Doug Holt

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Pastor Doug

Pastor Doug is the Co-founder and Senior Pastor of Discover Hope International. Having ministered in Columbus for 19 years, he has a passion for the lost and a gift for administration. Pastor Doug is married to Co-Founder Pastor Liana Holt, they have seven children all serving in some form of ministry. it has been Pastor Doug's personal ministry to help others fulfil their destiny’s to pastor. Discover Hope was always created to be a spirit filled body of believers ready to serve.

Pastor Doug holds a bachelor’s in ministry from Vision International, as well as a master’s in education with endorsements in Mathematics. this degree serves him as to teaches at Central Community College in Columbus, NE.

It is his goal to start churches in York, Norfolk, Fremont, and Grand Island Nebraska. To accomplish this, he has setup many teachings and leadership training courses in the church to train leaders to help with these outreaches.

Pastor Doug is a prophetic pastor ministering to mean with a word of Prophecy. As well he moves in the gift of healing in the services of the church.


Liana Holt

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Pastor Liana

Pastor Liana Holt, Wife of Senior Pastor, Doug Holt. has been ministering at Discover Hope since its inception 20 years ago. Liana has an Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Human Resources from Wayne State College and a Bachelor's degree in theology from the International School of Ministry. Pastor Liana is the Co-pastor for Discover Hope International, administrates the International School of Ministry sessions for both the associate and bachelor programs, and oversees a variety of ministries to meet the practical needs of congregants such a parenting classes, marriage seminars, etc.  

Pastor Liana works closely with all ministries churchwide, and is our go-to Pastor whenever a question needs to be answered. Her joy in the Lord makes her a blessing to Discover Hope International and we are proud to call her one of our own. 

If you have questions about any of the ministries mentioned above, or would like to chat with Pastor Liana, send her an email today!

Associate Pastor

Aaron Brant

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Pastor Aaron

Born on February 1st, 1982 in McCook Nebraska; Aaron grew up in a loving Christian home and gave his life to Jesus at the age of 4. Shortly thereafter he and his family moved to Las Vegas Nevada where they lived for seven years before returning to their home state in January of 1994. Aaron was filled with the Holy Spirit at age 16 while attending Grace Fellowship church in Kearny Nebraska, after high school Aaron attended McCook Community College from 2000-2002, during which time his parents moved to the Columbus area. Following graduation Aaron moved to the Columbus area as well where he met Pastors Doug and Liana and began attending Discover Hope in the Fall of 2002. During this time Aaron was tasked with developing and leading the churches Youth Ministry. Five years later, in October of 2006 Aaron married his wife Sarah and they continued leading the churches youth ministry for several more years before transitioning into their current roles as Assistant Pastors. During this time Aaron and Sarah earned their Bachelor of Arts in Ministry and Leadership from Life Pacific College.

Currently Aaron performs a wide range of ministry roles within the church, assisting the Senior Pastors as well as filling in other roles as needed. If asked Aaron would say that one of the things he enjoys most about Discover Hope is the family atmosphere, it is a place where people truly care for one another and where you can feel free to be yourself. While always eager to serve in whatever capacity is needed, Aaron especially enjoys ministering with his wife and personally ministering to the people in the church whether thru personal prayer, delivering a sermon or simply making people laugh at one of his corny jokes or crazy antics.

Outside of the church Aaron works at Becton Dickinson’s West Plant here in Columbus where he serves as a Manufacturing Engineer. When not serving at the Church or working at BDs Aaron enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and four little Vikings. He also enjoys spending time with friends and family, cheering for the Huskers, playing board games, listening to music and spending time on various creative pursuits. Aaron would like to welcome you to the Discover Hope family and he looks forward to getting to know you better. 

Associate Pastor

Sarah Brant

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Pastor Sarah


Hi everyone! I’m Pastor Sarah Brant! I’m a lover of Jesus, wife to Pastor Aaron Brant, and blessed mommy to the 4 sweetest boys ever! Discover Hope has been my home where I have had the privilege to grow and serve for the past 12 years. In 2012 I graduated from Life Pacific College with a degree in Ministry and Leadership, and in 2014 I became a licensed minister of the Gospel. I live my life with a passion and excitement to see all people come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ!

During my time in ministry at Discover Hope, I’ve been blessed to minister in many areas of leadership, serving in youth ministry, children’s ministry, Sunday school ministry, nursery, worship ministry, as well teaching and preaching. I truly feel the most alive in ministry when I am doing personal ministry, counseling and pouring into people’s lives one on one. In my heart, I am best described as an encourager, optimist, cheerleader and a shepherd who cares deeply for people and desires to see all people walk victoriously in the freedom that is theirs in Christ! Give me a phone call or drop me an email today if you have any questions or would like to chat! God bless you!

Associate Pastor

Ruth Heule

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Pastor Ruth

I am Pastor Ruth Heule, and Discover Hope has been my church family since 2008. I am married to Doug, and we have 3 grown children, 2 of whom are married and we have 6 of the cutest grandkids! 

In June of 2017 I received my license as Pastor at Discover Hope International Church; I am proof that when God places a calling on your life it does not go away! 

I have been a Christian since I was 11 years old. I was saved through “Good News Bible Club” held at a friend’s house and from that moment I have loved Jesus and have had a deep passion for others to know Him like I do! At the age of 19, while attending Mid-America Nazarene University, in Olathe, Ks., I felt the call to become a pastor. Life took a few twists and turns and I did not heed that calling. After getting “untwisted” I needed a career and became a Registered Nurse in 1998, through Central Community College, Grand Island, NE. I still practice nursing full-time while working as an associate pastor here at Discover Hope. 

I could not get away from ministry though because I have such a desire for the world to know the love of Jesus Christ and how He truly can transform a life just like he has mine! My husband Doug and I have always reached out to others and when our children were young we held “The Lighthouse Club”, a weekly club in our home for children in our neighborhood and taught them about the love of Christ. It was rewarding to see many children give their hearts to the Lord.  For 10 years we operated a non-profit outreach center; “C.O.F.F.E.E. House” (Christ Offers Freedom For Everyone Everywhere) In Columbus and had the privilege of ministering to many people. 

In June 2017 I became a licensed pastor,hence finally stepping into the calling the Lord had put on my heart over 3 decades ago! I will endeavor to serve under the leadership of Pastors Doug and Liana, continuing to lead the woman’s group, "Sisters Of the Sword!", helping with the youth, teaching Sunday school, preaching, and teaching God’s Word because I believe God has placed me here to help fulfill the vision God has place in their hearts to bring to the city of Columbus Jesus Christ, therefore changing the world!

If you would like to contact me just give me a call or drop me an e-mail.