At Hope, we aim to build church the way they did in the Bible. In New Testament churches there were ‘elders’ (also called pastors), men who took the ultimate responsibility for leading, teaching, caring for and protecting the church.
We also have a number of key men and women overseeing departments in the life of the church, some of who you can see below.
TOM SCRIVENS (ON STAFF)
Tom and Sarah have three young children and moved to Ipswich in 2014. Tom works full time for Hope Church and also leads Sent, a movement of 18-30s across Relational Mission. Sarah heads up our midweek Tots groups for parents and toddlers.
Eldership Team Leader
TIM VIRGO (ON STAFF)
Tim and Esme Virgo moved to Ipswich in 2015 and have three young children. Tim works full time for the Church; responsible for Pastoral Care and LifeGroups. Esme is a key member of the Pastoral Care team.
Leads Pastoral Care Team
Oversight of LifeGroups
Maurice and Rachel have 4 children and have lived in Ipswich since 2012. Maurice works part time for Hope Church and part time for our family of churches, Relational Mission. Rachel heads up Women of Hope, a ministry for women.
Apostolic care of other churches in Relational Mission
Ian and Chris have been part of the church for over 20 years and have 3 grown up children. Ian works as a finance consultant.
Chairs the Board of Trustees.
Leads Movement, our men’s ministry.
Len and Ann South have been part of Hope Church since 2012. Ann is retired and Len is a solicitor.
Member of the trustees
Oversees a number of Small Groups
Mark and Rachael have lived in Ipswich for over two decades and have 4 grown up children. Mark has recently retired from a senior position in the local council.
Heads up ministries helping those in need.
Oversight of Safeguarding Team
MATT CORNISH (ON STAFF)
Matt works full time for Hope Church and is responsible for our graphics & communications, making sure our Sunday mornings run well and handling bookings of the centre.
ROD BENNETT (ON STAFF)
CONNECT TEAM LEADER & HOPE KIDS ADMINISTRATOR
Rod works part time for Hope Church making sure that everyone who comes to Hope Church receives a warm welcome and helps people to find their place at Hope Church. Rod also works one day a week administrating for the children's work.