Our Pastoral Staff

Pastor: Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett

Laura Ruth grew up on the south side of Atlanta, GA, a preacher’s kid, in the Christian Church, Independent, part of the Restoration Movement. She has always had a sweet and deep relationship with God. In her words, she is “a spiritual pilgrim who practices in a Christian way.” In her ministry, Laura Ruth has developed a reputation as a strong preacher and a creative worship leader. She possesses a compassionate spirit and a contagious sense of joy.

In 2017, being generously given a sabbatical, Laura Ruth visited the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery so to see the Lynching Museum to see what we have done. She traveled to Iona, Scotland, to pray. She got to go to Soweto and Johannesburg, South Africa, and Inhamachfo, Inharrime, Inhambane, Mozambique. She saw family and friends in San Francisco and the PNW. Laura Ruth began and ended her sabbatical with prayer retreats in Essex and at the Weston Priory in Vermont. She came back to Hope Central rested and restored, grateful and ready to begin work again. Thanks be to God.

Laura Ruth’s personal interests include whittling, sewing, cooking, reading, singing with embarrassing gusto, gathering with friends and family, watching football, and spiritual practices. She began working for Hope Central Church on June 1, 2010.

Rev. Benjamin Perkins

Community Minister

Rev. Ash Temin

Community Minister

Rev. Laura Everett

Community Minister

Rev. Terry Steeden

Community Minister

Our Band

Drummer: Gillian De Lear

Tech Manager

Originally from Menlo Park CA, Gillian De Lear began playing drums at age ten, and hasn’t stopped since. She moved to Boston, MA in 2005 and finished a Bachelor degree in Professional Music at Berklee College of Music. Gillian has played and toured with countless bands during her musical career. She has completed several cd’s, including a cd of original free jazz – duets with her favorite musicians in Boston (2009), “Genie in a Bottle”, a cd of original material for the Gillian De Lear Jazz Quintet (2012), and “On the Up & Up”, with the Jazz Barracudas (2013). Aside from playing in Hope Central’s morning service, you’ll find her playing at the HoJo’s on Boylston St. in Boston, every Tuesday with the David Ehle Trio Jazz Jam.

Bass: Neil Helme

Music Co-Director in the Interim

The story of Neil’s life–long relationship with music is a journey of discovery. Born into a house filled with music, taking piano & violin lessons in grade school, singing in choirs & in garage bands, all the while he was incorporating new musical ideas from as many different sources as possible. In essence, he was forming his personal version of what Gram Parsons would call “American Cosmic Music.”

For the last 35 years, Neil has played lots of music in lots of places with lots of musicians, including the Spring Hill Rounders, and The Demolition String Band.

Piano: Dow Brain

Music Co-Director in the Interim

Drummer: Bobby Hall

Bob Hall, originally from Dorchester, MA, is by day, a High School Special Education teacher, but has fit in his love for drumming since he started playing traps [set drums] at eight years old. Bob earned an Instrumental Performance Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1975. He has played in the bands Starlight Dance Band, Black Tie, Philip Black Sextet, Brass Lantern and On the Road and has taught percussion at several schools. Since 1990, Bob has added to his repertoire a variety of rhythmic sounds using Congas, Timbales, Djembes, Udo, and Doumbeks. In 2001, Bob joined the newly formed “Holy Ghost Trio” at Hope Central Church and has continued to play with them during the Sunday service.

Our Church Staff

Church Manager: Lisa Pilat

Lisa Pilat has been with the church since 2006 as Building Manager and Church Manager/Bookkeeper. Prior to joining Hope Central she worked for Filene’s Department Stores as Divisional Sales Manager for 13 years. She has three children, Lexi, Lilly, and Maddoc. She currently lives in Dedham with her son Maddoc.

Administrative Assistant: Lisa Stanton

Lisa Stanton joined the staff at Hope Central in November 2021 after she moved to Boston from Beverly MA. Before she came here, she worked as an Administrative Assistant at a mental health clinic for 5 1/2 years on the north shore. She lives with her musical husband, Bobby , two pesky cats, and has one lovely daughter, Lily-Esther.

Sexton: Leonel Cermeño

Originally from Guatemala, Leonel is a father to three girls and a grandfather to six grandchildren. He has lived in the U.S. for over thirty years, twenty-five of them in Massachusetts. He has been at Hope Central Church for over twenty years.