Door of Hope Staff

Jesus is Making a Way in Cloquet

Aimee Anderson, Door of Hope Cloquet Director

Aimee Anderson, Door of Hope Cloquet Director

In January, 78 women attended our Beauty Instead of Ashes conference in Cloquet, MN.

It was a time of discovery, healing and profound hope for many, and gave birth to two Cloquet women’s support groups and many, many trauma recovery prayer ministry appointments.

Since January, Cloquet residents have received 125 Door of Hope ministry services. People’s hunger for hope and transformation is starting to be met in northern Minnesota...

To continue the work, Jesus has brought us a Volunteer Cloquet Director, Aimee Anderson. Welcome Aimee! We thank God for bringing you to Door of Hope!

Aimee shares...

Three years ago I had chronic illness that was completely debilitating. Our boys, whom I had homeschooled, had to be enrolled in public school and I resigned as Women’s Ministry Director at Good Hope Church. 

Since then, I have received both emotional and physical healing. Praise God!

I am thankful for my dear friend, Darlene Cook (Door of Hope Associate Director), who introduced me to Door of Hope! 

Since my first Door of Hope support group last fall (Authentic Hope), I've had an exciting vision to bring this ministry to my hometown of Cloquet, and have been very thankful to partner with Door of Hope and the growing Door of Hope community!

I want to pass on all that I have learned, and continue this life-long recovery process, side by side with others in the Cloquet area. Doing so brings me so much joy!  

For 20 years, I’ve lived in Cloquet with my husband, Sean, and our three sons. Connor is 19, Sam is 18, and Peter will be 16. We celebrate neuro-diversity in this family with two sons on the spectrum. We enjoy all things geek-culture and build joy by playing role-playing games together!

To learn more about Door of Hope Cloquet, please join us at the benefit breakfast on August 24th or contact Aimee at 763-767-2150 x 111 or

She’d love to hear from you!

Meet Heidi Drummer, Mankato Program Coordinator

Heidi Drummer

Heidi Drummer

I am Heidi Drummer, Mankato’s Volunteer Program Coordinator and Support Group Facilitator in Training. Margy Johnson (new Mankato Director) introduced me to Door of Hope at the 2018 spring banquet. While listening to the testimonies I was moved with the compassion of God. Although I didn’t know in what capacity, I knew that this was something I needed to be part of.

Door of Hope Mankato has started two women’s support groups and are currently offering trauma recovery prayer ministry. Our prayer is that, within the next year, we’ll be able to add support groups for men, teens and children. The future plan for Door of Hope Mankato is to establish a permanent office and a safe house.

I reside in rural Mankato with my husband Andrew of 15 years. My daughters, Elsie and Lyla, are 21 and will be graduating from college this fall. We attend New Creation World Outreach Church. 


Meet Margy Johnson, Mankato Director

Margy Johnson

Margy Johnson

I met Diane about 3 1/2 years ago when I was serving as a foster care provider for women and teens who were pregnant, had children or both. Our hope was to teach them parenting and independent living skills and to see them leave equipped to thrive as a functional family. Over time I realized there was no quick fix for them...and I didn’t have the language for it either. I now understand that they came from generations of abuse and trauma.

When I met Diane and heard her vision for Door of Hope I felt a connection to the work. I’m confident that Door of Hope’s tools and training are setting people free to walk in their God given purposes.

As Mankato’s Director, I envision Door of Hope Mankato as a team of people partnering with other teams to educate and provide the tools needed to help individuals heal from the trauma of abuse. Once healed, people will do the good work they are created for, resulting in healthier families, churches, work places and communities.

My husband Ted and I have seven living children (one is with Jesus) and live in Mankato MN. We are licensed Adult Foster Care providers and are bio parents, step parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, parents-in-law, and have 14 grandchildren. I enjoy talking with people who have a passion for Immanuel (God with us) and who want to partner with Him to see people get healed and set free. Learning about the latest brain research is exciting to me as well. We attend New Creation World Outreach Church in Mankato. I enjoy activities in God’s beautiful creation.


Welcome to New Support Staff Member: Tanda Eidsvoog

We are excited to introduce you to Tanda Eidsvoog, our new part-time office and program assistant. Welcome Tanda! We’re grateful God has called you to Door of Hope as a much-needed support staff member. Your joy and skill lifts us and keeps us moving.

Tanda shares a bit about herself...

Tanda Eidsvoog, Office and Program Assistant

Tanda Eidsvoog, Office and Program Assistant

God has been at work bringing new opportunities into my life this past year, so when I heard His call to Door of Hope, I decided to answer. I’m happy to be helping staff with administrative support, as well as working with our amazing volunteers.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Bethel University. I have also recently been a Personal Care Assistant as well as the Women’s Ministry Director at my home church. Beyond that, my main role has been as a stay-at-home mom for the past 15 years.

