We're on a journey to discover God's provision for Hope's new Lead Pastor.  We are praying for you and we also ask that you pray for us.

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About Hope Church

In June 2015, The Wood Family left Savannah, GA and moved to Maine with a vision to plant Hope Church as a place that would help reach Maine and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  The Woods hosted their new neighbors for a bonfire, bbq, and boiled peanuts.  Out of this gathering, a small group formed and eventually grew into Hope Church. 

Hope Church grew to an average of 120-140 pre-covid and our attendance is growing again.  Hope's growth has been fueled by a mission to reach more people for Jesus Christ. We keep things simple, focusing on making Sundays a great place where people can bring their unchurched friends. Sundays at Hope feature modern worship, practical and expository teaching, and a fun kid's environment that meets during worship and teaches kids they can trust God, His Word, and that Jesus came to give them life and hope. Hope offers small groups that provide opportunity for connection and growth. Hope hosts three major annual outreach events: Christmas Eve Service, Kid's Camp, and a Fall Festival.  To help Hope transition to a new pastor, our Church Planting Pastor plans to continue to serve until Hope is able to call a new pastor.  

Hope Church Purpose Statement

Hope exists to bring glory to God by making disciples through gospel-centered worship, community, service, and multiplication.  We are about loving God, loving people, and leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Current Search Phase

Receive & Review Questionnaire #1
from our Short List of Candidates

About Our Future Lead Pastor

Hope has grown and flourished out of the view that God has called and sent us out to be missionaries to those still without Jesus.  Hope’s Lead Pastor will serve as the lead missionary for Hope Church and will seek to lead the church on mission by teaching God’s Word, casting vision, leading in evangelism and outreach, modeling servant leadership, recruiting and developing leaders, assimilating and discipling people, shepherding and loving the church, and overseeing the organization and administration of the church.  



The Lead Pastor, having repented of his sins, will follow Jesus as Lord of his life through a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.  He will have sound doctrine and good judgment.  He will believe in the authority, sufficiency, and truth of God’s Word (the Bible).  He will be in agreement with the Baptist Faith & Message 2000, the Hope Tenets of Faith, and the Hope Church Bylaws.  He will meet the Biblical qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:6-9.



The Lead Pastor will bring the message each Sunday morning and is responsible for organizing his own supply when absent (in cooperation with Hope’s Servant Lead Team).  The Lead Pastor will be the leader of the church as provided by the Holy Scriptures.  He will empower staff and volunteers to participate in the decision making processes that reflect the Lead Pastor’s heart and vision for the church.  To establish an efficient leadership infrastructure, the Lead Pastor shall be responsible to articulate in clear, concise and simple language the vision of the church.

Education & Experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelors Degree (Masters of Divinity degree desired)

  • Pastoral or other similar ministry experience is desired


Personal Characteristics & Skills

  • Has good judgment and is able to make decisions in a timely manner 

  • Is able to inspire and lead people 

  • Has a love of God’s Word, a passion for preaching, and a passion for communicating God’s Word in a way that inspires people to follow God

  • Has an intimate knowledge of & commitment to Hope’s mission, vision, values, & Biblical standards.

  • Has strong integrity with strong leadership capabilities

  • Is courageous and a challenger

  • Ability to foster an environment of joy & fun

  • Has discretion when it comes to all sensitive & confidential matters

  • Is emotionally intelligent & discerning

  • A teacher, learner, shepherd, & servant

  • A team player with high interpersonal skills

  • Excellent time management skills and prioritizes tasks & deadlines

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills

About our Town/Region/State

  1. The region around our church is growing.  Brunswick-Topsham is a growing area.  Here's an article about Brunswick's recent job growth.  

  2. Our area has a great need for the Gospel.  If you're looking to live in an area where Christians are the majority, this isn't for you.  If you're looking to serve where many people do not have christian friends, then this is a great place for you.  

  3. We are blessed with an abundance of ways to play in our backyard.  You can be on the beach in 31 minutes at Reid State Park or Popham Beach.  Snow skiing is as close as 41 minutes away in Auburn, 60 minutes away if you want to ski while overlooking the ocean in Camden, and the bigger slopes are only 80-90 minutes from us.  If hiking is your thing, we are blessed to have Brunswick Town Commons (6 min), Chase Preserve (9 min), Androscoggin Riverwalk (3 min), Woodward Point Preserve (9 min), Bradbury Mountain State Park (17 min), Wolfe's Neck State Park (18 min), and countless other hiking areas nearby.  From lobster pounds and lighthouses, to nearby shopping (Brunswick, Topsham, Freeport, Bath), to the bigger town amenities and Seadogs games in Portland (30 minutes), to Redsox games and the historical sites of Boston (2 hours), to national parks like Acadia (2.5 hours) and the Canadian border (3 hours)... there are thousands of fun things to do here.  We know you'll love it here.  We can't wait to show you around.  

Pastor Search Team Biographies 

Hope Pastor Search Team Members

(Jordan Manson, Stephanie Ecker, Tim Fisher, Jen Balser, & Jerry Lin)

Pastor Search Team Reserve Members

(Alivia Manson, Katie Carter, & Dwight Balser)

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