Hopewell's Purpose:

Our Strategy:
     Worship ~ Discipleship ~ Ministry

Our Vision Statement:
     The Vision of Hopewell Baptist Church is to be active in    building the Kingdom of God.  We have a focused purpose of "Leading People" and we believe that Christlikeness is the goal of every genuine Christian.  Through our strategy of Worship, Discipleship, and Ministry, we will 
be the Church that Christ called us to be.   

As you look around this website you can see that there are many opportunities for us to become the three strand cord so that in the world we live we will not be easily broken.

 What We Believe

We believe the Bible is the written Word of God. It is without error and contains the answers to all of our problems. We believe Jesus is God’s only Son and He came to give us eternal life. John 3:16

He was born of a virgin, died on a cross, was buried, rose again three days later, and ascended into Heaven where He awaits those that believe in Him.

We believe all have sinned and are separated from God. Romans 3:23

We believe the penalty for that sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life. Romans 6:23

We are a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. Click here to see the Baptist Faith & Message

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Dr. Lee Pigg

Pastor Lee grew up in a Christian home in Wadesboro, NC. After high school, he headed off to UNCC for a high paying career in business. But after a year felt that God had bigger and better plans for his life so he enrolled at Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute. Pastor Lee married Michelle Blount (literally the girl next door and his high school sweetheart), graduated from Fruitland, and a few years later, Brittany was born.
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In February of 2002 God led Lee to became the pastor of the greatest church in the world (no bias of course) and he continued his education by completing a Masters Degree in Church Administration and a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Studies.

Pastor Lee is passionate about preaching,believes the heart beat of the church is Missions,feels strongly that in Discipleship Groups real spiritual growth takes place. Lee enjoys reading and working on his 95 Mustang GT

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Executive Pastor

Dr. David Hayes joined Hopewell as our Associate Pastor of Administration, effective August 4, 2013.
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Pastor David has served as Senior Pastor of West Monroe Baptist Church in Monroe, NC since 2005. He has an extensive background of service including revivals and speaking engagements. His purpose is to proclaim God's Word, to strengthen believers, to reach unbelievers, and to glorify God. Pastor David and his wife Debbie have 2 teenage children, Grace and Titus. Pastor David teaches the "But God" Discipleship Group each Wednesday night that meets at 7pm in the Chapel at the Legacy Campus. They would love for you to join them in a weekly bible study. He also writes a daily devotion that can be delivered to your email. Simply follow the link below to sign up.

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Ministry Assistant

Kim Nicholson - Assistant to the Senior Pastor (Lee), and Associate Pastor of Administration (David).
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I have been a ministry assistant and part of the Hopewell Staff since December of 2003, and have been so blessed to be chosen to be here to witness God work in this great congregation. It is amazing to look back over the last  years here - it was just Pastor Lee, Ashley and myself on staff.  The  average Worship attendance was 250, and the average Sunday School attendance was 185! You can look at this Sunday’s bulletin and see for yourself how the Lord is moving.  He is present and very alive here at Hopewell Baptist Church!

And think, we still don’t have any way of imagining how much more He has for us to do! I Corinthians 15:58 tells us to “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” I look forward to laboring alongside each of you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, for His Unending Glory!


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Ministry Assistant

Lori Simpson - Lori is responsible for maintaining the church database, discipleship attendance as well the Hopewell website and Facebook pages.
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I joined the Hopewell staff in September 2008. I am married to Bubba for over 26 years and have two sons, Josh & Mason and a daughter, Megan.  In my spare time I'm active in the Sons of Thunder motorcycle ministry and enjoy traveling with my husband on the back of his Harley.  I'm that one that updates the website, and posts information on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram.

I love the exciting and inviting sweet spirit of the people of Hopewell and feel so blessed to be part of this exciting ministry. I can't wait to see and be a part of what God has planned for Hopewell's future.

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Shelley Whetstone - I am responsible for keeping up with the church calendar. This task includes scheduling use of all buildings and vehicles. I have been a member at Hopewell for two years. I grew up in Charlotte and married my high school sweet heart, Doug. We have been married for 25 years. We have two grown children. We are so blessed to be a part of this church and all that God is doing here.
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Minister of Pastoral Care

Brian Austin - I grew up in a Christian home here in the Fairview Community, and actually grew up here at Hopewell. I joined Fairview Fire & Rescue in 1984 where I’m still on the roster as a member. I graduated Piedmont High School in 1986. I continued my education in electrical at CPCC and worked in and around electrical and electronics for about 25 years. In 1989, I married the love of my life, Anna Thomas (the day after Hurricane Hugo). I thought life couldn’t get any better until our son, Zachary, was born in 1996.
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Around 2004, God started calling me into full time ministry and I started running.  In September of 2008, I walked away from my job and my role as Chief of Fairview Fire & Rescue, and enrolled into school at Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute in Hendersonville, NC.  For two years, God provided for my family’s needs while I attended Fruitland.  He also gave me the strength and encouragement through family and friends to survive my continued education late in life.  After Fruitland, I began working at Hopewell, the Church I grew up in.  

