Elder Bios

Jeff Eakes
Jeff and Nancy have been married since 2001 and have six children. They've attended Hope since September 1998. Jeff has served on the Hope Finance Committee since 2005, was a small group leader and is active in two mens' groups and a couples group. Jeff also serves on the Boards of Directors for Cary Academy, The Miracle League of the Triangle and Global Hope India. Jeff is employed at SAS Institute as Senior Director of Corporate Treasury. Nancy serves on the Prayer Team at Hope and is active in the Restored workshops and individual prayer appointments. The Eakes live in Cary.
Mike Lee
Mike and Laura Lee have been married since 1978 and have two adult children and three grandchildren. Mike and Laura founded Hope Community Church in 1994 after moving to North Carolina from California. Both have served in nearly every ministry at Hope and have participated in mission trips to Haiti and Africa. Mike is the senior pastor at Hope Community Church. Mike and Laura live in Apex.

Mark Martyak Mark Martyak
Mark Martyak married his high school sweetheart, Patti, in 1980. They have two adult children and have been members of Hope since 2000. Mark serves on the worship team and is a band member of the Band of Brothers. He also is a chairman of the board for Hope for Haiti. Patti is a small group leader for middle school and high school students, and volunteers for Hope’s accounting department. Mark is a registered professional electrical engineer and is President-Distributed Generation for PowerSecure Inc., where he helps lead the company with Christian core values. Patti and Mark live in Cary.
Scott Newnam
Scott Newnam and his family have been attending Hope since 2007. He married his wife, Jennifer, in 1996 and they have three young children. Scott and Jennifer are small group leaders and serve in KidCity. They are also involved with the Helene Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Anna’s Angels. Scott has also participated on a Hope mission trip to Africa and is a local youth soccer coach. Scott is the president and CEO of Audio Advice in Raleigh and his family lives in Morrisville.
Jeff Nielsen
Jeff and Becky Nielsen have been married since 1982. They have four sons and three grandchildren. As founding members of Hope Community Church, Jeff and Becky have served as small group leaders, premarital mentors and a host home for student ministries. Jeff also serves on the worship team, with Local Hope and is involved in ID. Jeff owns Nielsen Construction and his family lives in Cary.
Derek Noether
Derek and Nancy Noether have been married since 1993. They have three wonderful daughters: Ava, Ella and Addison. Derek and Nancy started attending Hope in 2008. They are in a small group and serve in KidCity. Derek has also been involved in Hope’s strategy and organization development, stewardship and financial ministry, marketplace ministry and leads a small group bible study at work. Derek is a senior director and global head of Organization Development at Quintiles and his family lives in Apex.
Mike Smith
Mike Smith has been married to Marti since 1995. They have two young daughters and started attending Hope in 2004. He was raised in a Christian home as the son of a pastor, and has seen church leadership up close most of his life. He has served at Hope as a small group leader and on the tech team. Marti has served on the medical team and currently serves in KidCity. Mike currently works for NetApp as a Support Account Manager in the U.S. Public Sector. The Smiths live in Cary.
Steve Superville
Steve and Amanda Superville have been married since 2005. They have three beautiful girls; Samantha, Abigail and Amelia. Steve and Amanda have been members of Hope since 2004 and are core members of the Holly Springs campus. Both Steve and Amanda have served on various First Impressions teams. With his passion for engaging people in exploring their faith, Steve currently serves as a small group leader and a Starting Point leader. Amanda currently serves in KidCity. Steve is employed by Epic Games as Lead Gameplay Programmer. He and his family live in Apex.
Carl Wilkins
Carl Wilkins has been married to Gale since 1977 and they have been members of Hope since 2008. They have two adult children, a daughter who is married and lives in Durham, and a son who is a senior at NC State. Both Carl and Gale prepare and serve communion monthly at Hope's main campus, and they also host a small group in their home. Carl, a licensed professional electrical engineer, works at Quanta Technology as an international engineering consultant.  Gale is the Executive Director for North Carolina's Council for Women. Carl and Gale have lived in North Raleigh since the mid-70's. They have dedicated themselves to volunteerism and public service, primarily working with families.


FAQs about our elders

How are elders chosen?
The process can begin by someone expressing interest in entering the elder process or the elders may invite some men into the process. Screening includes a training class, reading, personal interview with senior pastor, an application, and approval by the elders. The final step is a confirmation vote by the members. The entire process is handled slowly and with prayer.

What are the prerequisites for an elder candidate?
The qualifications are from 1 Timothy 3:1-12 and Titus 1:5-11.

How long is an elder appointed?
Elders are confirmed for life, but may step aside from serving actively if needed.

What are the elders' responsibilities?
The elder’s role is to ensure the church accomplishes its mission, protect the essential biblical doctrines (faith) and observe biblical standards (practice).

Why do we need elders?
Elder is the highest biblical office given to the church to exercise oversight and shepherding (1 Peter 5:1-2) of the local body. Elders lead and govern the local church by teaching biblical truth, modeling Christ-like behavior, maintaining doctrinal purity, disciplining members, overseeing finances and praying for the sick.