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LARRY POPE - LEAD PASTOR

My wife Debi and I have been a part of this church family since August of 1986. Our ministry began with inner city mission work while attending God’s Bible College in Cincinnati, Ohio. Following graduation we served two different churches in Kentucky prior to our arrival here. Our passion for worship, and vision for the faith-induced horizon continue to feed our spirits and energize our will to service and minister in the Gibsonville community and surrounding area.  

Favorite part about my job:  I love the opportunity of telling the Gospel.  Being able to connect people with the hope and relevance of God’s Word inspires me and hopefully those who are hearing the message

Favorite verses of Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:19-20

Hobbies: Fishing, Enjoying new places with my wife, Being a grandfather

A little bit more: In Larryland, true blue is Kentucky blue. Debi and I began our relationship while serving on a college mission’s team to Cottonwood, AZ. in the summer of 1975.  Our first kiss took place that summer on the very edge of the Grand Canyon.  Wow, what a memory!

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Kelly Goudy - spiritual formation pastor

My wife Lisa and I have been married for 31 years and have been here for just over 5 years. We have one married daughter (Kera) with a daughter and son (Kennedy & Corbin) of her own. (That makes us BKA as PawPaw and Nana) We have a daughter (Kaitlyn) and a son (Christian).

I served for several years as a youth pastor at my home church in Greensboro and pastored in a bi-vocational preaching ministry at CrossGate Wesleyan Church in Oak Ridge for 10-1/2 years. We are excited about the direction that God is moving us toward here at Hope River. My hope is that all who visit with us and sense God’s direction to connect will find a group of great friends to share life with.

Favorite part about my job:  I love getting to know people and helping them find ways to connect with one another as they connect with Christ in everyday life.

Favorite verses of Scripture: Psalm 46:10a

Hobbies: Reading, tennis, bad golf and being a college basketball fanatic

A little bit more: In Kellyland, true blue is Duke blue.

True love is friendship…caught on fire. 

I am married to my best friend! 

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wendel mcdowell - youth pastor

Wendel grew up in this church and Melinda grew up in Apple’s Chapel Christian Church just down the road. Both were saved and baptized as teens but became most passionate for the Lord and ministry after they were married. It was in 1999 that Wendel fully committed his life to Christ and began teaching Sunday School as well as actively participating in other church ministries. In 2003 he felt the Lord calling him to fulltime youth ministry but doors closed and he had the opportunity find out just how much he trusted God. Shortly after telling God that he was going to wait on Him, Pastor Larry called Wendel about coming on board as Youth Pastor. Wendel is now an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church. Melinda is a kindergarten school teacher at Vandalia Christian School and is actively involved in the youth and children’s ministries of BWC. Their children are Morgan, Whitney, and Lane. Their desire is for everyone they can touch through their ministry to know the Lord as their savior and help them to become all that they can be in Christ

Favorite part about my job: Seeing lives transformed by Jesus Christ and seeing those lives come together to form Christ's living body in the world. 

Favorite verses of Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6 / Romans 8:28  
Hobbies: Coaching, Hiking, Biking, Yard work (when I get a chance), Playing all sports, Reading

A little bit more: I love seafood. I've never eaten at a seafood restaurant I did not like!!! :)