Giles Woodcraft

Giles was bought up in a farming Christian family in Bedfordshire. He enjoyed his childhood playing with tractors and enjoying numerous sports. These pursuits could have become the main things in his life but, in his late teen years, God bought him to a realisation of his need to know God. Since then, he has been seeking to serve Jesus and His church. Giles is married to Lauren and they have 4 young boys and a daughter. They have moved from Brighton to join the leadership at Hope Church.

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Stuart Smith

Stuart was brought up as a devout Catholic and always had an interest in spiritual matters but did not appreciate the need to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  While studying at Southampton University, he was encouraged to read John’s Gospel and soon realised that he must be ‘born again’ by the Spirit of God.  He put his trust in Jesus Christ, his death and resurrection for forgiveness and everlasting life.  He is keen to see Hope Church become effective in reaching a world that needs to understand the Good News about Jesus. Stuart is a retired Medical Physicist and is married to Jennifer, a retired primary school teacher.  They have two married daughters and six grandchildren.

Mike Mellor

Mike and Gwen
Mike and Gwen

Mike Mellor worked for years in the newspaper and music businesses, during which time he spiralled down into the chaotic life of an alcoholic. After conversations with a work colleague he was dramatically converted to Christianity. He then studied at the South Wales Bible College and went on to pastor churches in South Wales and Covent Garden in London. After serving as a staff evangelist with the Open Air Mission, he joined the pastoral team at Moordown Baptist Church in November 2008. Hope Church Ferndown, is a church plant from MBC and became fully independent in September 2011. Mike is still married to his long-suffering wife Gwen and they have four married daughters and seven grandchildren.

You can listen to some of Mike’s sermons on the Sermons page on this website. Mike can also be found on Twitter.

John Cowell

John was raised in Sussex as one of four children. He always had a belief in the Christian Message and often sat with his mother comparing verses from the Bible. In his search for truth he embraced the Catholic faith when he was a young man   His faith began to grow cold until God challenged him and brought him back to his non-conformist roots.  Thus began a journey which led him to resign from a lucrative career and enter full time Christian Ministry.  He is married to Pat a retired nurse and student counsellor and they have 12 grand children and 6 great grand children.