Leadership & Staff

 Rev. Dr. Douglas J. Foss, Senior Pastor
 
          A graduate of Hesser Business College (ABS), Berkshire Christian College (B.Th.) and Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div., D.Min.), Doug is presently serving in his twenty-sixth year as the senior Pastor of Hope Church. Before coming to Lenox, he pastored churches in Duck Hill, Mississippi and Whitefield, New Hampshire. In addition to his pastoral duties, Doug serves on the Board of Directors of the Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies (BICS), and is an instructor at the Institute, teaching courses in Evangelism, Counseling and Theology.
         In 1995 Doug earned the Doctorate of Ministry degree, in which he developed a Christian education course paralleling the theological differences between Roman Catholicism and the historic Protestant faith. This course is taught frequently at Hope Church to better equip its members to share their faith with a culture steeped in relativism and hedonism.
          Doug’s involvement in the Lenox community has included several years as a coach for the Little League and Babe Ruth baseball programs. Doug and his wife, Cindy, have been married 42 years and have three grown children and nine grandchildren. Cindy has served several years as the Administrative Assistant at BICS.
 
Mr. Wesley Ross, Associate Minister of Worship and Music
     A graduate of the University of Massachusetts (M.M.) and the Berkshire Christian College, Wes is presently the Vice President of The Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies (BICS) and Associate Pastor of Worship and Music at Hope Church. He taught at Berkshire Christian College for 18 years and traveled extensively as director of the Berkshire Christian College Corale. Under his leadership, the chorale recorded six albums and toured England in 1980 and again in 1985.
     Wes' wife of 48 years, Suzanne, works as a registered nurse, and they have three adult children. At BICS, he teaches a course in the History of Worship and Music in the Church and is Vice President in charge of Academic Affairs. Wes has traveled 13 times to the Middle East (Egypt, Jordan and Israel) as host of the Bible Lands Seminar, and 10 times to the United Kingdom, including a hymnology tour he led in 2005 and 2011.
     He released a recording of original compositions available on compact disk and cassette entitled Keeper of My Days that can be enjoyed on the Hope Church website in the music ministry section.
     Well-known in Advent Christian circles for his leadership in camps, church music seminars, General Conference sessions and performance, Wes also chaired the committee which produced the popular new hymnal Hymns of Heritage and Hope, already in its second printing.
     Wes' responsibilities at Hope Church include directing the Hope Sanctuary Choir, leading the worship team and coordinating the congregational music, special music, accompanists and sound technicians for all Hope worship services.
 
           Rev. Michael F. Tuttle, Associate Minister of Family Life
           A 1987 graduate of Berkshire Christian College (B.Th.), and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School (M.A.R.), Mike served as Hope Church’s Minister of Youth from 1994-2011. During these years, Mike has led students on more than 12 short-term mission trips to Mississippi, Mexico, Belize, Dominican Republic, and Honduras and has coached basketball, soccer, and softball at the local High School. 
          Mike currently serves as the Associate Minister of Family Life at Hope Church where his charge is to strengthen families by assisting fathers and mothers in fulfilling the biblical mandate to bring up their children "in the training and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4)." Mike also serves as the Director of Student Development at the Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies where he teaches the Decision Making and the Will of God class as well as the Discipleship Seminar to first-year students.  In addition, Mike is a thirteen time co-host of the Bible Lands Seminar, a three-week trip sponsored by the Institute (BICS) which has included tours to Rome, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel.
          Mike and his wife Sandi have been married for 30 years and have three wonderful sons; Caleb, Jacob, and Jared.
 
Mr. Sam Cobb, Associate Minister of Youth

     Sam was born and raised in Ashland, Maine but has lived in the Berkshires since 2006.  He studied for two years at the Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies (BICS) and is currently enrolled in the Antioch School for Church Planting and Leadership Development.  He is working towards his Bachelor of Ministry (B.Min) degree. Since becoming a Christian when he was 15, Sam has been involved in many youth groups, Christian camps and church ministries. He became a member of Hope Church in the spring of 2011 but has been engaged in ministries within the church since he arrived in 2006. 
     In September of 2011, Sam became the Associate Minister of Youth at Hope Church. Working directly under the Associate Minister of Family Life, Sam is looking to encourage parents to be active in the lives of their students through the youth ministries opportunities provided at Hope Church.  His goal is to help unite and build strong families in order to unite and cause growth within Hope Church.
      Sam met his wife, Hannah, at BICS in 2006. They were married August 13th 2010. Together, they work part-time at BICS as Resident Directors.

 
Mrs. Marcia Zikan, Administrative Assistant
Marcia is the Hope Church Administrative Assistant and performs many roles including secretarial, organizational, scheduling and financial.
 
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