about hope

our hope

Hope Community Church was born in 2000 with 4 dreams – to be a place of continuous prayer and worship, to be a church that children love, to be a place of hope for people on the margins, to be a thriving community. These dreams shape our focus today.

The church is the people but we also call Hope Chapel our home. Hope is a member of the Congregational Federation and works closely with other churches across Bristol, the UK and internationally. Hope is a UK registered charity (number 1134290).

our team

Silas Crawley

Prayer Pastor // Elder

Silas and Annie lead the prayer centre for the city and prayer within Hope. He leads by example and loves with passion and humour.

Claire Collins

Finance Administrator

Claire is our finance administrator, she has a head for figures, is very organised and quick to laugh!

Helen Lee


Helen is involved in various forms of cross-cultural community engagement in Bristol and internationally. She has a heart for prayer and unity.

Aaron Mathias


Aaron is our caretaker, looking after the building and grounds. He also cooks for our Hope On Wednesday meals.

Ra Gibson


Ra & Paul are passionate about Living Free having seen the impact of it in their own lives. People, plants and animals thrive under Ra's care.

Jonathan Lee

Elder // Chair

Jonathan oversees our Elders governance. He is the CEO of Crisis Centre Ministries in Bristol.

Chris Bond

Pastor // Elder

Chris leads Hope with Alice. He draws the best out of people and is a great encourager.

Annie Crawley

Prayer Pastor // Elder

Annie and Silas founded hope in 2000. Annie has five children, but is a mother to many. She is hungry to know the Lord's heart for the community

Vicky Stansfield


Vicky & Stan are part of the Prayer Centre team. Vicky is also a GP connecting in her surgery with many of Bristol's students.

Alice Bond

Pastor // Elder

Alice leads Hope with Chris. She also runs Little Stars for mums and toddlers and loves being part of the Hotwells community.

Hannah Lehmann


Hannah oversees the organisational aspects of the church community and chapel building. She basically knows everything!

Paul Gibson

Elder // Treasurer

Paul & Ra are passionate about Living Free having seen the impact of it in their own lives. We're very grateful to have Paul as our treasurer.

Stan Stansfield


Stan & Vicky are part of the Prayer Centre team. Stan is also very happy under the bonnet of a car or on the race track.