Leadership and Staff

Thomas Leake
Senior Pastor-Teacher
(Full-time Staff)

Pastor Tom Leake entered into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ through the ministry of Inter-Varsity while in college, where he met his wife and lifelong friend, Susan. After graduating, Tom taught in Christian schools for 10 years, served in his local church in a number of capacities, and earned a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Capital Bible Seminary. Later, he and his family moved to Southern California while he attended The Master’s Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1997. While in seminary, the Lord impressed on Tom the need for planting strong Bible-preaching churches—particularly in Maryland—so he returned there in the summer of 1997 to help establish Hope Bible Church along with a core group of believers. Tom testifies that he has truly seen the Lord work in planting Hope Bible Church, growing its leadership, deepening the walk of God’s people, and even extending the church’s influence in the region. By God’s grace, Hope Bible Church was used of God to plant Baltimore Bible Church in the summer of 2013.

Currently, Tom’s primary ministries are expository preaching, teaching, discipleship, guiding ministry development, and supervising the planning and development of Sunday worship services and celebration of the Lord’s Supper. He also focuses on developing leaders and helping all the members of the congregation to become mature co-laborers in Christ. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for Grace Advance Mid-Atlantic, a fellowship of like-minded churches in the Mid-Atlantic region. It is Pastor Tom’s passion to see God work through Word-Driven, Dynamic-Body churches, where doctrine is placed into the life of the local church, and the Holy Spirit works fruit through Christ’s body to the glory of God. Tom is always amazed that the Lord can transform sinners such as himself, to bring glory to His matchless name!

Tom and Susan have four blessed children: Hannah, Grace, Faith, and Josiah.

Dr. Alan Plumley
Family Discipleship, Finances

Dr. Plumley grew up in Delaware, and became a Christian while a sophomore in high school. For five years in college he grew and ministered as a student leader of the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry on campus. After graduating, he and Carol got married and joined the staff of Campus Crusade, volunteering to minister overseas by using their engineering and teaching skills (respectively) to help meet people's physical needs while working with a team of others through local churches to help meet people's spiritual needs. They ministered for five years in Southern Africa, focusing on evangelism, teaching, and training. While there, God gave Alan a growing burden to have a Biblical impact on the Family, the Church, and the State. Recognizing his need to be better trained in government, they returned to the U.S., where Alan eventually earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University. While working on his dissertation, Alan came to Maryland to work for the IRS Research Division in D.C.—learning taxes from the inside. He continues to work there as an economist. Alan and Carol were also members of Forcey Memorial Church for twelve years, where they worked with the Leakes in parenting and homeschool ministries, and where he taught the membership class. Dr. Plumley was ordained an elder at the first worship service held by what is now Hope Bible Church. His primary ministry at Hope is teaching. The Plumleys have four children: Chris, Trevor, Jan, and Sarah.

Dr. Tony Gatdula
Medical Missions and Overseas Evangelism

Dr. Gatdula grew up in a Christian home in the Philippines, but wasn’t saved until after 10 years of marriage and serving as a surgeon in Maryland.  He has since completed the Master of Divinity degree from Capitol Bible Seminary, and served as an interim pastor and then senior pastor of Faith International Bible Church in Baltimore.  He has also pioneered a medical missions ministry in the Philippines, taking a number of workers from the U.S. each year for several weeks of medical and evangelistic outreach, as well as biblical training for local churches.  Tony and his wife Cris have four grown sons:  Burt, Russell, Scott, and Steve.
Rod Montgomery

Pastor Rod Montgomery and his wife Deborah both graduated from Washington Bible College in Lanham, MD with a view to pursue full time Missions.  They came to Hope Bible Church in 2006 and have since been serving on the Missions Committee.  Rod is now serving as the Elder of Missions. He graduated with his Master’s degree in Old Testament Studies from Capital Bible Seminary in 2013 and was ordained as an Elder on Sunday, October 13, 2013. Rod and Deborah attend Hope with their three children Hannah, Neriah and Rebekah.
Dr. Scott Barao
Marriage Discipleship

Dr. Barao was led to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through an accountability relationship with a dear man who poured his life in Scott while both speaking and demonstrating the truth of the Gospel almost 20 years ago. Scott was a professor on the faculty of the University of Maryland in College Park for 20 years before retiring to run a private, non-profit, agricultural education and research foundation. Scott, along with his best friend and wife Teresa, lives on a farm in Woodbine with their two daughters, Hailey and Blair, a herd of cattle and a flock of sheep. They have been married and growing and ministering together in the Lord for 21 wonderful years.

The Lord impressed a burden for God-honoring marriage and family onto Scott’s heart while he and Teresa were serving in a children’s ministry at a previous church. Scott was deeply saddened and burdened by the devastation he observed in families and especially the children, as a result of sin that manifested itself in marital dysfunction, disharmony and divorce. Since that time the Lord has opened many doors for Scott and Teresa to minister and mentor in the area of marriage to the praise and glory of God, through teaching and counseling both married couples and pre-marrieds. Dr. Barao’s passion for marriage as God designed it, and his love of teaching the Word of God, continue to be the driving forces behind his ministry work at Hope Bible Church. Scott was recognized and appointed as a Pastor/Elder at HBC in June 2014.


