The elders at Hope in Christ Bible Church see shepherding the church as a high, holy and humbling biblical commitment, as the Apostle Peter exhorts elders to "shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight...proving to be examples to the flock" (I Pet. 5:1-3). The Apostle Paul explains why the responsibility of an elder is to be taken seriously: The church they guard was purchased with Christ's own blood (Acts 20:28).
With this in mind, these elders, as undershepherds, must take seriously the biblical call to spiritually lead, feed, and protect the dear saints God has entrusted to their care as ones who will one day give an account for these souls to the great Shepherd of the sheep (Heb. 13:17,20).
In the wisdom and strength of God, the elders of Hope in Christ Bible Church seek to humbly model Christ to the congregation and take every opportunity to faithfully study and impart God's truth to God's people, as is His plan "for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ" (Eph. 4:11-12).
Our pastor at Hope, Peter Smith, grew up in Southern California where he studied at Biola University (intercultural studies), Talbot Seminary and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in systematic theology from The Masters Seminary. Peter is married to the love of his life, Sonya, and they are blessed by the Lord with four children: Joshua, Matthew, Katherine, and Daniel.
Peter and Sonya served as church planters in the provincial Philippines and atheistic Czech Republic for nearly 20 years. They have huge hearts to see God’s glory made known everywhere (Psalm 96:1-3). In 2009, Hope warmly welcomed Peter to come minister the Word and pastor the congregation. Since that time, Peter has preached expositionally through Ephesians, Acts, I Peter, II Peter, Esther, John, Jonah, Titus, a number of the Psalms, and most recently, all of Genesis. II Corinthians 2:14 is one of the many prized passages he celebrates in life and ministry: "But thanks be to God who always leads us in His triumph in Christ and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place!" One of his favorite quotes: "Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God." -Wm. Carey