Thomas F. Leake - Senior Pastor-Teacher
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.
entered into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ while in college where he
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.
and Susan have four children: Hannah, Grace, Faith, and Josiah.
(Note: Tom is a member of the IFCA International, a non-denominational fellowship involving about one thousand independent churches in the U.S. alone and The Shepherd's Fellowship, a group developed through the annual Shepherd's Conference at Grace Community Church in California.)
In October 1997, Ross and his family followed the Leake family from California to Maryland after Tom Leake
graduated from The Master's Seminary and left to plant Hope Bible Church
God gave them a burden to help plant a church like this that spread even to Pastor Leake
was in seminary.
Apart from Pastor Leake, Ross is the church's only full-time employee and also serves as Treasurer.