Our Leadership Team

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

Keith PonsfordKeith Ponsford – Interim Minister

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

Keith is married to Jacqi, 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.

Three prominent qualities he 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.

Mary Simpson – Secretary

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.

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!

Kevin PonsfordKevin 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.



** Watch this space for exciting new Leadership Team members soon!**