Our Pastors


Billy Smith

Billy Smith is a graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Shawn and they have six children. Billy has 34 years of ministry experience in children's, students, administration, communication of God's Word, and pastoring to Hope & Stand. Billy enjoys spending time with his family, sports of all kinds, serving in the community, and losing himself in a good book.


Joey St. John

Joey St. John is a graduate of Lee University (B.S. Business) and Lincoln Memorial University (MED). He is married to Shannon and they have two sons - Spenser and Gunner. Joey and Shannon's ministry has always been based on reaching youth and families outside the four walls of the church. Ministry involvements in Campbell County Youth Leader's Alliance, Worship on the Water, and seeing Hope & Stand develop is an avenue to let people know that "God Loves Campbell County".  Pastor Joey enjoys fishing and relaxing on his front porch in the cool of the evening. 

Our History


Billy Smith is the founding pastor of Cumberland Hope Community Church. Since it began in 2004, Cumberland Hope has focused on making fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Under Joey St. John's direction, The Stand launched in March 2013 as a group of believers that wanted to get together for a worship experience that not only ministered to believers, but focused on reaching out to the non-churched community and building relationships through small groups.


Cumberland Hope and The Stand agreed to partner together in August 2015, and together they seek to create a life-giving church by helping others know God, find freedom, discover their purpose and make a difference in Campbell County. Cumberland Hope changed their name to reflect the partnership with the The Stand to Hope & Stand in 2015.

God is at work at Hope & Stand. If you haven't visited, we invite you to see for yourself how exciting church can be when the focus is simple and people are free to go after God with passion!

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