WELCOME TO CHRIST OUR HOPE
Welcome to Christ Our Hope. We’re glad you’re interested in learning more about our church. It is our joy to participate in God’s kingdom work of announcing the Good News of Jesus Christ to Wake Forest, alongside other faithful churches in our city.
Christ Our Hope is not just the name of our church, it is a reminder of our core conviction. In all of life’s joys and sorrows, the God of Truth gives us great reason for hope. We believe that there is power in Jesus’ grace to bring about renewal in our individual lives, our church, and our world. Each week we gather to be transformed by God’s Word – to be reminded that the Gospel has delivered us out of our sins and into the redeemed family of God. Just as importantly, we are sent out each week as a transforming community, using every circumstance in our lives as an opportunity to glorify God and announce His kingdom to a broken world.
We summarize these key ideals in a simple motto: Transformed Lives, Transforming Community. We hope you join us and consider making us your church family. We’re not perfect, but fortunately we’ve been saved by the One who is.
“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” (Rom 5.5-6).
B. Gabriel (Gabe) Sylvia Jr. – Senior Pastor
Gabe was born in the 60’s (remember them?) and spent most of his growing up years in the St. Louis, MO area. Gabe is married to a very beautiful and gracious, Kimberly Anne and has been for 25 years. They have four children at home: Luke, Noelle, Liberty and Abigail and a married daughter, Kelsey and a cool son-in-law, Jonah.
He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy (B.S.), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div.) and (hopefully soon) Reformed Theological Seminary (D. Min.). He came to faith in Christ at West Point (1989) and, after serving in the active duty Army, God called him to ministry in 1994. After graduating from TEDS with the Masters in Divinity, he accepted a call to plant a church in Stafford, VA. He then moved to Orangeburg, SC to work in manufacturing management for a time and then as a youth and family pastor at Trinity church (PCA). In 2007, he accepted a call to be the pastor for young families and singles at Christ Covenant Church (PCA) in Matthews NC. Gabe served there until coming to Christ Our Hope in February, 2017.
Gabe has served in three PCA Presbyteries in various capacities from member of the Candidates and Credentials committee (Palmetto), to the chairman of the Shepherding Committee (Central Carolina) as well as Examinations (Central Carolina). He also was adjunct professor of Christian Counseling at the Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte).
He loves to write and has written the following studies for the church:
- Worship Guide for Family and Personal Devotions
- “What Makes a Man?” A study in biblical manhood.
- “More than a Wedding” Pre- and – marital curriculum
- “Biblical Laments” a biblical study on Lamentations
- “Understanding and Applying the Scriptures”
- Children’s Worship Training curriculum
- Biblical Counseling Framework
- Bible studies: Exodus, Judges, Lamentations, NT Survey, Galatians, James, 1 John, Revelation, “Devotion and Doctrine” (Apostles’ Creed and prayer), the Prayers of Paul in the New Testament
- Book study guides: Gospel Powered Parenting (W. Farley), Don’t Waste Your Life (J. Piper), Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands (P. Tripp), Relationships: A Mess Worth Making (T. Lane), Respectable Sins (J. Bridges), Shepherding a Child’s Heart (T. Tripp)
Although Gabe really likes ALL of the Bible, he is particularly drawn to these verses:
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
And he died for all therefore all have died; and he died for all that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5:15)
Tim grew up in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, and jokingly refers to himself as a quintessential middle child. Over the course of growing up, Tim’s family brought in 24 children from distressed situations through the ministry of foster care. In many ways, this experience of service, love, and chaos inspired both Tim and his (only) brother Gregory to serve in ordained ministry.
Tim Sharpe joined the staff at Christ Our Hope in 2010. In 2013, Tim and Chrissy were married with many COH’ers in attendance. In July 2015, the Sharpes welcomed their son Brayden, who is a joy to his parents and grandparents’ lives. The Sharpes are also expecting their second child in April 2017.
Tim studied music industry and voice at James Madison University, and graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando with Masters degrees in Counseling and Divinity. He has served in various churches from fledgling church plants, non-denominational mega-churches, to historic Anglican congregations older than our country. Prior to coming to Christ Our Hope, Tim served as Director of Worship at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg VA, helping them transition from single-site, to dual-site, to planting a daughter congregation.
In both Ephesians and Colossians, Paul reminds Christians to let the Word dwell richly in them through “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” One of Tim’s ministry passions is to use the tools of music and prayers to encourage God’s people to hear, believe, and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Worship is not an event we go to on Sundays, but a daily response to God’s glorious grace.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)