Get to Know Jeff Bills – HOPE’s Lead Pastor

Here’s Jeff kayaking in Maine


Pastor Jeff is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church.  Jeff served as associate pastor at Haddonfield UMC for six years overseeing the education ministries.  In 1990 Jeff along with his wife Marilyn and a core group of people from the Haddonfield Church launched HOPE Church.

Jeff has served as chairman of the Board for Urban Promise in Camden and for Urban Promise International.  He was Vice-President of the Board for the Ocean Grove Campmeeting Association and is currently a member of the Key Communicators committee for the Voorhees Township school system.

Jeff and Marilyn have been married since 1983 and have two adult sons; Joshua and Matthew.  They have lived in Voorhees since 1991.


One thing I love about my role on staff …

As the church has grown I have had to learn new ways to lead and empower others to do so as well.  I have loved the challenge personally and have loved seeing how God has brought great leaders to expand each area of ministry.  I can honestly say that I have loved every day that I have been privileged to be a part of this amazing church!

A time I saw God at work in my life …

For several years I resisted God’s call on my life to full-time ministry. When I finally said “yes” everything changed very quickly. Doors opened wide that were previously shut, I met Marilyn the following week and within a few months got accepted into seminary. I could see God’s “finger prints” everywhere in my life during that time.

A book that rocked my world (in addition to the Bible) …

There are a number of books that have challenged, inspired or instructed me over the years but one really caught me by surprise when I read it in 1996.  Built to Last is a book about businesses. It brought into focus for me so many of the reasons churches struggle and lose their vitality and ability to impact their communities. The church is NOT a business, but it IS an organization and healthy organizations share things in common regardless of the field they are in.

One reason I think people should check out HOPE Church …

Great worship.  Dynamic community life.  A place where you can grow.  If that doesn’t do it for you then I’d say you might want to come for the free coffee for adults and free cookies for kids!

A hobby that I’d love to get into but probably never will …

For some strange reason I’ve always thought I’d like to get into wood carving.  I’m not good with tools and I’m not particularly artistic but I love the idea of crafting something out of a chunk of wood.

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