Neal Davidson, Lead Pastor
Hope Chapel’s founding and current Lead Pastor is Neal Davidson. Neal is a native of Massachusetts and loves serving in his home state. He previously planted a church on Massachusetts’ South Shore as well as serving on the Leadership Team of a regional denominational staff. He earned his undergraduate degree from Bates College in Lewiston Maine in Economics and also has a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth TX. In addition to pastoring he loves to play. Among his hobbies are enjoying summer boat rides on Lake Winnipesauke, riding his motorcycle when it isn’t raining or snowing, and golfing. He lives in Sterling with his wife Christina and has two grown sons, Joshua and Benjamin.
Ken Hall, Pastor of Students
Pastor Ken is a native of Massachusetts and grew up in the Boston area. He attended Gordon College majoring in Youth Ministry and has been serving youth for the last 20 years. He has served both urban and suburban churches as well as been involved with youth ministry initiatives both locally and nationally. Ken has served as the Greater Boston Baptist Association’s Director of Youth Ministries. Ken also has a staff member and director of “Quest” a Baptist Convention of New England student leadership program both to Dominican Republic and Durban, South Africa. Ken is also a contributor to Lifeway in both curriculum and Summer Camps. Ken joined the staff of Hope Chapel in March, 2003. He is thankful that God has made it possible for him to serve teens on a full-time basis and feels a lifetime call to youth ministry.
Ken and his wife, Jen, have two sons, Caleb, Asher and a daughter Naomi. In addition to striving to grow closer to God and to teens, Ken enjoys playing golf, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Steve Blumer, Pastor of Family and Adults
Steve Blumer, M. Div., joined the Hope Chapel staff in June 2012 as a pastor to children. In 2014, he became the Pastor of Family and Adults. He is a native of Iowa and earned his B.A. (in Missions and Bible) from Baptist Bible College and a Master of Divinity (minor in Biblical Counseling) from Baptist Bible Theological Seminary (Spfld, MO) in 2004. After meeting and marrying Tina, a native of Massachusetts, they moved to New England and served in a local church in various capacities.
Steve and his wife were also involved in foster care for several years through which they adopted their 3 younger children. He has been involved with family ministries for the last 15 years.
Christina Davidson, Worship Leader
Having been around music all her life, Christina has a passion to see people celebrate Truth and connect with God through congregational worship. She has a music degree from the University of North Texas, and has since played keyboard and led worship in various New England churches.
In addition to serving at Hope Chapel since 2002, she has facilitated regional seminars to encourage other music leaders and worshippers to experience vitality in their own congregations.
Christina has been married to Neal since 1984, and is mom to adult children, Josh, (and his wife, Jillian) and Ben. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with Neal, driving her motorcycle, working out, and watching most any kind of sport.
Jay Tilley, Children’s Ministry Director
Jay is a native of North Carolina. He earned his B.A. (in Bible and Church Administration) from Piedmont Baptist International University in Winston-Salem, NC, a M. Ed. (in elementary education) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an M.Div. from Luther Rice Seminary in Lithonia, GA. Jay spent several years teaching, primarily kindergarten and second grade, in the North Carolina Public School System and has been in pastoral ministry for the past 12 years.
Jay lives in Winchendon, MA with his wife Amy and their 6 children. Jay’s hobbies are reading, writing (children’s stories), and fishing with his children.
Gail St. Jean, Administrative Assistant
Born and raised in New England. We have one daughter, who has been both a challenge and a blessing (She admits it). She has been a part of my life since she was 2 years of age. She now lives in California with my 3 grandchildren. My Husband Bob and I are now also great-grandparents. Facebook is our new go-to for up to date images of our growing family.
I feel blessed to be working for Hope Chapel in the position of Administrative Assistant. My background has been in office billing of hospitals and Secretary/Treasurer of a local Church and side by side in business with my husband at Robert’s Photography for about 30 years, along with being an Associate for Hannaford in their Front End Dept for the last 8 ½ years. The office environment has always been known as my happy place. I enjoy meeting the day to day duties of an office and also to be available when God leads me to pray with someone or serve Him in other ways. I look forward to meeting each of you. Come and share your faith story with me.