Donald is the Senior Pastor at Hope. He is married to May, and together they have served in a pastoral role at Hope for over 35 years. During this time, the church has grown from a small collection of rural families into a thriving, healthy church, fed by the Word of God and energised by the gospel. Donald has developed the leadership and staff team to its current size, and his godly, fatherly influence is felt throughout all the ministries of the church.
Donald is both a shepherd to God’s people, and a sheep farmer by previous occupation. He attended Assembly Bible School in Auckland during 1967-68. Donald is particularly passionate about the application of God’s Word, the unity of the church, and the flourishing of families and individuals as they are nurtured in the grace of God. Donald and May spend a good deal of time in pastoral care and visitation.
Donald and May have four grown children, and are proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.
Daryl Bay, along with his wife Julie, joined the staff team in 2007, and plays a key role in teaching, preaching and discipleship at Hope Church. Daryl is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary in Texas (Master of Theology, 2005) and of the University of Waikato (Bachelor of Business Management, 1999). Daryl’s dual passions – a love for God’s Word and a love for God’s people – fit well with the core values of Hope Church.
Daryl and Julie spent a year living in Quito, Ecuador, before being called to Hope. Daryl is a farm boy at heart, and loves hunting, rugby, and playing with his three sons. His greatest joy is to see people grow to know and love Christ, in response to the truth of the gospel.
Hudson is Elder emeritus at Hope as well as the Administrator, and has served in the financial/administration areas of the church for over fifteen years. Hudson is married to Colleen, and they have two grown children and five grandchildren.
Hudson previously ran his own business in construction before transitioning his energy full time into the church, and has provided financial leadership including oversight of the recent building developments. An avid reader, biblical student, and wordsmith, Hudson’s input in leading small groups, providing counsel, and general support is invaluable.
Antoinette joined the staff in her part time role in 2005 and has developed a thriving women’s ministry that encourages the growth and connection of all of the women who call Hope home. Antoinette is known for her empathy, her ability to bring truth to light in difficult situations, and for her genuine ability to include others in what God is doing.
Our women’s ministry is now a flourishing set of opportunities for women to learn God’s Word, to share God’s grace, and to support one another through life. Don’t hesitate to contact Antoinette with any questions about how to get involved.
Antoinette and her husband Grant have three sons.