Chris CarpenterSenior Pastor

Chris is the founding pastor at Hope Community Church, which was planted in October of 2010. Chris and his wife, Jean, have currently been married for 21 years, and have one child, Hannah, who attends Alcoa Middle School. The Carpenters have lived in Blount County since 2001, when Chris came to help plant and was on staff at River Oaks Community Church in Maryville.

Chris is a sports junkie. His greatest sports passion right now is racing alongside Jean in triathlons and long-distance road races. He loves watching his favorite New York teams, (where he was originally born) the Yankees, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, and Syracuse Orange, come up short in their yearly race for a championship.

But alongside time with his family, Chris’ biggest passion is ministering to the church body, whether it’s teaching on Sunday morning, one-on-one discipleship, or just simply hanging out and enjoying the fellowship with families. “It’s simply a blessing to be able to walk alongside others and encourage them in the life Christ has given us to live.” Email Chris

David HooiePrayer/Discipleship Pastor

David came to Hope Community Church in May 2018 after completing his master’s degree in Christian Ministry from Bryan college. David and his wife, Angie, have 3 kids: Marty and his wife, Suzie, who live in Oak Ridge, their daughter, Alicia and her husband, Cody, who live in Knoxville, and Ian who can be seen drumming on the Hope worship team and volunteering in Kid’s Ministry. The Hooie family moved to East Tennessee in 1999 and have lived in Blount County since 2007.

David is a self-confessed “nerd” who loves new tech, superheroes, and anything science fiction. “My passion is Biblical teaching, prayer, and making disciples. I love working with my hands, creating nerdy things with my 3D printer (like my full-sized R2D2), reading, traveling, hanging out with friends, and making people laugh!” Email David



Clay HambyWorship Pastor

Clay is a native of Knoxville, Tn. He graduated from Maryville College in 2010 with a B.A. degree in music. He married his wife Meghan on June 26th of 2010 and they love spending time with their Rat Terrier Buddy.

Clay has been involved in worship ministry since he was a teenager in High School. He passionately worships his King, Jesus Christ, and loves leading others in doing the same.  Email Clay




Maggie PollardChildren’s Ministry Director

Maggie is a stay-at-home mom with toddler Jane and a wife to Josh. They enjoy reading stories together, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. She is a former HeadStart preschool teacher and loves teaching and helping kids grow to know Christ’s love. Email Maggie