Rev. L. Todd Marlow

Lead Pastor/Teacher

Pastor Todd came to HOPE Community Church (formerly Westmoreland Baptist Church) April 2005 and has served as Lead Pastor/Teacher for these last (17+) sixteen years. He finished his undergraduate work at Wingate University and is actively pursuing post graduate work in therapeutic & clinical counseling.

Pastor Todd and his wife Lisa have been married for 34+ years and have three wonderful children, Kaitlyn 29, Kameron 26, Karigan 23 all now out of the home developing their families. Mrs. Lisa is a Registered Nurse at Caromont Regional Medical Center Gastonia, working with the critical care patients, and with the ICU patients.

Pastor has traveled extensively international (4-6) four to six mission trips annually, leading Pastor Conferences, in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, HOPE has developed a partnership with a mission in Mozambique, Africa where he has lead (4) four separate summer mission trips. He’s a Pastor’s Pastor, working both locally and internationally to help support, love, encourage, sharpen other Pastors.  Many displaced Pastors find home at HOPE during their re-assignment period and Pastor Todd helps to restore, find healing and discover that new ministry assignment.  Weekly, Pastors meet at HOPE Church to find friendship, fellowship and through Bible Study, ‘iron sharpens iron’.

Pastor also leads HOPE Counseling Services here on HOPE Hill, where many lives are being changed for the glory of God!

The things Pastor Todd loves most about HOPE Community Church is his opportunity to build relationships, sharing HOPE in times of crisis and leading people to faith in Christ! It is truly a place where “Christ in you, is the HOPE of glory!” Colossians 1:27b


Kyle Matheney

Worship Leader

Kyle Matheney moved to the Gaston County area in 2007 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 met his soulmate in college and was married in 2011 to his better half Stacey and they have 4 children Marcus, Jozi, Lucas, and Levi. Kyle has been with us for 8 years serving in different capacities and now serves part time as our worship leader. He is currently the K-12 Music teacher at Gaston Christian School. God called Kyle to the School in the fall of 2020 and we are so happy for him in his new venture and grateful that he is able to invest in the next generation of worship leaders through his teaching at the school. Kyle also loves Hope church very much and wants to see God do amazing things through the church. Kyle enjoys Sunday school and the Bible study that takes place each week. Being a part of a small group each week is vitally important to our spiritually development. This is a guy you’ll see on stage each week as he leads our worship. We are blessed to have him and his family on HOPE Hill!

Rev. 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. What a blessing Wayne is to HOPE Church!

Jeff Hopkins

Youth Pastor

Jeff and his wife Dawn have been at Hope Community Church since 2004, and presently Jeff serves as our Youth Pastor.  Jeff has been a member of the Leadership Team since 2006 and presently serves as the Team Leader. In 2021 Jeff graduated from Liberty University with his Masters of Divinity in Discipleship and Church Ministry. 


Jeff and Dawn have been married 24 years and have three children and four grandchildren. Jeff retired as a Captain with the Charlotte Fire Department in 2015. Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and enjoying God’s creation. Jeff enjoys teaching and seeing people grow as they mature in their relationship with Jesus. Jeff loves Hope Community Church, building relationships and just seeing the love our congregation has for others.