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. There were also ‘deacons’: men and women who served people in the church in support of the elders. We also have a few staff members serving different areas of church life.
Below you can see photos of our elders, our deacons and staff members.
PASTORS / ELDERS
Tom and Sarah have three young children and moved to Ipswich in 2014. Tom works full time for Hope Church and also leads Sent, an event for students and twenties across Relational Mission.
Eldership Team Leader
Tim and Esme Virgo moved to Ipswich in 2015 and have four 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
Len and Ann South have been part of Hope Church since 2012. Ann is retired and Len is a solicitor.
Member of the trustees
Tomi and Moyo live in Ipswich with their two young children.
Nick and Corrie live in Ipswich and have three teenage children.
Rod works part time for Hope, helping people to find their place at Hope and making sure that everyone who comes to our Sunday gatherings receives a warm welcome. He also serves as a deacon on our pastoral care core team and he is involved in the Alpha course core team.
Esme serves as a deacon on our pastoral care core team.
Jan serves as a deacon in our pastoral care core team.
Sam works part time, leading our Young Adults ministry for 18-30s.
Matt works full time for Hope Church and is responsible for looking after our building, our graphics and communications, making sure our Sunday mornings run well and handling bookings of the centre.
Kirsten works part time for Hope Church, heading up Legacy, our thriving youth work, which has gatherings on Sundays and Fridays
Bebs works part time as the finance coordinator at Hope Church. Click here for more information on how you can give.
Abi works full time for Hope Church, heading up Hope Kids which has groups for children from aged 1, through to year 6 of school.