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!

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


Thanking God for You!

Founder and Executive Director, Diane Stores

Founder and Executive Director, Diane Stores

I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. - Romans 1:8

I don't know about you, but for me November and December are a time of reflection, gratitude, and remembrance of all God has done the past year. It's overwhelming to consider all the ways He has blessed and poured out His favor, and all the ways He has used you to accomplish His purposes at Door of Hope.

Here's Some of What God Has Accomplished in 2018, Through You:

Support Groups

  • Served 166 people: 123 women, 23 kids, 10 teens, and 10 children thru childcare

  • Added two new support groups: Safe People and Loving on Purpose Parenting Class

  • Increased the number of trained support group leaders to 15

  • Added more group space through our expansion this fall (we’re already running out of space!)

  • Held our first off-site support group

Trauma Recovery Counseling & Prayer Ministry and Women’s Conferences

  • Facilitated more than 140 Trauma Recovery Counseling & Prayer Ministry sessions

  • Two conferences provided for women seeking healing from abuse, with one more conference coming in December

Safe Housing and Crisis Counseling

  • Helped 10 women in crisis write safety plans to help minimize the danger of leaving an unsafe situation

  • Added three safe houses, hosted by families willing to take in women needing a safe refuge

Staffing and Volunteers

  • 1500+ volunteer hours have been logged so far!

  • Increased the hours of Associate Director, Darlene Cook, to 30 hours a week

  • Hired Gabby Plaep as our part-time Youth & Young Adult Ministry Coordinator

  • Added Nate Oyloe to our staff as a volunteer (with hopes to bring him on payroll soon) to help us serve more men

  • Added two more staff offices through this fall’s Ministry Center expansion

Wow! It is very exciting to see God bring His hope and healing to so many men, women, and children!

The need continues to increase as word about Door of Hope spreads...

From all of us at Door of Hope - thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

From all of us at Door of Hope - thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We believe we will be able to continue to serve those God sends us, but we need your help, your prayers, and your continued support.

From all of us at Door of Hope - thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We pray you and your family will have a blessed Thanksgiving season.

With love and gratitude,

Diane Stores
Executive Director

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.

Staff Introduction: Renee Volk

Renee Volk, Ministry Coordinator

Renee Volk, Ministry Coordinator

Please meet Renee Volk, Door of Hope’s Ministry Coordinator.

Working with Executive Director, Diane Stores, and other staff members, Renee helps prepare for conferences and support groups (we have six this fall!). She provides support in prayer appointments, and reaches out to local churches, including distributing conference information to the churches in that area.

Her work includes updating manuals, communicating with future support group members, and, when possible, joining in support groups (one of her favorite things to do). She also leads worship at our conferences, and at our fundraising benefit dinners.

Renee has 7+ years of prayer ministry training, and has led church worship for more than 20 years. Toting her keyboard, she has been spotted leading worship on various missions trips, even learning songs in Spanish :).  Her work experience includes years of customer service, several administrative support roles, and 15+ years as a server while homeschooling her children. 

At Bridgewood Community Church, she served on a worship leadership team for many years, and one-and-a-half years on the church’s main leadership team.

Renee says:

Door of Hope really does represent its name...a door of hope. Support groups, inner healing appointments, and training seminars/conferences are our backbone, and God is busy, as the testimonies that pour from this ministry continue to amaze us. I can personally testify to the power of the prayer appointments, as God has used them to bring me peace in areas that I didn't know were possible.
I am so excited to finally land in one spot, and to be able to use my gifts/skills as a staff member, to serve Jesus in a fuller capacity at Door of Hope.

Originally from Blaine, Renee and her husband of 26 years, Craig, currently live in East Bethel, Minnesota. They have three children, and attend Constance Church in Ham Lake. Renee enjoys nature, music/singing, camping, puzzles, and spending time with family and friends. The Volks have two dogs (their newest puppy is just five months old) and a cat. Renee loves Jesus and is thankful that He has made a way to freedom, and to a personal relationship with the Maker of this great universe.

If you would like to hear more about Door of Hope, or introduce us to your church mission team or pastoral staff, please contact Renee at 763-767-2150 or She would love to hear from you!  


Staff Introduction: Amy Ziolkowski

Prayer Ministry Director, Amy Ziolkowski

Prayer Ministry Director, Amy Ziolkowski

Please meet Door of Hope’s Prayer Ministry Director, Amy Ziolkowski.

Amy has faithfully ministered with us, in a variety of ways, since our inception four years ago.

As Prayer Ministry Director, Amy organizes our volunteer prayer team, schedules trauma recovery counseling appointments, leads trauma recovery counseling sessions, teaches healing prayer workshops, and has helped develop our trauma recovery counseling and prayer ministry manual.

Amy and her husband are founding members of Bridgewood Community Church. During their 10 years at Bridgewood, Amy trained small group leaders, and worked with Diane Stores in various volunteer roles. Amy and Gary, her husband of nearly 34 years, have three grown children and are members of Emmanuel Christian Center.