The Team

Matt Lillicrap

Matt grew up in Kent where he was taught about the hope of Christ from a young age, although he didn’t recognise his own need for that hope until he was 15. On finishing school he travelled the length of England to study medicine in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. After qualifying Matt worked as a doctor in North East England for 7 years, as well as working part-time for the Christian Medical Fellowship along the way. In 2013 he moved back down the country to study theology at Oak Hill College in North London. He has been in Cambridge since 2017, first as Associate Pastor at Eden Baptist Church and now as Pastor at HCC. Matt is married to Anika and they have 6 children. He can often be found running, watching or playing any sport going (but cricket in particular!), or reading a good book, especially if paired with a fine single malt.
Martin Brooke
Assistant Pastor

Martin and Josette Brooke began following Jesus in their mid-40s after their daughter became a Christian while at sixth form college. Sensing a call to ministry and with a passion to share the good news about Jesus with everyone, Martin attended the PTCornhill and Cornhill Plus Bible training courses before joining the staff of St Andrew the Great church in Cambridge as parish outreach worker. In 2015, Martin and Josette moved to Hope Community Church where he now works part-time alongside his self-employment as a public relations consultant. Martin is a lifelong Cambridge United fan, loves walking his two dogs as well as playing tennis and golf.
Dave Walker

Dave grew up in a Christian home and his faith was cemented during his time at University. He works as a freelance music producer, predominantly composing for film and TV. He has a passion for seeing how faith and the Bible connects with culture and the creative industries. Dave also enjoys any kind of American BBQ food, playing sport and endures supporting Arsenal.
Liz Taylor
Pastoral Worker

Liz is a pastoral worker and co-leads a homegroup at Hope. She loves to see God at work in people’s lives and to encourage them to persevere. Liz also enjoys walking in hills, cats and chocolate.
Emily Walker
Children's Coordinator

Moving between North Wales, Tanzania and Hertfordshire Emily grew up in a Christian home. She became a Christian at 15 but it was during her time studying English Literature and training to be a teacher where her faith in Jesus grew. She is married to Dave and they have two children, Fin and Hattie. Emily loves eating out, charity shops and decluttering!
James Gatward

James has been part of Hope from when he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Saviour and was baptised in September 2009. He is married to Pam and blessed to have a son, Zachary. A typical week involves studying, childcare duties, work and catching up on the F1 with his son.
Sarah Davies
Church Administrator

Sarah is the church administrator and serves in various ministries in the church. Sarah is married to Laurence and they have two boys, Daniel and Matthew. Sarah enjoys crafts, walks in the countryside and visiting art galleries.