Pastoral Team

We believe that God wants a shared and equal Council of Elders to lead every church. This provides mutual accountability, increased experience, varied pastoral gifts, and meaningful encouragement for those who lead us. This explains why we consistently identify and equip additional men (through PURSUE, a 2+ year Pastoral Leadership course), as potential elders for our team—with a special focus on establishing a multi-ethnic pastoral team so we can respect our congregational diversity, and experience the full-orbed beauty of Bible-saturated multi-cultural leadership.
Leo Parris
Rick Butler

Family and Discipleship Pastor

Rick has been a believer for over 20 years. In May 2019 he was installed as an ordained pastor in Risen Hope. In addition to general pastoral oversight, Rick, as our Family Life and Discipleship Pastor provides pastoral care within the church and teaches in various contexts as well as provides input for pastoral decisions.

Rick previously served as a Youth Pastor and as a bi-vocational Lead Pastor of a multi-ethnic church in Philadelphia. He has a huge heart for discipleship, church planting, and winning the lost to Christ.

He has earned a Bachelors of the Bible and another Bachelors in Social Work, both from Cairn University. He has also earned a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Currently Rick is employed as a Facilitator/Recruiter at the Project DAD program at People for People Inc. He recently married his wife, Jae Lori.

Alex Chen
Alex Chen
Executive and Evangelism Pastor
Alex has been a believer for 25 years. As our Evangelism Pastor he coordinates and leads us in our various outreach and witness efforts. In addition to general pastoral oversight, Alex, as our Executive Pastor, administrates the pastoral oversight of our church life, as it relates to RHC diaconal ministry, church finances, office and staff management, and more.

Alex graduated from Rice University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked on chip design projects for Intel for 9 years before moving to Philadelphia to attend Westminster Seminary, from which he received a Masters of Divinity. He was ordained in October 2016. He and his wife, Teresa, have three children.

Leo Parris
Leo Parris
Worship and Youth-Family Pastor

Leo has been a believer for 17 years. In addition to general pastoral oversight, Leo, as our Worship Pastor, oversees our worship team content, stylistic diversity, and direction. As our Youth-Family Pastor he coordinates various events for our youth and their parents. He also works full-time as a teacher at Mastery Charter School in Philadelphia.

Leo received a Bachelors degree from West Chester University and a Masters Degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is also a 2017 graduate from the Sovereign Grace Churches Pastors’ College. He was ordained in October, 2017. He and his wife Missy have three children.

 Tim Shorey
Tim Shorey
Lead Pastor

Tim has been a believer for nearly 45 years, and has been in active pastoral ministry since 1982. He is Risen Hope’s primary preaching pastor. In addition to general pastoral oversight, Tim, as our Lead Pastor, leads in shaping our vision, developing church leadership, and strengthening the pastoral team. He is also active in building community relationships in pursuit of multi-church and multi-ethnic fellowship. He also serves on the Racial Harmony Task Force for Sovereign Grace Churches.

Tim graduated from Northeastern Bible College (The Kings College) in 1981, and is the author of two devotional books, Worship Worthy and 30/30 Hindsight. He and his wife, Gayline, have six adult children and twelve grandchildren.