Doug Baldridge
Worship Ministry

Doug Baldridge was saved as a child in elementary school. He was married in college and also baptized as a believer while he was in college. He first attended what is now Hope Bible Church in summer of 1999. He and his wife Diane joined the church shortly afterwards. They started serving in the coffee table and then Doug went on to teach children’s Sunday School to the Young Disciples. Doug joined leadership training in 2002. Doug started leading the praise songs in 2003. Soon afterwards Doug began leading the choir at Hope Bible Church. Doug began leading a small group in 2004. Doug is an Elder Candidate and in 2009 he became a deacon at Hope Bible Church. Doug has three sons Austin, Alexander and Addison.
Brandon Conroy
Worship Ministry
Brandon was born and raised in Maryland, and became a believer at a very young age, having been raised in a Christian home. Music has been prominent in Brandon's life from a very early age - he took piano lessons from the age of three all the way through high school, and he was an active participant in several high school musicals as well as the music ministry at his family's church. Brandon became familiar with Hope Bible Church through the Youth Bible Study beginning around 2000, where he met his wife Emilee. He became a member of Hope Bible Church around 2003, and quickly got involved in the music ministry, leading hymns and playing keyboard accompaniment for praise choruses. Shortly after the formation of the HBC Choir, Brandon stepped forward to serve as the choir director. Brandon and Emilee were married in November 2005, had their first child Liam Nathaniel in November 2009, and their second child Liana in August 2012. Today, Brandon oversees the special music ministry, including the two choirs, vocal ensembles, and soloists, and he also coordinates schedules for singer/accompanist rotations, while continuing to serve as an accompanist on piano and worship leader. Brandon received his bachelor of science degree in Mathematics from the University of Maryland College Park in 2000, and he currently works as a competitive intelligence analyst at Northrop Grumman Information Systems.



Tony Jolly
GAMA Leadership Training Center

Tony grew up in Washington, D.C where he met his wonderful wife Pam. They have four beautiful children Anthony Jr., Marcus, Elijah and Faith. Tony surrendered his life to Christ in early 1994. He began attending church in the suburban areas of D.C and then in Reston, Virginia. After having a strong desire to devote himself to the Lord’s service and local ministry, he returned to Forestville, Maryland to assist with a local church plant. While faithfully serving there for five years, the Lord led him to Hope Bible Church to continue his spiritual growth and service. Having served in multiple ministries within Hope, he is now serving with the GAMA Leadership Training Center.
Steve Kirchner
Men's Ministry
Steve began leading the Men's Ministry at Hope Bible Church in 2006 and was appointed deacon of Men’s Ministry in 2010. Steve became a Christian in his teen years and was discipled by his older brother.  As a result he developed an interest in discipling young men and led several small groups while in college and at his previous church.  He also serves in the CD ministry and is a member of the Worship and Gospel choirs. Steve and his wife Lois have been attending HBC since the fall of 2005.

Ross Levin
(Full-time Staff)

Ross was saved by faith in Christ alone in 1984 while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in Cherry Point, NC, having first been presented the gospel eight years earlier while attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. After completing his military service in 1986, he served in various vocations, including 17-years in the financial services community as a stockbroker, Certified Financial Planner and Securities Compliance Officer. In October 1997, Ross and his family followed the Leake family from California to Maryland following Tom Leake's graduation from The Master’s Seminary and his leaving to plant Hope Bible Church (HBC). It was never in Ross' plans to serve in full-time ministry. However, God's plan for him prevailed as He providentially prepared Ross through these various vocational and training opportunities for the very purpose of serving Him at HBC. Ross is a graduate of Master's International School of Divinity at Evansville, IN, where he earned his Master of Arts degree in Christian Administration and Management. Ross and Becky's children include Mallory, Joseph along with his wife Lauren (plus grandson Christian and granddaughter Catherine), and Shawn along with his wife Angie (plus granddaughters Eleanor & Sophia.)

Karsten Miller
Men's AID (Accountability in Discipleship)

Karsten, a native Marylander, grew up in a very religious environment, even professed to be a Christian, externally dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s. But in 2001, by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, God revealed Himself through the Bible, showed him his desperate need to be redeemed from his sin and gave him a love for the Holy Scriptures. He married his lovely, God-fearing wife, Shannon, in 2004, and they have five children. Karsten began serving in the Men’s Ministry at HBC in 2009, with hope of seeing every man grow in his Christian walk (Colossians 1:28). His primary focus is leading the men’s Accountability in Discipleship group and the men’s retreat coordination.

Roger Zeender
Visitor and Greeter Ministries

Roger and his wife, Robin, are among the founding families of what is now Hope Bible Church. God gave them a burden to help plant a church like this that spread even to Pastor Leake while he was in seminary. From the beginning, the Zeenders have been used by God to spur our fellowship and sense of family. They have opened their home for numerous church gatherings — including Sunday worship for the few weeks between when we left our location in Laurel and when Fulton Elementary became available. They now lead the Greeter and Visitor Ministries as well as a flock group. They have three daughters.

Colleen Cummings
Office Manager
(Part-time Staff)
Colleen has been a member of HBC since 2009 and has served in various ministries throughout the church. She gave much of her volunteer time and effort to the church office, bringing a much-needed semblance of order to the entire staff's work environment. After a year of volunteering, she was offered a part-time position as Office Manager, joining the staff at Hope. Colleen and her husband Keith reside in Catonsville. They have four grown children.
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. ~ 2 Timothy 4:2