about hope

our hope

Hope Community Church was born in 2000 with 4 dreams –
to be a place of continuous prayer and worship for the city, to be a church that children love, to be a family for people on the margins of society and to be at the heart of the community. These dreams continue to shape everything we do 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).


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our team

Chris Bond

Pastor // Elder

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

Peter Westbury


Peter chairs our Elder team, bringing rich church experience with an enthusiasm for what God is doing amongst us now.

Esther Lambert


Esther’s been part of Hope Community Church from the start. She is a keen cook, gardener and loves her work alongside the homeless and vulnerable

Andrew Stansbury

Associate Pastor // Elder

Andrew supports Chris and Alice leading Hope. He enjoys having fun and making people laugh!

Charlie Carron

Youth Pastor

Charlie is Hope’s youth pastor. He’s a keen rugby player and also enjoys trying new places to eat in Bristol.

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.

Rebekah Stansbury

Associate Pastor // Elder

Rebekah supports Chris and Alice leading Hope. She loves being creative and believes that everyone has a story to share!

Hannah Lehmann


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

Claire Collins

Finance Administrator

Claire is our finance administrator, she has a head for figures, is very organised and an amazing cook!

Rosh John


Rosh is a man of the word and serves the Hope community in multiple ways. We’re also incredibly grateful to have him as our Treasurer.

Aaron Mathias


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

Joy D’souza


Joy brings colour and prayerfulness to Hope. She is also particularly loved by the Little Gems children she leads on Sundays.

Helen Westbury


Helen’s a great carer, serving the Hope family breakfast on Sundays, and working in schools, and before that as a nurse, throughout the week.