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Staff

Senior Pastor

Sr. Pastor Harold Bullock

Harold Bullock – Senior Pastor

Harold Bullock is the founder and Senior Pastor of Hope Church. Pastor Harold and wife Deborah started Hope in 1978. They have been married since 1972 and have three adult children. Harold now leads Hope’s congregation of 800+ to move forward in its mission.

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Program Staff

Exec. Pastor Matt Surdevant

Matt Sturdevant – Executive Pastor

Matt and his wife Jessica have been married since 2002. They moved from Southern California to Fort Worth in 2002 to be part of Hope. Matt joined the staff in 2006 and serves as Hope’s Executive Pastor. He is responsible for supervision and oversight of the staff, development of church systems, strategic planning and marketing & outreach coordination. Matt and Jessica have one daughter.

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Getting to know Matt:

What did you do before joining Hope’s staff?

My undergraduate degree is in Business Marketing. I worked in business for about 4 years. Two years in sales and sales management and then about two years entrepreneuring in a business marketing firm. I’ve also done marketing consulting.

What’s a favorite pastime?

Camping. Growing up our main form of family vacation was camping in our motor home. I have so many great memories of being with my family and sitting around a campfire together.

Something you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Spending time with my wife, Jessica…reading, hiking, watching movies or discovering new adventures together.

What’s your favorite family activity?

Road trips. We especially enjoy exploring new places around the country.

Why did you originally join Hope Church?

While I was in college in Southern California, I attended and served in leadership in a 17:6 Network church plant. During that time my perspective on life, God’s purpose for us and how to live in community was greatly impacted. The church in California was a relatively new church plant and upon graduating from college, I sensed that God was leading us to move to Fort Worth to be part of Hope for a new, deeper phase of training. At that time, being in our early 20s, my wife and I wanted to learn more about values-shaping ministry and we wanted to learn about how to effectively build a godly foundation for our new marriage. We moved to Hope in January 2002 and quickly began serving, learning, growing and building great friendships.

Jerry Roberts – Associate Pastor, Facilities & Administration

Jerry has have lived in Fort Worth for the better part of his life. Jerry has 3 adult children and now is the happy grandfather of 6 grandchildren. Jerry joined the membership and staff of Hope Church in 1998 and serves as an Associate Pastor. He is the manager of the Hope office, responsible for Hope’s building administration, and grounds maintenance.

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Getting to know Jerry:

What did you do before joining Hope’s staff?

I owned and operated a service business for thirty years. After selling the service business, I was a business consultant for ten years working with various businesses, universities, researchers and marketing firms. I am a 7th generation Texan.

What’s a favorite pastime?

Travel to different areas of Texas researching our family genealogy. My wife, Carol, and I have made many great memories traveling to places throughout Texas and learning more about our family histories.

Something you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Reading biographies of U.S. Presidents, Christian leaders and various other leaders.

What’s your favorite family activity?

Getting all of our family together for a meal and talking around the table afterwards.

Why did you originally join Hope Church?

My wife Carol and I met Harold and Deborah Bullock in 1974 when they joined the sponsoring church for Hope Church where we were members.  We continued our friendship over the years.  God used Harold and Deborah to help us grow spiritually.  When we sold our service business in 1986, we began attending Hope Church sensing God had a new direction for our lives.  Out of obedience to God and Hope’s mission, methods, and values God has brought significant change and substantial spiritual growth to our lives.

Brian Cropp – Associate Pastor, Worship Arts and Communications

Brian joined the Hope Church staff in February of 2006. As Associate Pastor over Worship, Arts, Events and Communications Brian is responsible for developing and producing our weekly worship services as well as the Arts and Communications Ministries. He and his wife Glenda have been married since 2001 and have 2 daughters and 2 sons.

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Getting to know Brian:

What did you do before joining Hope’s staff?

After wrapping up a Bachelors degree in Theater and a Masters degree in Communications, I’ve held multiple positions working as a copywriter and a writer and director for a traveling sketch comedy group. I have also worked in hotel construction and as an oil and gas landman.

What’s a favorite pastime?

I like writing stories and hanging out with my family.

Something you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Writing stories, watching movies, and spending time with my family.

What’s your favorite family activity?

Hanging out. The activity almost doesn’t matter so much. Just getting the chance to talk, laugh, and make a few memories is what is really important to me.

Why did you originally join Hope Church?

