Antoinette irvine

Antoinette serves in a dual role at Hope: Women’s Pastor and Worship Director.  Since joining the staff in 2005, Antoinette has become known for her wisdom, her compassion, and her ability to bring God’s truth to the situations of life.

If you want to be part of the worship team or women’s ministries, grab a coffee with Antoinette.  She is highly valued amongst the staff team and wider church.  Antoinette is married to Grant, and they have three grown sons, and two daughters in law.



daryl Bay

Daryl joined the staff team in 2007 as our Teaching Pastor, and plays a key role in strategic leadership, preaching and discipleship.  Daryl’s wife Julie is also very involved in church life, and together they share a deep love for God’s Word and God’s people. 

You’ll often hear Daryl bringing the Word in our Sunday services, with a passion for God’s grace and the freedom it offers.  And don’t get Daryl talking about diving/fishing/hunting – you might not get away.  Daryl and Julie have three sons, Will, Jack and Hunter.



DAvid HArris

David serves as our CAP Debt Centre Manager, based at Hope Church.  David has a huge heart for our wider community, and particularly for those struggling with financial and economic challenges.  With a former life in Agricultural Banking, its hard to find someone better for financial and practical wisdom. 

One of David’s favorite verses is 1 John 4:20: How can we say we love God who we have not seen, if we do not love our brother who we have seen?  David is married to Ange, and they have three grown daughters. 


Donald Irvine

Donald is our much-loved Senior Pastor.  Together with his wife May, Donald has served as Pastor at Hope for nearly forty years.  Donald’s joyful, gracious, warm spirit is felt through the entire church, and we are blessed to have him leading our staff team and church family. 

Donald and May spend a good deal of time in pastoral care and visitation.  They have four grown children and are proud grandparents of nine grandies.


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Greig Caigou

Greig serves part-time as Outreach Pastor, having been involved with the staff team since 2015.  He is a man of God with a passion to see people meet Jesus Christ personally.  Greig and his wife Marijke have several years experience working in global mission, both at home and abroad.

Greig is a keen hunter, a published author, and is known internationally as the ‘Hunter Philosopher’.  If you can’t find him, he’s probably in the backblocks of the great NZ outdoors.  Greig and Marijke have three married children and five grandchildren.



Mark Fryer

Mark became our Connections Pastor in 2017, bringing with him a decade of experience pastoring a church in the rural Waikato.  Mark oversees small groups, the staff team, and is involved in many of the ministries that help to connect people at Hope Church. 

Mark has a wonderful way of helping people connect - to God, to each other, and to all the things going on at Hope Church.  If you are new, you’ll want to have a chat to him.  Mark is married to Kristen, who he met while studying in the USA, and they have three children, Micah, Naomi and Ezra.


Melvyn Nicholls

Melvyn is the Operations Manager at Hope Church and is often the first face you’ll see if you pop into the church during the week.  Melvyn is a great asset to our team, along with his wife Sally. He oversees everything to do with the building and finances.  Melvyn and Sally have two adult children and five grandchildren.


Olivia Gapes

Olivia stepped temporarily into the role of KidsChurch Leader in mid 2017 and we are doing all we can to get her to stay!  Olivia helps us live out our value of intergenerational faith, and works hard to disciple the children of HCC in biblical truth and a personal knowledge of God.  Olivia’s husband Andrew is an Elder and they have three children, Eli, Keziah and Bella.


Steven Polglase

Steven joined the staff in 2018 in a part time role that focuses on children and intermediates, both within the church and local community.

Steven is local lad who left the region for a few years and returned with a degree in Education, a wife (Ruth)…and now has a beautiful daughter (Lydia)!  As you’ll quickly find out, Steven is ridiculously good at connecting with children, a master at communicating God’s truth creatively, and loves helping all ages grow in their knowledge of God’s amazing love.

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Xaylan Waters

Xaylan has the coolest name of anyone on the staff team and we are stoked to have him as an Intern in the Youth Ministry for 2018!  Xaylan is a student at Bishopdale Theological College, is a history buff, and loves helping young people know Jesus and get excited about the Scriptures.  Xaylan is serving amongst the Teenage and Intermediate ministries.