RHC’s Advisory Council includes seasoned men who are trusted advisors to our Risen Hope elders. They attend monthly elders’ meetings to help our pastors think through various pastoral and mission-related matters in the ongoing life of the church. Normally, all members of the Advisory Council are also participants in PURSUE, our RHC eldership training course. This allows the Advisory Council role to provide further context for these men to gain experience, and for RHC elders to assess their potential calling to pastoral ministry.

Bill Davis - Risen Hope Church

Bill Davis

Bill has been a faithful believer for over 40 years. He is a graduate of the Manna Bible Institute. Before retirement, he long worked as a Philadelphia Highway Construction Inspector, while simultaneously serving believers in the Philadelphia community for many years as a Bible instructor and discipler of men. He is also a regional presenter for Evangelism Explosion International. He has been faithful in community service, including soup kitchen ministry and Bible School teaching. Currently he serves as our Deacon of Prison Ministry, Hospital Visitation, and Seasons Ministry (with his wife Becky serving along with him in the Seasons role). He also is active in community outreach events and as a Community Group Leader. He and Becky have three children and five grandchildren.

Joel Gaines - Risen Hope Church

Joel Gaines

Joel has been a believer for 20 years. His ministry experience includes leadership involvement in a Philadelphia-area church plant, in addition to Men’s Ministry, Young Adult ministry, Diaconal work, and Children’s Ministry experience. Currently, he and his wife, Tia, serve as Coordinators of our GRACE and Race Fellowship. A graduate of Cairn University, he also received a Masters in Education with a Principal’s Certification from Cabrini University. Presently, he serves as Assistant Head of Upper School at Delaware County Christian School. He and Tia have been blessed with four children.

Rob Atkins - Risen Hope Church

Rob Atkins

Rob has been a believer for more than 20 years. He has served as a Youth Pastor and Elder in a previous church, and as Bible Department Head in two Christian schools. This includes his current role as Head of the Bible Department at Delaware County Christian School. He currently serves as a Co-Coordinator of our RHC Children’s Ministry, as well as our Coordinator of INVEST, a RHC Ministry Team and Community Group leadership development course. Rob received his Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Clarks Summit University (formerly Baptist Bible College), and his Masters in Religion from Liberty Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Melissa, have four children.