My soon-to-be wife and I were in a class that was talking about churches that were thriving in big cities and as a part of that we took a tour of Hope’s building and heard from Pastor Harold some of the mission and vision for Hope’s ministry. We were struck by how intentional everything was – the inside architecture, the placement of the building, the vision for who they wanted to reach. As we learned more, we were impressed with Hope’s desire to reach the community of Fort Worth through artistic means. We had been praying we would find a church that wanted to utilize the Arts to reach out to people in the community, the country, and the world. After learning all of that about Hope, we got here as soon as we could!

Todd Dunham – Associate Pastor, Student Ministries

Todd and his wife Denise have been married since 1989. They and their four boys have been a part of Hope since 2007 when they moved from Colorado. Todd joined Hope staff in 2008 as Associate Pastor of Student Ministries. Todd is responsible for the junior high, high school and college ministries.

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Getting to know Todd:

What did you do before joining Hope’s staff?

I was a Student Pastor for nearly 10 years before coming on staff here at Hope. I also was a teacher and coach for nearly 20 years as well.

What’s a favorite pastime?

Quality time with family and friends… when I carve out the time, I love fishing, hunting, camping…anything outdoors!

What’s your Favorite family activity?

Board games or card games with family and/or friends

What’s your favorite snack or candy?

Butterfinger

Why did you originally join Hope Church?

After doing ministry for nearly ten years and seeing God do amazing things during that time, I still knew I had much more to learn. I attended one of Pastor Harold’s conferences in 2006 and the rest is history. We moved our family to Texas to serve, learn, grow and bless others.

What did you do before joining Hope’s staff?

After teaching school and working in ministry for about a decade in Colorado, we left to join in with the work He was doing at Hope. We sold everything, joined Hope and have been blessed tremendously in so many ways for making those decisions.

Ben McSpadden – Associate Pastor, Groups & Missions

Ben and his wife Nan have been married since 2002 and they have 7 children. After moving to Fort Worth in 2004 to begin work in graduate studies, Ben and Nan joined Hope Church. And in 2008 Ben joined the staff.  Ben oversees Groups, Missions experiences, and NorthStar training.

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Getting to know Ben:

What did you do before joining Hope’s staff?

My undergrad and graduate degrees focused on Bible and Culture. After college, I held a variety of jobs including security, food service, and assisting with international church planting. During graduate school, I held jobs in media services as well as the social work industry working with homeless veterans and resettling international refugees.

What’s a favorite pastime?

Spending time outdoors with my wife and kids. In particular, we really enjoy taking advantage of all the state parks in Texas.

Something you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Reading

What’s your favorite family activity?

Camping in the mountains and sharing a big breakfast together (bacon, pancakes, biscuits, gravy—the works).

Why did you originally join Hope Church?

My wife and I first heard about Hope from people we had interacted with in previous ministry settings in Oklahoma and Kansas. We were impressed with seeing the quality of leaders who had been trained at Hope, so we wanted to check it out for ourselves. As we began to attend, we were able to build friendships with a group of people and team together to accomplish some really great things. Hope’s focus and approach to helping people grow in their walk with Christ no matter where they are at in life was something we were glad to be a part of. In our time at Hope, we have learned how to apply what the Bible says to everyday situations and relationships, and that has really made life enjoyable.

Stephen Daniel – Associate Pastor, First Impressions & Connections

Stephen and his wife Hannah have been married since June of 2010. They were both born and raised in DFW and joined Hope in December of 2010. Since joining Hope in 2010, Stephen and Hannah have had two sons and one daughter. Stephen joined Hope Staff in April of 2017 as an Associate Pastor. He is responsible for helping people connect at Hope Church with Next Step Classes, First Impressions and Connections Ministry Teams, and Horizon training.

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Getting to know Stephen:

What did you do before joining Hope’s staff?

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Texas at Arlington. For 6 years I worked at a Fort Worth-based marketing firm in Sales, Human Resources (HR), and Call Center Management. I then spent almost two years working in HR for a global Corporation that had a branch in North Fort Worth. My wife and I also participated in the Antioch Project, a 5-year ministry training program; which we graduated from in May of 2016.

What’s a favorite pastime?

Eating out at just about any restaurant – I thoroughly enjoy food.

Something you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Watching movies with my wife and eating ice cream!

What’s your favorite family activity?

Riding bikes around the neighborhood with the kids.

Why did you originally join Hope Church?

Prior to being at Hope, I spent a lot of time with people who were from Hope and I wanted to learn to walk with God in the same way they did. I also wanted to be a part of the unique ministry training program that Hope had developed.

