Our Leadership Team is made up of the Minister, Secretary and Treasurer and 5 other appointed members.

Andrew GardinerAndrew Gardiner – Minister

Andrew is married to Katherine and they have three grown-up children. They trained together at Moorlands Bible College and came to Plymouth in 1994 for Andrew to take up the position as Youth Director at nearby Mutley Baptist, and have stayed in the city ever since! They have been at Hope since May 2003 and simply LOVE being part of a thriving and loving church family like the one here.

One of Andrew’s great joys is leading the wonderful staff team at Hope, and helping each member develop their potential, and work to their strengths.

He is an ardent football supporter and also he loves nearly any sort of music. Andrew has an extensive CD and vinyl collection, but still (very sadly) has a preference for 70’s pop ‘n’ rock!

He is passionate about preaching God’s word and encouraging people to put their faith in Christ. Other passions in church life are for the freedom and power of the Holy Spirit to be more & more evident in every area of our fellowship, and for the church to raise up and train its own leaders from within.

Andrew has an MA in Evangelism. His favourite Christian writers are Leonard Ravenhill and AW Tozer.  He regularly attends New Wine leadership conferences and is happy to be tagged with being both evangelical and charismatic…. one of his favourite Bible verses is: “Our gospel did not come to you with simply words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit, and deep conviction.” 1 Thess 1 vs 5

Keith Ponsford – Interim Minister

Keith joined the staff team in December 2016 as Interim Minister to help undertake some of the workload in the absence if our minister Andrew due to ill health.

Keith is married to Jacqui, Father to three and a Grandad to seven, Keith has plenty to keep him busy.  Having had the privilege of being raised by loving Christian parents he grew up in and through the local church.

The three prominent qualities that Keith has clung to throughout his ministry are: A passion for accurate teaching of God’s word in life applicable ways.  A desire to inspire and lead teams of volunteers to embrace a central vision of seeing lives changed.  The desire that the local church actively engages the local community through meeting the communities perceived needs in a very real and tangible ways.


Linda Snell

Linda Snell – Secretary

Linda joined the leadership team in April 2013. She has been worshipping at Hope since 2003 and has recently taken on the role as Church Secretary.

She is married to Paul who heads up the chaplaincy team at Derriford hospital.  Linda has three grown up children with six grandchildren who keep her busy. Having retired with health problems in 2009  from working as a practice nurse, since 2013 she has found time for a role on the pastoral team and has sung in the worship band for several years.

Linda says, “Serving on the leadership team very exciting after recently sharing in a team which looked into the vision of the church. God is preparing us all for a church where we can grow in our spiritual lives and serve God wherever he calls.”

Tony JopsonTony Jopson – Treasurer

Tony is married to Hilary and they have one daughter, Abi, who currently works as a trainee accounting technician with them in their business, Tony Jopson & Co, Chartered Accountants. As well as undertaking accounts preparation and tax work, they seek to find, negotiate and implement solutions for individuals and companies in financial difficulties so they often meet people in very stressful situations.

Tony assists in teaching the 5-7 year olds, runs an adult Bible study group and a fellowship group at Hope. He is also Centre Manager of Hope’s Christians Against Poverty (“CAP”) project. Tony is a Gideon, which involves taking assemblies and giving out Bibles in local schools.

Tony believes that you can assess people’s priorities by where they spend their money – indeed Jesus said “where your treasure is there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:21). It is a great shame that often the wallet is the last part of a person to be converted!

Mark Henagulph

Mark has been married to Lynda for nearly twenty one years and they have two children Grace & Adam.  He grew up in Oxford and was blessed by being part of a Christian family and started going to church in the womb! Lynda and Mark moved to Plymouth in 1997 and have been at Hope since then.

Currently at Hope he co-leads the student housegroup with Lynda, plays bass guitar in the band (as often as possible!), he is a member of the Worship & Technical Action Group, leads the PA techies, occasionally leads Sunday morning services and is a Street Pastor

Mark was voted onto the leadership team in March 2015 and says “It is a privilege to service the church in this way. I am particularly passionate about looking forward in the life of our church and therefore seeking / acting on what God has for us.”

Kevin Ponsford

Kevin Ponsford

Kev has been attending Hope Baptist with his wife, Karen, since 2006.  They are the proud parents of Alfie, born in 2014.  The other member of their family is their chocolate Labrador – Rolo – who keeps them well exercised.

Within the Church Kev is responsible for looking after the 40+ strong music team (including the very important tekkies!) which leads the sung worship each week. He likes to pretend he’s fit by organising ‘Monday Night Football’ for those who like to release their weekly tensions on the astroturf.

Kev organises the Church’s very own party band, “Hot Jam”, which can be found every so often playing at one of the many birthday or anniversary parties put on by the members of the Church.

Mary Simpson 

Mary has been attending Hope since 2004 along with her husband Richard and sons David, Peter and Andrew. She has been on the Leadership team since 2011 and prior to that led the 8-11’s Hy-Powered children’s work, which she found great fun and very stimulating, but after being involved in Children’s work in different churches for 30 years felt it was right to hand on to others!

She heads up the Belonging Action Group which is seeking to encourage everyone’s involvement in the church in different ways through social activities and participation in fellowship groups. She is passionate about prayer and seeing God changing lives and loves being part of our growing, lively church family. Along with Richard she runs a bi-weekly Fellowship group.

Mary is a part-time teacher of English at a local Community College and still enjoys the challenge that brings.