Leadership and Staff
Elders

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

Pastor Tom Leake was born overseas as an American citizen (his dad having worked for the U.S. State Department), but was raised in the United States in Maryland. He entered into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ while in college where he met his wife, Susan. After graduating, Tom taught in Christian schools for 12 years 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 had impressed on Tom the need for planting strong Bible-teaching churches—particularly in Maryland—so he returned there in the summer of 1997 to help establish Hope Bible Church.

Currently, Tom's primary ministries are expository preaching, teaching, and supervising the planning and development of Sunday worship services. In addition, he focuses on developing leaders and helping all the members of the congregation to become mature co-laborers in Christ. Tom and Susan have four children: Hannah, Grace, Faith, and Josiah.
 

Alan H. 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
Missions

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.


Deacons

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.

 

 

Scott Gatdula
College & Career Group (FOCUSed)

A native Marylander, Scott was born in Baltimore city and grew up in the Annapolis area. By God's grace, he became a Christian in his early twenties and shortly thereafter began serving in the music, missions, and youth ministry at Faith International Bible Church in Baltimore. Scott became a member of Hope Bible Church in 2008 and later began serving in various ministries including music and missions. In 2010, he began to serve as the leader of the college & career ministry and in late 2012, he was appointed as a deacon. Scott currently resides in Baltimore city and works as a network engineer for a Maryland based IT consulting firm.


 
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
Administration
(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 (and grandson, Christian), and Shawn along with his wife Angie (and granddaughters Eleanor & Sophia.)

 

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.


Staff
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.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast ~ Hebrews 6:19