Hopeful Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership here at Hopeful is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for the people of Hopeful Baptist Church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.

  • Zeb Cook

    Lead Pastor

    Zeb Cook has served as Senior Pastor of HBC since February, 2016. His desire is to exalt Jesus Christ through the preaching of God's word every week. He leads Hopeful Baptist Church to  "make disciples of all nations" as a continuous, generational call. 



  • Mark Cunningham

    Associate Pastor: Small Groups + Recreation

    Mark Cunningham has served at Hopeful Baptist for 12 years. Blessed with his wife, Michele, 10 children, and 2 grandchildren, Mark enjoys snow skiing, softball, and any other sport that involves a ball. 




  • George Kerce

    Associate Pastor: Counseling + Discipleship

    Called into counselling and discipleship, George Kerce loves seeing God change the lives of people to be more like the Lord Jesus through a consistent study of the Word of God. God has blessed him with a wonderful family who he loves spending time with. 




  • Richard Rodriguez

    Associate Pastor: Senior adults + West Campus

    Richard Rodriguez has been with Hopeful Baptist full time for 5 years, serving the Senior Adults and the West Campus. He enjoys days on the river with his wife and 2 boys. 



  • Kevin Roberts

    Family Pastor

    Kevin Roberts, staff member since 2013, disciples and preaches to Hopeful's youth and children. When he's not spending time with his beautiful wife, Janette, you can be sure to find him either playing sports, or watching sports.


      


  • Donovan Higgins

    Minister of Music + Media

    Donovan Higgins joined the Hopeful staff in August 2014. He strives to lead Hopeful's congregation in meaningful, bible-based worship. He and his beloved wife, Alaney, met at the Baptist College of Florida, and married soon after coming to Hopeful. 




  • Bob Wineberg

    Campus Pastor: East Campus

    Bob has been Hopeful's East Campus pastor for 6 years. He graduated from Appalachian State University and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as a Pastor, Church Planter, Chaplain (Air Force, Hospital, Hospice) and been ordained for 39 years. Bob has been married for 38 years and has 2 daughters, 2 sons and 3 grandchildren.



  • Joe Royster

    Worship Leader: West Campus

    Joe has been worship leader at the West Campus since it began 5 years ago. He graduated from The University of Florida with a degree in Music Education, has been married for 35 years, and has 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren. 




  • Peggy Carter

    Lead Administrative Assistant

    A member since childhood, Peggy has been on staff and a key player in the overall operation at Hopeful since 1998. She and her husband Helton Carter have 2 sons and 3 grandsons. 



  • Reba Lee

    Administrative Assistant + Nursery Director

    Reba joined Hopeful Baptist as a member in 2005 and as a staff member in 2007. She greets visitors with a smile in and out of office hours, and directs our nursery program. She is the mother of 2, grandmother of 4, and great-grandmother of 1.