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Matthew 5:14

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

“We want to be that kind of church: a community where people discover Jesus.”

Jesus has given his church a great vision.

He has called us to be the light of the world. There is something about the church that is meant to be like a city on a hill — a community that is so radiant and bright and full of life that people are drawn towards it. And when they get there they discover the reason for its radiance — because Jesus is there.

We want to be that kind of church: a community where people discover Jesus.

  1. Small beginnings

    In 1998 a group of Christians from different church backgrounds began to meet in their homes in Exmouth with a longing to see a new church established in the town — faithful to the Bible and experiencing the power and presence of the Spirit.

  2. Partnering with Newfrontiers

    Helped by The Community Church in Honiton this group began to partner with Newfrontiers to see their vision become reality. In early 1999 a church planting weekend was held in Honiton for anyone feeling called to church plant across the South West — including in Exmouth.

  3. The King's Way Church was planted

    That church planting weekend led to a team from Emmanuel Church in Brighton (then called Church of Christ the King) moving to join those already in Exmouth and The King's Way Church was planted in September 1999.

  4. Leadership established

    As the Millennium arrived the church was growing quickly, gathering around 70 adults and children on a Sunday. Later that year a new milestone was reached as elders were appointed and a leadership team was formed.

  5. An unexpected crisis

    Just as things were getting established, an unexpected crisis hit the church: the founding leader had to leave Exmouth due to a family crisis and the church was left without someone to lead them.

  6. A seed of faith

    Two years later the church was in crisis and a meeting was held to talk about closing down. To everyone's surprise a church member stepped forward to say they would lead the church until God provided someone else to lead.

  7. A glorious church, bringing hope

    For the next 5 years the church continued believing God for their future when in May 2008 a visiting speaker called Alun Davies prophesied over the church saying, "You are a city on a hill, not forgotten or in a backwater, but in the centre of God's purposes — a glorious church, bringing hope."

  8. New leadership

    As God was encouraging the church about their future, he was also speaking to a British family living in the USA about moving to Exmouth and in December 2009 a new leader arrived.

  9. Hope replanted

    As new leadership and new vision began to emerge the church started growing again, now gathering around 50 adults and children. Then in August 2012, responding to God's prophetic leading, the church was replanted as Hope Church and a new chapter in our story had begun.

  10. A great future

    Today by God's grace Hope Church is now home to around 80 adults and children. God has spoken to us many times about being a city on a hill — a church with significant impact in our town and beyond. We are believing him for a great future together and we'd love you to be a part of our future too!

Elders / Pastors

The church is led by a team of elders or pastors who are responsible for teaching, serving, shaping and caring for the church.

  • Ian Jukes
    Lead Elder

  • Martin Rider

  • Mark Reynolds

Staff & Volunteers

A church is family where everyone has a part to play, but here are just some of the staff and volunteers who give time during the working week to serving the church.

  • Sue Stride

  • Helen Plant
    Kids Work Leader

  • Rachel Smith
    Student Intern

  • Joseph Nicholls
    Student Intern


Our Trustees have the vital role of overseeing our charitable trust and assisting the leadership team with all financial, safeguarding, employment and legal issues.

  • Peter Chalkley
    Trustee Chair

  • Rob Ferns

We believe in the good news of Jesus Christ.

The Christian faith is all about a loving God rescuing a broken world through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. It's the great story above all other stories that answers the deep questions we all have, questions like: who made this world, why do we exist, why is there suffering and evil, why do we die and what the future for our world?

Why not come and explore these questions with us? We'd love to be part of your journey.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son.

John 3:16

We are passionate about the church.

Many people today think of the church as a cold and religious place, a place where you don't belong.

But what if church wasn't like that? What if church was a family with a place at the table for everyone? What if church was somewhere you could bring your questions and explore the claims of Jesus without judgement? What if church was about discovering a living relationship with God?

We believe church should be like that. Whoever you are there's a place at our table for you.

We love our community (because God does too).

The church was never meant to exist for it's own benefit. As God's people we exist to love the world around us and our mission is to bring the good news of Jesus and love of God to the communities in which we live and work.

We do this by getting involved in our local community wherever we can, sharing our faith and actively working for the good of all people, irrespective of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

We are on a mission with God. Come with us and let's see what God will do.

We hold to the Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith. You can read more about that here.

Commission is an international family of churches working together to see THOUSANDS of lives transformed through HUNDREDS of churches in TENS of nations.

We are a small part of a much bigger family.

Commission is led by Guy Miller and a team of leaders. Together they serve our church by praying for us, laying biblical foundations, helping us raise up leaders and build strong relationships with other churches around the globe.

As a family of churches we take Jesus' apostolic commission seriously, sharing our resources and working together to plant churches and take the gospel to the ends of the earth.

We are on a great adventure together.

Who or what is Commission?

As a member of the Evangelical Alliance we also stand alongside a diverse group of Christian believers that includes Anglicans, Methodists, Pentecostals, Baptists and many other independent churches in affirming our shared belief in the gospel and a commitment to building good relationships.

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