cofounder of Urban Hope Development. She is responsible for overseeing UHope Success Academy, for middle school students, and Urban Hope Academy for 17-21 year olds. Sandra is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan and resided there for many years before moving to Alabama. Sandra’s educational background includes a Masters in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University, Bachelors of Science degree from Davenport University, and also holds a Certificate of Completion from the Devos Urban Leadership Initiative Training Program. Sandra is happily married to Alton Hardy and they have five children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and finding ways to stay active. Sandra is passionate about being a “helper of mankind” as her names means and seeing the urban poor beat the odds.

Brother Dion

Administrator and Treasurer

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Dion Watts serves as the administrator and treasurer at Urban Hope Community Church. He is primarily responsible for overseeing all accounting and financial related functions. As a native of Fairfield, AL Dion is passionate about discipleship for young men in his community and feels called to eventually be a pastor within the PCA. Dion’s educational background includes a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Birmingham-Southern College and is currently pursuing a degree from Birmingham Theological Seminary, while also being trained to be an elder within the church. In his free time, Dion enjoys reading, fantasy football, poker, and exercising. Dion’s life verse is Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you” (CSB).

Sister Carine

Campus Ministry Staff

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Carine Lewis serves as part of Urban Hope Community Church’s campus staff. She is primarily responsible for serving as a liaison between the local church, Miles College students, Fairfield High school students and other young people. Carine is of Haitian decent and a native of Queens, NY. Carine’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy and Women's Studies from University of West Georgia. Carine is happily married to Carl Lewis and they are new residents of Fairfield, AL. In her free time, she enjoys writing, cooking and laughing.  Carine is passionate about addressing the issues African American women face discipling women.