Hi, I’m Bill Walles, the Lead pastor of Hope Covenant Church – a new partnership for Snohomish County!
I was blessed with the opportunity to start Hope in Lake Stevens about 7 years ago. We began Hope because we believed there were people just like you who wanted to be part of something greater. People who wanted to build community and celebrate life together. We believe this all happens when we see ourselves as part of God’s great story of Hope found in Jesus Christ. One of the things that makes our part in this story unique is our combination of Core Values that fill everything we do here at Hope. Joy, Honesty, Generosity, Simplicity, and Compassion have been part of our story from the beginning, and will remain at our core no matter what changes for us in the future. Speaking of change: there’s a new chapter in our story - a move into our own building in Everett. By joining forces with the Covenant church in Everett we truly believe we can reach even more people in Snohomish County – and invite them to build this community of Hope with us. Which brings our story back to you. We believe that the Church is the only organization that exists for those who aren’t yet part of the community! Finding us on the web is a great start – but we want you to come grow with us. We need your passion, your excitement. We need you to find your part in God’s epic story.
So, poke around our website to find out more about who we are as a church! Email me, come find me at Starbucks, or just show up on a Sunday morning. We can't wait to introduce you to more of Hope.
Meet Pastor Bill
I’m married to the amazing Sarah Walles and we have 4 kids. You’ll often see Sarah leading worship at Hope, and the kids are amazing volunteers in all kinds of ways at Hope too. Talk about spoiled! I’m allergic to almost every kind of animal – but we do have a Russian Box Tortoise named Speedy (he’s a total diva!) My hobbies are Theatre, Tennis, Wine Tasting (For real, I have a small wine cellar and if you ever stop by the house I’d love to show it off!.) My favorite movies are Coco, La La Land and every single Star Wars movie ever made!
I'm glad you've found Hope, and I hope to see you soon.
THE SIX AFFIRMATIONS OF HOPE
1. We affirm the authority of the word of God.
- 2 Timothy 3:16
2. We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
- John 3
3. We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
Head, heart, hands.
4. We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
- Acts 2
Choose to go to church. Not have to go to church!
5. We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
- John 14
We are blessed by and cannot stop the power of the Holy Spirit.
6. We affirm freedom in Christ.
- John 8
No barriers. All are welcome. Worship God in a variety of ways.
Hope operates with a simple leadership structure (as per our core values.)
Our Leadership team works with Pastor Bill to help maintain our focus on our mission to Build a Community of Hope. Our Finance Team handles all finances and helps prepare and present the budget and giving reports. They are tasked with supporting the Mission as set by the Leadership Team. Ministry Team Leaders can be paid or volunteer and lead the various ministries teams at Hope. But all of those teams need you – Our ministry partners who give their skills and passion in this Mission and Ministry together.