Bob and Shari Bankhead

Bankheads

Senior Pastors

Bob & Shari have served as the Senior Pastors at World Hope since December of 2012. They met at Mount Vernon Foursquare Bible College, Mount Vernon, Ohio.  Upon graduating in May of 1985, they began ministry here in North Carolina.

One of their greatest joys is seeing people grow in their lives with the Lord as they grasp the truths of God’s Word.  They love watching people "get it" in their daily walk with the Lord.

When not involved in church and ministry activities Bob enjoys working in the yard and around the house. Shari enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Pastor Bob & Shari have two adult sons, Nate and his wife Candice and Cameron.

Shari's favorite Bible verses are Romans 8:28-29 - And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Bob's favorite verses are Isaiah 58:9-12 - Then when you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.

“Remove the heavy yoke of oppression. Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors! Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.

The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.

Pastor Bob Bankhead

Phone | 704.636.9159
Email | bob@whwcnc.org

Pastor Shari Bankhead

Phone | 704.636.9159
Email | shari@whwcnc.org

Joe and Lara Gminder

Gminders

Worship Pastor

Joe and Lara Gminder have been members of World Hope Worship Center since 1996. During this time, they have been active in many areas, including ministries of Worship and Fine Arts, Christian Education, Women’s, Youth and Small Groups. Their current focus is in leading Adult and Youth Worship ministries.

Joe has been an active musician since the age of 5, and currently participates in Fine Arts throughout the community. He is also a licensed Foursquare Minister.

Joe and Lara have been blessed with six children and four grandchildren, and enjoy spending time with their family.

Joe Gminder

Phone | 704.636.9159
Email | gizomojo2@gmail.com

Michael James

James

Administrative Pastor

Michael James, a lifelong resident of North Carolina in the Salisbury area, has been a member at World Hope Worship Center since 1992. He is an Elder at the church and an active member of the Praise and Worship team, the Prime Timer's Ministry and the Church Council. He has been the administrator for World Hope Worship Center since 2013. Prior to taking this position Michael had worked in management for 38 years with various corporations concluding the last 22 years of his career as controller for The Carolina Ritchie Corporation. Michael graduated Summa Cum Laude from Catawba College with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He also has a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Michael enjoys sports (now more watching than participating), fishing, and spending time with his family.

Michael James

Phone | 704.636.9159
Email | mkjames112@gmail.com

Deborah Paxton

Administrative Assistant

In 1996, I began attending World Hope Worship Center.  I have had the opportunity to assist in many different roles here at World Hope: Wee Walker’s Teacher for 9 years, Set Designs, Dramas, Outreaches, Little Praisers,  Wednesday Night Cook, Royal Rangers & Missionettes Teacher, Summer Office Help.  I have always felt lead to help where I am needed.

Currently, I am World Hope’s Office Assistant, and I love my job and the opportunity I have to use my creative side. With this position, I have the time to work on my craft projects at home and help my parents in their golden years. I feel very blessed.

Deborah Paxton

Phone | 704.636.9159
Email | deborah@whwcnc.org