Irwyn Ince, Pastor
Dr. Irwyn Ince is the Senior Pastor of City of Hope Church. Irwyn and his wife Kim moved to Maryland from Brooklyn, NY in 1995, and have been residents of Columbia since 1997. In 1995 he professed faith in Jesus Christ at New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, DC.
Irwyn was a systems engineer by profession when the Lord called him to pastoral ministry in 2000. He began part time seminary studies at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) that fall while continuing full time employment with Motorola. He then became a pastoral intern at Mount Zion Covenant Church (PCA) in 2002. In 2006 he became the Pastor of Mount Zion, then part of the team that formed City of Hope in February 2007. In 2016, he received his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) degree from Covenant Seminary.
Irwyn strives to live the gospel in all areas of life. He enjoys spending time with his family, being active in the community, and is a CrossFit enthusiast. He and Kim have four children, Jelani, Nabil, Zakiya, and Jeremiah.
Mark Samuel, Ruling Elder
Mark and Laura Samuel met through their involvement with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Maryland. While in school, they both began attending a Mount Zion Covenant Church and became members. Shortly after graduating, Mark and Laura were married and started leading the church’s youth ministry together. Mark also began his seminary education, taking the first steps toward discerning a possible calling to full time pastoral ministry. Mark is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (M.A.B.S) degree at Reformed Theological Seminary as well as serving as an Elder at City of Hope Church.
Ronny Wahba, Ruling Elder
Ronny and Tiffany Wahba reside in Laurel, MD with their sons, Simon and Dexter and daughter Ann. They have attended City of Hope since its inception in 2007, and attended Mount Zion before that (2004). They were married in 2008 after meeting one another in August of 2004 at the University of Maryland’s Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Chapter. They enjoy spending time together and with their church family. Ronny is a Professional Engineer who analyzes vehicle accidents and Tiffany stays at home with their children and volunteers as an RN at the Laurel Pregnancy Center.
Tom Miller, Ruling Elder
Tom and his wife, Alyson, are the proud parents of six beautiful girls. He and Alyson met as college students at the University of Maryland. Tom has been involved with City of Hope Church since the church began in 2007.