Former Pastors of Unionville 1900- 2001
Rev. Arundel Hope
JArundel Hope is Pastor of Ariel Bowen United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. From June 2009 to June 2015, he pastored Laster Chapel United Methodist Church. Rev. Hope was appointed by the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to start a new congregation in the South Fulton area in 2003. The new congregation called Oak of Moreh UMC started with 8 members in a small house in Fairburn, Georgia and grew to 102 members by the time it was merged with Laster Chapel. This church start was a vision of Rev. Hope while he was serving as Associate Director Office of Church Development, North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has served as Senior Pastor, Grace UMC, Covington, GA and Barnesville Parish, Barnesville, GA, Youth Minister Ben Hill UMC and Student Assistant at Bowen UMC, Atlanta.Rev. Hope is a graduate of Morehouse College, Atlanta, Gammon Theological Seminary—ITC, Atlanta, where he earned the Master of Divinity with a concentration in Sociology of Religion and Community.In 1990, Rev Hope was ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and in June 1992, he became an Elder in full connection in the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.Throughout his career he has utilized his skills for the improvement of God’s community while serving both church and community. Since 2004, he has served on the Local School Advisory Council for Oak Knoll Elementary School and Board of Advisors for the Business and Technology Department for Creekside High School. He has also served on several other Boards including the Newton County Hospital Chaplainry Advisory Board, Shepherds Gate Hospice andNewton County Habitat for Humanity.Rev. Hope has served on many Conference and District Committees, including Council on Finance and Administration, Commission on Religion and Race and the Board of Ordained Ministry.Rev. Hope is married to the former Denise Bing. They have two children, Neva, and Malcolm.
Rev. Alfred Hoard
Born February 27, 1948 in Griffin, GA to Douglas and Helen Hoard. Raised in Griffin he was educated in the Griffin-Spalding County School System. At the age of 7 he began to
attend Heck Chapel Methodist Church (Now Faith UMC) under the pastorate of Rev. J. N. Shopshire. Reverend Hoard gave his life to Christ at the age of 12 and received his local
preaching license shortly after his 13th birthday. During his high school years he became a member of the NAACP and participated in the civil rights marches and sit-ins in Griffin.
During these years he also participated in the high school marching and concert bands directed by Mr. Rufus Tucker. Upon graduating for Fairmount Senior High School in 1966,
Reverend Hoard enrolled in Clark College and graduated in 1970 with a BA degree and a double major in Psychology, Religion and Philosophy. While in college he affiliated with
the King’s Memorial UMC under Rev. C. I. Smith and later Rev. Walter A. Perry, Sr., and helped with the youth, taught Sunday School, and assisted with worship.
Rev. Hubert Brown