I now serve as Minister of Pastoral Care where serving Christ is my passion.  I enjoy working with the Senior Adults and gaining wisdom from them.  I feel they are the cornerstone of Hopewell.  I love missions and spreading the Gospel of Christ.  I have been to Bolivia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras and look forward to seeing where else God will lead.  I love helping others to grow in their Spiritual walk and to allow my walk to grow as well.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends.  I want to do the best I can so that when I stand before God, I WILL NOT BE ASHAMED!!! 

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Director of Recreation

Russell Dulin - I have always loved sports. I have coached almost every single sport at the middle school level and some at the recreational level and high school level, and enjoy watching players improve as the seasons and years progress. I am blessed to the HBC Recreation Director and to help bring CHRIST to the center of all things sports related. Without HIM and without giving HIM glory, we are doing it all wrong!
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I grew up in Charlotte, NC and met my wife, Lori in the College of Education at UNC Charlotte. After we married in 1999 we moved to Stanly County and I taught 4th grade and 8th grade for 16 total years. Right before my son, Holden was born in 2008, Lori and I graduated on the same day with our Masters Degrees from UNCC. Once Holden was born I have loved being not only his dad but also his coach in all the sports he plays, and he plays and enjoys the ALL! I joined the Hopewell staff on a part-time basis in 2012 years as I continued to teach, and came on full-time in the summer of 2015. My family is blessed to call Hopewell Baptist Church our home!
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Facilities Maintenance Director

Wayne “Toot” Whitley began August 17, 2015 as Facilities Maintenance Director.
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Worship Ministry
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Associate Pastor of Worship

Tim Blankenbeckler - I grew up in the mountains of Virginia in the small town of Sugar Grove. I received my Associate of Religion/Church Ministries degree from Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute and my Bachelors degree from North Greenville University. I also attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where I received 3 years of musical training.
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I joined Hopewell along with my wife Mindy and our two sons, Tyler and Tanner, in January 2006.

I have the pleasure of working with our Celebration Choir, musicians, vocal teams, and media support teams with a common goal of bringing glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.  

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Media Director

Bryon Bench
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Worship Ministry Assistant

Stephanie Phillips
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Media Intern

JD Little
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Associate Pastor of Education & Missions

Larry Gooch - I grew up in a loving Christian home in Fort Lawn, SC. After high school, I attended and later graduated from Erskine College, in Due West, SC. As a college freshman, I realized God had a different plan for my life as He called me into full time ministry. During the summer of 1987, I was called to my first ministry position as Minister to Youth and Children. In the past 25 years, I have been given numerous opportunities to serve the Lord in the areas of Youth and Children’s Ministries.
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 After graduating from Erskine, I met and married the love of my life, Sandy Bradford.  We left South Carolina for me to pursue my Masters Degree in Christian Education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.   During this time, we were blessed with our children, Drew and Abby.  In 1997, we were called to Union County.  

God led us to Hopewell in November 2011 where I consider it an honor to serve in the areas of education and missions.  Whether on our campus or in a foreign country, I believe God is allowing my desire to see people come to a saving knowledge of Christ and grow in their understanding of His love for them to be fulfilled.

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Minister of Students

Ashley Huneycutt - I grew up in Locust, NC. While in high school I felt the call on my life to go into ministry but resisted. After chasing my dreams and getting the chance to play college football it was all taken away during my second season due to a freak accident. I then transferred to N.C. State University where I started out majoring in Industrial Engineering. It was there during a Campus Crusade for Christ meeting, I surrendered my life to the ministry.
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After graduating from N.C. State in 2002, I spent my summer serving with Campus Crusade and within four months began my ministry at Hopewell.   I am currently working on my Masters of Ministry in Christian Leadership from Covington Theological Seminary.

My wife, Amy,  and I live in Matthews where we stay busy with our four kids: Finley, Banks, Bryce and Sloane. 
When not serving at Hopewell, I enjoy watching N.C. State football, playing sports, going to the lake with my family, and coaching.
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Children's Director

Leslie Barrera
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Sunday Preschool Director

Laura Purvis
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Wednesday Preschool Director

Brenda Smith
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Ministry Assistant to Education Department

Amy Capps -I am new to Hopewell and look forward to meeting the members of this vibrant and growing church family! I grew up in Charlotte where I met and married my husband Alan. We have two grown and married children and 3 grandchildren. We are members of First Baptist Matthews. In my spare time I like to do things outside like hiking and biking and I also enjoy reading and sewing. I have a heart for missions and I have been to the Middle East, Africa and Haiti. I look forward to seeing all that God is doing in the life of Hopewell Baptist Church.
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