A resilient group of people, holding firmly to the word of life, and seeking to share the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Rev. Francis Balla
Born in a Christian family in South India, Francis came to personal faith in Christ at the age of 18. He sensed a call to serve God right out of college, a call which took him on a faith journey with Youth with a Mission for 20 years. He was involved in evangelism, discipleship training, preaching and teaching throughout India. During his time with YWAM, Francis fell in love with Wilma, a missionary from the Netherlands. The two got married in 1994 and raised their three daughters, Joanna, Jemimah and Tara, in Hyderabad, India. In 2005 the Balla family moved to the Boston area so that Francis could complete his Masters in Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Francis’ passion and purpose is to preach the gospel to people of all nations, to equip believers for works of service, to build healthy marriages and families, and to work for the welfare of communities. Francis enjoys being with his family, gardening, cooking, playing chess, watching NBA games and eating authentic spicy Indian food.
Pat has been a part of hope church for over 22 years when he and his family settled in Sharon. Pat and his wife Linda are both active in An Ale Ministries, leading small groups, and in teaching Sunday School, among other things. His dog Shelby takes him for his daily walk where he loves to meet and keep up with the neighbors. Pat is a computer systems manager and has a Th.D. from Harvard DivinitySchool in New Testament. Pat and Linda have three grown children, all believers.
One of the younger elders, Tim was saved in his twenties. Since then he has been trying to understand what God had in mind for him to do, mostly by eliminating one by one various kinds of service. As an elder he became known as a hard worker and a smart leader. He devotes much of his time to maintaining his family's vehicles and prospering as an engineer. He is blessed with a wonderful wife and two children.