Our Leaders …

Martyn Cooling

Senior Leader &

Full-Time Elder

Martyn was born and spent his formative years in SE Asia. He met Susan in Manchester in 1981 and they married in Sheffield in 1985. Together, they are the proud parents of four adult offspring and grandparents to two wonderful grandsons.


Martyn trained as a Chemical Engineer and spent more than 25 years in R&D and business management before responding to God's call to full time church ministry. Susan trained and worked as a teacher in both primary and adult education.


Martyn and Susan received theological training together at Regents Theological College before coming to Hope Community Church in January 2012, where they have the privilege of serving the church and community side-by-side.

Steve Percy

Leader &

Full-Time Elder

Steve is husband to Vicky and dad to George and Isabelle, and the four of them enjoy a life busy with various after-school clubs, ministry opportunities and fellowship, trying to figure out what 'honouring God in the day-to-day' actually looks like!

Having served on the team of elders for three years, and sensing God's call to full-time ministry, Steve left his previous career of fifteen years as a Probation Officer to come into full-time leadership at Hope Community Church in September 2018.


Steve is passionate about seeing God's people engaged in worship together, and carries a deep longing to see men, particularly young men, understand and live out what it means to be a man of God.


He enjoys watching most sports, but particularly rugby. He played both football and rugby regularly until recently, but if you ask Vicky, his rugby days are now behind him!

Tim's bio is still being written ... thanks you for your patience!


Tim Verrall


Michael Garry


Michael and his wife Sylvia started attending Hattersley Community Church in Spring 2007 after they had sensed God's call to worship back in Hattersley. Prior to this they had been involved in church life in Oldham. There they had served in a homeless ministry and a Christian charity shop that reached out to Muslims, and they worshiped in an Iranian fellowship.

Michael became a spiritual leader in the church (now called Hope Community Church) in January 2009 and is involved in preaching and local evangelism.

In his free time Michael loves to go out driving in the country, or to the beach, and sampling the local fish and chips!

Simon Davidson


After worshiping at Mottram Evangelical Church for 2 and a half years, Simon and his wife Sandra moved to Hattersley in October 2001 to volunteer with the newly launched EDEN Project and become part of the fellowship of the soon to be established Hattersley Community Church (now called Hope Community Church).


At that time Simon was working full time in hotel management but in May 2004 became a full time Youth & Community Worker, working alongside the EDEN Team Leader. In September 2008, Simon was made the EDEN Team Leader.  This role has now developed into Executive Director of Lifecentre Hattersley.

Simon became a church leader in January 2009 and is involved in preaching and leading the church youth group. Simon can usually be found climbing up or skiing down a mountain, or diving in warm water - in fact the more dangerous the activity the more he enjoys it!


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