My husband, Jason, and I have been married for 21 years and have 4 amazing children. We keep ourselves busy with 3 teenagers and our little 8-year-old! We attend Bridgewood Community Church and have been involved in many volunteer roles there.

As I have gained freedom in Christ step by step over the last 23 years, I’ve been passionate about helping others find that freedom as well. I believe that working with Door of Hope will be a great opportunity to share what I have been given.

Welcome to New Support Staff, Dave Nimmo

Dave Nimmo, bookkeeping and IT

Dave Nimmo, bookkeeping and IT

We are excited to introduce you to Dave Nimmo, our new part-time bookkeeper and IT person! Welcome Dave! We’re so grateful God has called you to Door of Hope as a much-needed support staff member. Thank you and bless you!

Dave shares a bit about himself…

I am very excited to be partnering with Door of Hope, and assuming some bookkeeping responsibilities to free up time for others to minister to the many hurting people who come to Door of Hope.

My wife, Cathy, and I have known about Door of Hope for the past several years and are happy to get more involved in the ministry in whatever capacity the Lord is pleased to use us. 

Our relationship began through Darlene Cook [Associate Director], and every time we engage at Door of Hope we are impressed with the love, integrity, and connection with Jesus we see in the staff and volunteers.

I work in Roseville, and my training and experience is with database and computer systems. I am, along with Cathy, also in the process of engaging with Door of Hope as Trauma Recovery Counseling and Prayer Ministry team member.

Cathy, the love of my life for the past 45 years, and I reside in Coon Rapids. We attend Emmanuel Christian Center, where Cathy is involved with the women’s ministry, and the two of us help mentor marriages. We have four children and eight grandchildren. 

In our spare time, we love to travel and visit our kids and grand kids in California, as well as our family here in Minnesota. Our favorite pastime is driving (usually West) with nothing to do but enjoy conversation and coffee together.

Meet New Associate Director, Nate Oyloe

New Associate Director, Nate Oyloe

New Associate Director, Nate Oyloe

We’re delighted to announce that God is expanding our reach through a new Associate Director, Nate Oyloe. Welcome Nate, we’re praising God for you and your call to join Door of Hope!

Here’s Nate’s message to you...

Almost 20 years ago, the Lord spoke to my heart. “Son, raise up a generation in My love and in My power — a generation like Moses who will lead the Church out of her Egypts.”

At the time, I didn’t know why God was calling me to raise up a generation, and didn’t know how to do it. Over the years, the Lord has been faithful to answer those questions.

The next generation will lead every sphere of life. Therefore, what they believe about the image of God is paramount to their sense of being human and part of God’s created order. Without a biblical understanding of the image of God and our being made in His image, the next generation—and society as we know it—will unravel. The fact that we are created in God’s image is solid ground for every generation.

Early in my recovery, I connected with the Twin Cities prayer movement where I found people of faith who encouraged me to spend extended times in prayer and in God’s Word. They taught me how to study the Bible and how to receive the revelation of the Father’s heart found in the Bible.

As I saw the fruit of a dynamic prayer life, I began to use this strategy in my work with young adults. The fruit was astounding. The Lord granted speedy healing and provision to those crying out to Him (Luke 18:8). I saw that God is raising up a generation in His love and power by revealing His love and power through prayer.

Now, my calling is clear: I am to help raise up a generation in God’s love and power, through prayer and worship while standing for the truth of God’s image.

As Associate Director, I will be developing programming and working with men, and with college-aged and 20-somethings. I will also lead an intercessory prayer team to pray for Door of Hope, our clients, and the abused and traumatized in our city, state and world.

Your prayers and financial support are essential to the work God has called us to accomplish. Thank you.

I look forward to getting to know many of you this year!

Feel free to contact me at 763-767-2150 or


Staff Introduction: Gabby Plaep

Gabby Plaep: Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator

Gabby Plaep: Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator

Please meet Gabby Plaep, our new Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator. If she looks familiar, it’s because she’s been co-leading our Hope-Filled Kids support group and helped launch and lead our Hope-Filled Teens support group.

We praise God that He is providing so that we can bring her on in greater capacity!

Gabby Shares:

In 2015, I received a BA in Exercise Science with a Minor in Youth Ministry from Hope College. While there, I interned at a
Vineyard Church in Michigan, co-leading their youth group and providing fitness classes for the women's ministry.

After graduation, I wanted to return to youth ministry and felt a pull on my heart to help those who have experienced abuse and trauma. I learned about Door of Hope when I was asked to dance at one of their banquets. I remember listening to the stories and asking God if I could join Him in what He was doing.

