Rev. L. Todd Marlow
Pastor Todd came to HOPE Community Church (formerly Westmoreland Baptist Church) April 2005 and has served as Lead Pastor/Teacher for these last (18+) eighteen years.
Pastor Todd and his wife Lisa have been married for 35+ years and have three wonderful children, Kaitlyn 30, Kameron 28, Karigan 25, all now out of the home developing their families. They also have two grandsons (Hudson and Riley) wo are the apple of PawPaw’s & G’Ma’s eyes!
Mrs. Lisa is a Registered Nurse at Caromont Regional Medical Center Gastonia, working with the critical care patients, and with the ICU patients. Shen enjoys working outside with her flowers during her off time, taking plants that are on their last leg, and bring them to new life!
Pastor has traveled extensively international (4-6) four to six mission trips annually, leading Pastor Conferences, in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, and Africa. Additionally, HOPE has developed a partnership with a mission in Mozambique & Uganda, Africa where he has lead (5) five 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! In addition to Pastoring, Counseling, Pastor Todd is a NC Realtor, serving with Moss Realty, Gastonia, thoroughly enjoying helping families buy and sell their homes.
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
Hello, I am Randy Hart and I have been blessed with the incredible privilege of serving as Worship Director here at Hope Church of Metrolina. My journey in this role has been filled with awe, gratitude and a deep sense of purpose. Growing up in Kannapolis Nc I was taught to play guitar at a young age by my grandfather. Later in my teenage years I had the privilege of playing guitar in a youth band and eventually leading worship in church services and in a Christian band. I have a desire to simply to lead others in the worship of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Being able to see others worship and develop a relationship with the living God is one of my greatest joys. I am also privileged to mentor and teach young people how to lead worship and understand what worship really is with the goal that they will become worship leaders in the future. Worship is not about us. All our focus in worship should be on the one true living God. I have had the privilege of witnessing countless moments of transformation during worship where people find healing and a deeper connection in their relationship with our heavenly father. It is a humbling experience and I often find myself in awe of the beauty of those moments. I’m constantly learning and seeking to grow in my relationship with God and striving to be a better servant.
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and I’m looking forward to seeing what God has planed for Hope Church. He is forever my God, Father, Savior Lord and King.
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!