Mike Lee

Mike Lee

Lead/Teaching Pastor and Founder
Mike Lee is the founding and lead pastor of Hope Community Church and is well known for his dynamic, relevant and insightful Bible-based teaching. Mike received his seminary degree from Talbot School of Theology and has been a pastor for over 30 years. He is married to Laura Lee, executive director of Family Ministries. Their family includes two grown sons, Aaron and Adam and their wives Christy and Ashley. They are also proud grandparents.
Gary Vet

Gary Vet

Executive Director of Expansion and Leadership Development
Gary grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio where, in 1980, he surrendered his life to Christ. Just before heading to a university to pursue pre-law, he attended a leadership conference for teens at a Bible college where he felt drawn to serve Christ in a full-time capacity. Gary completed his Doctorate of Ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Gary and his wife, Martha, have two sons, Ryan and Tyler.
Laura Lee

Laura Lee

Executive Director of Family Ministries
Before her new position as Executive Director of Family Ministries, Laura directed the children's ministry at Hope. Her previous experience includes international logistics and production planning for a leading crop science company for six years and teaching K-8th grade music for nine years. Laura has been married to Mike Lee since 1978. Her passion for her family, God's Word and her experience has motivated her to implement the Family Ministry at Hope.
Palmer Schoch

Palmer Schoch

Executive Director of Ministry Services
Palmer was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and became a Christian in 1981. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has over 35 years of experience in manufacturing and finance, including 27 years with Nortel Networks and most recently with Urgent Cares of America before joining Hope in 2010. He has a passion for organizational efficiency, excellence and stewardship of God’s resources. He and his wife, Robyn, have been married since 1974 and are the proud parents of four children and nine grand-children.


AlAdamsElderAl Adams
Al and his wife, Laura, have been attending Hope since 2003 and have three sons. This will be Al’s second opportunity to serve as elder. He was originally affirmed in 2007 and served for five years.  He and Laura have led several small groups through the years and he’s held numerous volunteer positions. His past experience as an elder provides unique insight into the organizational goals and mission.  Professionally, Al leads a sales team across the United States for The Hershey Company.

JasonElderJason Collier
Jason and his wife Nannette have been attending Hope since 2008. He spent seven years with Mercy Ships, at one time serving as personal assistant to the founder/president of the land-based operations in Texas. Because of Hope’s vision to combine faith and practical applications, Jason believes that our current growth strategy is the perfect place to utilize his gifts of exhortation and generosity.

jeff-eakesJeff 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.

Kenton Gardinier
Having attended Hope for nearly 10 years, Kenton Gardinier has long been a champion for Hope’s mission and vision, and believes he’ll be well-suited to serve as an elder, particularly during our next phase of growth and transition. In addition to his experience as a leader and manager in the IT industry, where he led from his perspective as a Christian, he has been involved in numerous ministries at Hope including Live4Hope, First Impressions and Young Life.

mikeheadshot_eldersMike 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 Lead/Teaching Pastor and Founder of Hope Community Church. Mike and Laura live in Apex.

ScottNewnamElderScott Newnam
Scott 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.

Derek-Noether_200x200Derek 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.

Steve SupervilleSteve 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-wilkinsCarl 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.

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.