About a year later, when I was struggling to find a place to be involved in youth ministry, Diane called me about Hope-Filled Kids. I have never received a clearer yes from God in my life.

Besides my position at Door of Hope, I am a Pilates, Zumba, and dance instructor and am pursuing a Masters in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in trauma.

I firmly believe the Kingdom of God belongs to children (Luke 18:16), and that the young are
to be our examples (1 Timothy 4:12).

Watching these kids hear from God and grow in their relationship with Him is my greatest joy.


Staff Introduction: Development Coordinator, Alissa Holmes

Development Coordinator, Alissa Holmes

Development Coordinator, Alissa Holmes

Please meet Alissa Holmes, our Development Coordinator.

Alissa works closely with Diane Stores and the rest of the team to raise funds and expand the scope of Door of Hope’s network.

Alissa is also the Executive Pastor, Development Director and a worship leader at Twin Cities Justice House of Prayer and Outpost Ministries.

She’s been in ministry 15 years, previously serving at the Becker International House of Prayer in various roles, and in a hands-on ministry that helps individuals come out of addiction and sexual exploitation.

She has been an active member of the Minnesota House of Prayer Board of Directors for the past six years, and continues to travel around the state to network and encourage prayer ministries.

Alissa has 10 years of experience in management and administration, focused in program and outcome support for those in need of county/state services. Additionally, Alissa is a freelance artist, photographer, and filmmaker.

Alissa responds to: Why are you at Door of Hope?

I grew up in a loving home with parents who were (and still are) pastors and ministers. Despite that, I had a childhood checkered with abuse and brokenness from others, and had an incredibly tender heart that kept much of what I was experiencing a secret from my parents.

By time I became a teenager, I was in the throes of deep depression and suicidal tendencies. I believed that no one, including God, loved me. In His kindness, God used my father to intervene, and the Holy Spirit began leading me on an intense journey of healing that, while focused primarily over 6 years, is still going on today.

I am passionate about God’s intention for our lives, His heart to heal us, and the work Door of Hope does everyday to help people encounter Him. The only reason I’m walking in freedom today is because of Jesus and His heart to see me become whole.

I love that He promises in Matt 5:4 to comfort those who mourn. I was a mourner, but He came and comforted me, and has made me whole. Daily He walks me from glory to glory. I know that the overcoming and freedom He’s given me is not just for me, but is for everyone, and I love working at Door of Hope because we’re daily helping people understand that truth.

Want to hear more about Alissa’s story?

Alissa Holmes

Check out her recent podcast episode with She Walks In Truth, where she talks about inner healing and the ministry of Door of Hope. You can find it on Stitcher Radio, iTunes, Google Play Music and iHeartRadio, or visit


Feel free to contact Alissa at

Staff Introduction: Assistant Director, Darlene Cook

Darlene Cook, Assistant Director

Darlene Cook, Assistant Director

Please meet Darlene Cook, our new Assistant Director. In this role Darlene works with Diane to help develop and oversee implementation of our ministry programs, trainings, and conferences. This includes working on curriculum updates, speaking at conferences, and training new leaders. She will also help to oversee administrative processes and staffing needs.

Darlene is passionate about helping people who have experienced abuse and/or trauma to find real freedom through the healing power and truth that comes from God’s Word and a relationship with Jesus Christ.

From Darlene:

Over the last 17 years I’ve worked at Emmanuel Christian Center (Spring Lake Park) and Hillside Church (Duluth) in a variety of roles including Church Administration in the areas of Connect Groups, Recovery Ministry, Missions, and Business.

During the same time period, I have gone on mission trips to Guatemala 14 times, and have especially enjoyed serving others through prayer ministry, mentoring, and facilitating support groups in my “free” time.

In 2012, I was at a conference and felt the Holy Spirit leading me to help people who have experienced abuse and trauma find healing and wholeness, and to live the abundant life that Jesus offers them.

I started a support group at Emmanuel’s Recovery program at that time, but when I met Diane Stores in 2015, I could see that the vision of Door of Hope was the same as what God had put in my heart, and it was exciting to see that God had brought us together.

I live in Spring Lake Park and attend Emmanuel Christian Center. I have four adult children, who all have families of their own, with 13 beautiful grandchildren. My husband, Mitch, passed away in May of 2015 from Alzheimer’s disease and pancreatic cancer. I miss him dearly, but I am thankful for the beautiful memories and times we had together. I love to go hiking and kayaking “up north” by Lake Superior as much as possible.

Contact Darlene at to learn more about our work, or for info about us coming to your church for a conference or workshop.