kyleKyle Matheney

Worship & Children’s Pastor

Kyle Matheney was born in Ohio and moved to Alabama when he was 6 years old. When he completed high school at Faith Academy in Mobile, Alabama his family moved to the Gaston County area and Kyle chose to attend Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Church Music with a Vocal Emphasis and a Secondary Instrument in Piano.   Kyle was married right after he graduated college in 2011 to his better half Stacey and they have 4 children a son, Marcus, who was born in February of 2013, a Daughter, Jozi, who was born in June of 2014, another son, Lucas, who was born in November of 2016, and their newest addition, Levi, born in August of 2018.  This is a guy you’ll see on stage in our Contemporary Service as he leads our worship (AWESOME!) and leads Sunday mornings/Wednesday nights with HOPE Kids.  You’ll want to meet him – we are blessed to have him and his family on HOPE Hill!


wayneRev. Wayne Johnston

Senior Adults & Educational Pastor

Wayne, married to Sissy, have four sons and many grandchildren, has served in Church work for over 60 years, both in music and education.  Since 2005, he has served HOPE Church in various ministries, namely being the Pastor’s right hand man.  His wisdom, love for the people, sense of God’s direction is keen, even at age 79!  He works as hard, or harder than any person on our staff and we are blessed to have both him and Sissy as HOPE’rs – to let you in on an agreement he has with our Pastor, “He has to work at HOPE til he’s 142 year old…”.  Wayne is a valuable resource for HOPE Church with our Senior Adults (chronologically advanced HOPE’rs) and with our Small Group Ministries – as he writes all our curriculum.  Additionally, he leads our worship in our Traditional Service at 8:30am.  What a blessing Wayne is to HOPE Church!




Jeff Hopkins

Youth Pastor

Jeff, married to Dawn with three children and two grandchildren, is a retired Charlotte Fire Department Captain attending Liberty University Seminary working on his Master of Divinity.  Since 2004, Jeff and his family have attended HOPE Church, and he has served on the Leadership Team since 2006, currently our TEAM Leader, the Pastor’s right hand man.  A graduate of Liberty University, Jeff at 50 years old, believes God is calling him to advance his learning and be equipped to serve in any capacity the Lord directs.  Our ‘Youth for Christ’ Ministry (7th-12th grades) has exploded under his leadership, his discipleship and his contagious personality.  Jeff is a valuable resource for HOPE Church with our Youth and our Leadership Team.  Make sure you meet him on your visit to HOPE Hill.