TONY THOMPSON – Lead Elder
Tony Thompson leads Hope Church in Luton, he is married to Anne and they have two grown up sons, Stephen and Ben, and four delightful grandchildren. He seeks to enable churches to work together across Luton, through leading Transforming Luton and as a member of Churches Together in Luton Executive. Tony has a history of involvement in starting churches in the UK and overseas. He is particularly involved in starting and supporting churches in Spain. Tony enjoys running and reading in his leisure time and has completed the London marathon on numerous occasions. Anne recently retired from working full time as a head teacher but still does some consultancy work in schools.
LINDA GEEVANATHAN – Leader
Linda moved to Luton in 2002 to join our church. She has lived in several countries around the world including Singapore, Australia and Nigeria, but she spent the first years of her life here in Luton. Linda taught in a Marsh Farm school, Luton for ten years and then spent a year on an internship at Bethel Church in Redding, California. This was an amazing experience which gave her a greater understanding of the Father’s heart and the power of God. She has served on a number of teams both at school and within the church and brings considerable leadership gifting to Hope Church. Linda also brings oversight and support to various leaders in the church.
Tel: 01582 968821
Linda’s working days are Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
MIKE REYNOLDS – Elder
Mike is another founder member of Hope Church, moving from St. Neots with his family to help start the church. His experience as a father of 4, including triplet boys, has equipped him to be one of the fathers of the church; someone people seek out for a quiet chat and a caring word. Mike has a gift which enables him to make people feel secure. He is known as someone who can turn his hand to anything practical and has been pivotal in refurbishing and maintaining our building. He also ensures everything runs smoothly on a Sunday morning. Brought up in a Christian home in Cambridge, Mike has been a member of a number of different churches and brings a depth of experience and stability to us. He has worked for many years as an IT manager, we benefit from this experience of leading teams and supporting people in the workplace within the church. Mike is supported by his wife Jane, who is a member of our staff team.
CHRIS MAY – Elder
Chris became a Christian in his teens and quickly became involved in leading worship in local churches and more widely as part of evangelistic campaigns. In time he gave up his nursing career to serve in local churches firstly as youth and worship leader and then to lead a church, which he did for 6 years. Whilst leading a church he was involved as part of a team serving churches in this country and further afield. Chris was adopted as a baby and about 20 years ago found issues of insecurity and rejection surfacing. He also felt a growing sense that he should finish his nursing training. He therefore left full-time ministry and returned to the NHS. He joined the church led by Tony in St. Neots and then moved to Luton with his family to launch Hope Church. Dealing with deep issues takes time, however experiencing release and freedom has caused Chris to be very aware of God’s amazing grace and faithfulness. Chris uses his love for people to care for patients and families as a Macmillan Palliative Clinical Nurse Specialist. Within Hope Church he oversees our courses and our worship teams. He loves seeing people grow into who God has made them to be. Chris is married to Christine and they have 2 children, both have left home.
JONATHAN ADAMS – Leader
Jonathan is married to Elizabeth and they have 3 wonderful children – Luke, Esther and Matthew. Having met and married in Birmingham, they moved to Luton relatively recently in 2013 and love the diversity of ages, backgrounds and approaches within Hope Church. Jon loves freedom, and is passionate about people being free to be fully themselves before God. Move those restraints and inhibitions aside, let’s live life freely as we understand who God is, what he has done, and the value he has placed upon us!
Outside of church, Jon commutes into London each day and works for an innovative financial services company. He heads up a Learning and Development team, and spends most of his time looking at how the company can most effectively develop it’s employees understanding with technical products. It may sound a little dry but in reality it’s an exciting company and a great team of people. And for relaxation, you can normally find Jon on a bike ride with the family, watching a decent film, or switching his mind off while he swims for miles at Luton’s Inspire pool.