Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team is made up of the Minister, Secretary and Treasurer and up to 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!

Kev Harvey

Kev has been worshipping with his family at Hope since 2006 and is involved in various aspects of church life where he feels God has placed him at this time. He’s married to Marion and they have sons Liam (21) and George (19), and enjoys having fun and quality time together with them; whether out walking/running the moors, playing/listening to music, watching movies, drama or comedy together to name but a few things. He loves keeping fit by running most days, playing football, gymnasium and cycling when possible. Other interests include an affinity with the great outdoors, gardening, woodwork and DIY.

Kev has been privileged to serve in the Royal Marines Band service for over 25 years and loves music and the active varied lifestyle the job offers. This is reflected in his chosen trade as a percussionist, not only playing drum kit but also timpani, tuned and auxiliary percussion, basically hitting or beating (carefully) anything, sometimes whilst marching! Kev also really enjoys playing drums in worship at Hope. Throughout his career Kev has been fortunate to travel extensively, meet some extraordinary people, experience a variety of challenges, developing leadership and management skills which he feels led to utilise at Hope.

In recent years Kev has trained as a psychotherapist with a view to a future career and his love and interest in people. He currently does some counselling for Plymouth & District Mind, managing this around his day job when time permits. This training and experience is something Kev uses in his role in the pastoral care team at Hope BC, an area he’s passionate about and keen to build on in the coming years. Kev is interested in the support and nurturing of others and continues to mentor young men in the church, also coordinating others doing similar in Hope as and when’s required.

The shared learning, love and care of his house group offer great support to him and the family, enabling him to put himself forward for more responsibility at this time. Kev continues to be open to learning and listening in many aspects, but most importantly by reading and understanding then acting upon God’s word, which he believes is a constant ever changing exciting challenge in his life.

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.

 

Tania Hawker

Having been recently elected onto the leadership team in March 2018, Tania is one of the newest recruits to the leadership team and likes to remind them at opportune moments that she is also the youngest.

Tania has been a member of Hope Baptist for 16 years, and over the years has taken on various roles, from helping with the Hype youth group, to crèche leader, to service leader. She is currently an active member of CFAG (children and families action group).

Tania has been married to David for 13 years and has 3 children, Evie, Seth and Jude who like to keep her on her toes. As well as her own children, Tania spends her days teaching other people’s children at a local primary school as a Year 1 teacher.

The part of Hope that Tania loves best is the love we have for each other in Christ, and she is excited to see that spilling out of our walls and into the community. She is a firm believer in ‘opening up the doors’, and is therefore often found outside on Sunday mornings welcoming people in or just saying hello to our neighbours.

 

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