Rhonda Gayle – Director Children’s Ministries & Women’s Events

Rhonda has been married to her husband Kyle since 1994. They have five adult children and one grandchild. After volunteering in Hope’s elementary kids’ programs for a number of years, Rhonda was hired in May, 2006 to direct programming in the areas of Children’s and Women’s Ministries. Today, Rhonda oversees all aspects of the Hope Kids’ Ministry (0–5th grade), and directs Women’s programming.

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Getting to know Rhonda:

What did you do before joining Hope’s staff?

Before I took the staff position at Hope, I had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom for about ten years. Prior to that, I worked as an assistant band director in the Eagle-Mountain/Saginaw school district and as an assistant resident camp director (in the summers) with Camp Fire USA.

What’s a favorite pastime?

Traveling to new places/seeing new things…especially with my family!

Something you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Reading.

What’s your Favorite family activity?

Family vacations.

Why did you originally join Hope Church?

I was invited to attend Hope by a friend in 1990. I was immediately struck by the genuineness of the people in the church and was intrigued by its (seemingly) unique ministry philosophy. As I began to participate in church life, the everyday practicality of walking with Christ (as exampled by members of Hope) just made sense to me. As I was challenged to take my faith seriously, the message of the scriptures became more than just something that was true. It became real to me and my life…right now. I knew that this was a church in which I could truly grow in my understanding and knowledge of how to follow Christ wholeheartedly, and I wanted to be a part of that!


Office and Support Staff

David Ludwig – Minister of Administration

David and his wife Martheine met at Hope Church and were married in 1998. They now have 4 children. David and Martheine have been members of Hope since 1996. David joined the staff in 2001 and serves as Hope’s Assistant Office Manager. He is responsible for assisting staff with special projects, day-to-day operations, managing databases, and distribution of communications pieces.

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Getting to know David:

What did you do before joining Hope’s staff?

My undergraduate degree is in Business Administration from Penn State University. During and after college I worked in business near Penn State and I helped with the campus student ministry. I also spent 2 years in Central Asia helping university students learn English and doing humanitarian aid. When I moved to Fort Worth in 1996, I worked in shipping and then earned my Master’s degree from Southwestern Seminary in 2001.

What’s a favorite pastime?

Spending time with my wife and kids, and eating out with them.

Something you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Football, golf, woodworking, and economics

What’s your favorite family activity?

Camping.

What’s your favorite snack or candy?

Nachos, Krackel candy bar

Why did you originally join Hope Church?

I had a mentor in college who had been a member of Hope. After watching his life and the kind of man he was and after meeting several men from Hope, I saw that Hope was a place where I could plug in and really make my life count. I wanted my life to make a difference, so, I moved to Fort Worth and joined Hope Church in 1996.

Teresa Myers – Accountant

Teresa has been a part of Hope for several years. She joined staff in 2014 as serves as Hope’s Accountant. Her main task is overseeing the financial record-keeping of the church.  Teresa and her husband Rick have two married children, one son in college, and one daughter at home.

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Getting to know Teresa:

What did you do before joining Hope’s staff?

After college, I joined a large CPA firm. Later, I worked as an accountant for a private non-profit organization until we had children. I was a stay-at-home mom for many years before joining the Hope Staff.

What’s a favorite pastime?

Trying out new restaurants and trying out new recipes.

Something you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Reading, shopping and movies with friends.

Why did you originally join Hope Church?

I had recently graduated college and my college pastor encouraged me to find a church before deciding on a job. He recommended Hope Church because he thought I would find people of like heart to encourage me in my faith. He was right! Little did I know at the time that I would be moving twelve hundred miles away from my home town in Wyoming to come here, but my life in Fort Worth, and especially at Hope, has been a real blessing to my family and me.

Leta Cruse – Assistant to Rhonda Gayle

Leta has been married to her husband Greg since 1991. They have two adult children and a daughter in high school. After volunteering in the kids’ ministry for a number of years and leading groups, Leta joined the staff in 2017 and serves as a part-time assistant to Rhonda Gayle.

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Getting to know Leta:

What did you do before joining Hope’s staff?

I have my bachelors degree in music and religion. After college, I did some volunteer mission work in the US and Thailand, worked as a Residence Hall Director at a local college, met and married my husband, and taught first grade. For many years before joining Hope staff, I had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom.

What’s a favorite pastime?

Cooking and preparing meals to share with family and friends.

Something you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy going to lunch with a friend, out to dinner with my husband, or chilling with the whole family!

What’s your Favorite family activity?

We all enjoy music so whether it’s playing and singing music together, watching funny music videos, worshiping, or listening to my kids jam, music is one of my favorite family activities.

What’s your favorite snack or candy?

