Hope Church has been a long time coming. Many years ago, after God gripped Robb’s heart, he knew that his desire and calling was to reach people with the message of hope that only comes from Jesus Christ. Robb believed that church planting was what God wanted him to do, but he had no idea how long it would take to come about or where God would lead Robb and his wife, Tabitha in the process.
Knowing his desire to serve God and others as a pastor, Robb also realized his need for more training and education and spent several years of preparation. As his schooling was drawing to a close, the pull on his heart to church plant intensified and they began praying about where they should go and how to plant a church. The greater Charleston, SC area was brought to their attention and after much prayer, visiting, and talking with other pastors, they felt confirmed in their desire to go and plant a church. As they shared their desire and plans, others have joined their team and have relocated to the Charleston area to invest in the lives of the people there.
The desire of Hope Church is to bring true hope to the people of the greater Charleston area, teaching them about a relationship with Jesus Christ, discipling them and growing with them in an even greater love for Jesus. We want to love, equip, and send every person that comes to Hope Church with the power of the Gospel. We believe that the Gospel changes our lives and how we live, and we want to invite you to join us as we seek to share this incredible grace with the entire city of Charleston.
The oversight team is a group of active members of partnering churches in the Charleston area. These men are professionals in their line of work and have dedicated their abilities in helping establish Hope Church.
CLAY JERNIGAN // Clay Jernigan is married to Erin and they have 3 children: Eliana, Harper and Adalee. Clay received his MDiv in Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Clay currently serves as the executive pastor of the Journey Church in Ladson, SC. Journey Church is a 9-year-old church plant focused on seeing the greater Charleston area reached with the gospel of Jesus. Journey is honored to currently serve as a support church to Hope Church.
WILL OSWALD // Will Oswald grew up in SC and is a graduate of the College of Charleston and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In his 21 years of ministry, he has planted churches, served as a lead pastor, trained church planters, served overseas as a missionary, and taught at a Bible college. He is currently a teaching pastor and a Realtor in the Charleston area (HomesInTheLowcountry.com) He has 3 kids and has been married to his beautiful wife Susan for more than 20 years.
PHILIP PINCKNEY // Philip is a native of Charleston, SC and serves as a Church Planting Resident at Sovereign Grace Church. As a Church Planting Resident, he shares in the preaching responsibilities and assists in executing the vision of the elders. He plans to plant a multi-ethnic, Gospel saturated church in North Charleston in 2017. Philip was ordained in 2006 and has previously served as a youth pastor, college pastor, and preaching elder in both suburban and urban contexts. Philip received his Bachelor’s Degree from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He began his seminary training at Westminster Seminary, and will complete his seminary degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2012 Philip married a wonderfully gracious and loving woman, Jenetta Pinckney. They have a recently born son named Ezra. Philip also serves in the Marine Corps – Reserves, is the Director of 1Charleston, and owns two businesses.
CHARLIE SWAIN // Charlie Swain is married to Adrian and together they have four kids: Reagan, Haddon, Lela and Lincoln. Charlie is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the pastor of vision and teaching for the Church at Cane Bay in Summerville, SC. Cane Bay is a five-year-old church plant that aspires to support and resource a Kingdom movement of church planting throughout the Charleston area.
These churches believe in the vision of planting churches in order to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The following churches will both give of their time, talents, and resources and assist in advising, holding accountable, and establishing Hope Church to various degrees.