The Advisory Council is a group of mature believers who serve as trusted advisors to the elders in a non-governing role. They meet regularly with the pastors to help think through various pastoral and mission-related matters.

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.
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. He also is active in community outreach events and as a Community Group Leader. He and his wife, Becky, have three children and five grandchildren.

Bill Davis - Risen Hope Church

Nykki Efunnuga

Nykki has been a believer for over 25 years. Prior to her current role as a homeschooling mom, she served as CEO and mental health therapist in private practice as well as a dual diagnosis therapist and adoption social worker. Nykki also served as leader of women’s ministry and assisted with worship leading at a previous church. Currently, Nykki serves at Risen Hope Church as leader of Risen Women’s Ministry and sings with the worship team. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Bible and a Master of Science in Counseling from Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University). Nykki and her husband, Korey, have three children.

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.
Mike Ryan - Risen Hope Church

Dave Heidengren

Dave has been a believer for more than 45 years. He has served as a Risen Hope Community Group leader for 4 years (and for 19 years at our planting church, Covenant Fellowship), and is also serving as the RHC Deacon of Facilities. He graduated from Gordon College with a Business degree and works as a systems analyst in the Community College of Philadelphia financial aid office. He and his wife, Pattie, have 5 children (plus 3 in-laws), and one grandchild.