Guacamole or chocolate

Why did you originally join Hope Church?

I was invited to attend Hope by a friend in 1989. From the first time I visited, I noticed a difference in the lives of the people at Hope. They exhibited a genuine love for one another, desire to serve others, and sincere interest in including new people. As I began to be more involved in church life in the kids’ ministry, I saw loving kindness and wisdom in the way parents related to their children and respect returned from the children. As I have gotten around more people at Hope and have participated in the ministry here, I have continued to see members live out their faith in a way that honors God, helps others, and moves the ministry forward. I am so grateful for Hope Church and the difference it has made in my life and the life of my family!

Elise Plaskonos – Arts, Worship & Events Assistant

Elise grew up at Hope and has served in a variety of areas. She joined the staff in 2013, and serves as Assistant to the Associate Pastor of Arts, Worship, Events, & Communications, Brian Cropp. She is currently in the Antioch Project training program, studying at Northwestern Baptist Seminary and should graduate with her MDiv by May of 2019.

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Getting to know Elise:

What did you do before joining Hope’s staff?

I graduated from Texas Wesleyan in 2012, studying music and Theater. After Graduating, I spent a year in Asia studying the language and the culture.

What’s a favorite pastime?

First off I love being with people, so if people can be a pastime, its people. But really I love riding bikes, and doing just about anything that involves creating something! Painting, sewing, drawing, crafting, woodwork… the list goes on.

Something you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love being creative. If it involves creating something new, or exploring something new, I am so down! I also really love doing work on friend’s wedding dresses and weddings. I love getting to see them on the happiest day of their lives and celebrate with them and bless them by helping to make it go smoothly.

What’s your Favorite family activity?

Watching and discussing movies!

What’s your favorite snack or candy?

Chips and guacamole, and dark chocolate ANYTHING

Why did you originally join Hope Church?

I grew up under Hope’s wings. My parents met here and decided to have a family. I was greatly impacted by the kids and student ministries. This impact lead me to start going on missions trips around the world. After years of attending Hope and seeing it’s care towards growing people, I decided that I wanted to become a member. I have continued to go on trips for various lengths of time, and for various reasons, but I have continually been pulled back here by a desire to grow. Pastor Harold talks a lot about how your twenties is for training, and I want to be at a place that will train me well. Since that decision my faith in God has been stretched in ways I could never have imagined as I continued to step out in faith where I am.

Amy Hartwell – Administrative Assistant

Amy has been a part of Hope since childhood and has participated in different areas of ministry throughout that time. She joined the staff in 2014 and serves as Assistant to the Associate Pastor of Facilities and Administration, Jerry Roberts.

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Getting to know Amy:

What did you do before joining Hope’s staff?

I have a bachelor’s of science in English from Dallas Baptist University. During college, I taught ballet and worked for a private investigator until being offered a job on campus in the College of Christian Faith. After graduation, I taught second grade and junior high English for several years before joining the Hope staff full-time.

What’s a favorite pastime?

Baking—cookies and pies in particular. I especially love it during fall and winter when pumpkin is considered an acceptable baking ingredient!

Something you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love to read, write, spend time with family and friends, run to Christmas music…and drink diet cherry Dr Pepper.

What’s your Favorite family activity?

Traveling and playing games are some of my favorite family activities.

What’s your favorite snack or candy?

Chocolate with toffee and almonds, Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper (if that counts as a snack….)

Why did you originally join Hope Church?

I grew up at Hope Church and continued to be involved during college. After finishing college, I decided to stay—not just because my family and close friends were here but for the continued growth and training opportunities Hope provided.

Steven Judd – Building Maintenance

Steve was born and raised in Fort Worth and lived here most of his life. He graduated from UTA with a degree in Business Management and has an Associates degree in Psychology. He started attending Hope in 2014 and joined Hope in March of 2016. Steve is responsible for care and maintenance of the Hope Church’s facility.

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Getting to know Steven:

What did you do before joining Hope’s staff?

I worked in manufacturing production of electronics, telecommunications and medical products as a consultant using ISO certification.

What’s a favorite pastime?

Watching black and white movies and listening to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra records.

Something you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Storytelling and reading about Historical fiction and Presidents.

What’s your favorite snack or candy?

Coca Cola and Butterfinger

Why did you originally join Hope Church?

I have always had a strong faith in God, but came from a different faith background. I began looking beyond my own understanding of who God is when I met a young man who invited me to Hope. The young man had a broader understanding of God than I had and he had an inner peace that I was looking for. After attending Hope I began to connect with others that had a strong faith and open hearts.