Elder Candidates: December 2019

Bahy Mehany and Tom Warren have met with the Elders regularly for approximately a year. As part of the eldership process, and to ensure they are “above reproach” as a necessary qualification (1 Timothy 3:2), we are putting their names before the church for 30 days.
If you have any hesitancies with either of them moving forward to the role of Elder, please reach out to the Elders through the church office or after a Sunday service.

Please pray for the Lord's guidance in this process and for the Mehany and Warren families.

We encourage you to read 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 to understand all the Biblical qualifications of elders.

Bahy and Imrie Mehany

Mehany Family photo

Bahy was born in Egypt and grew up in Kuwait in a home that loved Jesus.  At the age of nine, he had a conversation with his parents where they explained the gospel and he asked Jesus to be his Lord and Saviour. In the years that followed, he saw limited spiritual growth.

After moving to Canada at the age of seventeen and experiencing a very lonely and dark year, Bahy got involved with a Christian ministry at university.  For the first time, he was struck by the depth of sin and the beauty of Christ’s grace and mercy. He understood the gospel fully and began to see fruit in his walk with Jesus. He began to genuinely enjoy reading God’s Word, seek Him in prayer, worship in spirit and truth, and develop a heart for discipleship and evangelism.

Bahy began attending Hope (Harvest) in April 2006, and was captivated by the passionate preaching of God’s Word. God began to grow in him a deeper passion for His glory, a sincere hunger for His Word, and a hatred of his sin. He began to serve in the youth and worship ministries.  After getting married, Imrie and Bahy moved to Burlington where he started to work as a software engineer. They joined a small group, and began to serve together in the children’s ministry and went on missions to Romania to help lead a youth camp with Hope's sister church. The Lord then allowed them to walk through two very difficult years with the illness and death of both of their moms.

The Lord used this time to significantly shape Bahy and Imrie and teach them to trust in Him and to persevere through trial. After this they attended then led the GriefShare course. They have been blessed with two boys, Micah and Josiah, and have loved calling Hope their home as a family.  Bahy is grateful to God for placing his family in a vibrant community of believers who value God’s Word, worship, prayer, evangelism, discipleship, and compassion.

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From Bahy

Over the past few years, the Lord has been sharpening my spiritual gifts and growing in me a deep love and care for God’s people, desiring to see them find their joy and satisfaction in Him. I had an incredible opportunity to sit with the elders for several months, allowing me to observe them shepherd the church in humility, in the fear of the Lord, and by the leading of His Spirit.  God used this time to grow in me a desire to exercise my spiritual gifts in a role such as this.  Through much prayer and seeking Him, He used the elders, Imrie, and other believers to affirm this desire to become an elder. I am overwhelmed with the reality that God has called me primarily to be one of His sheep. He has rescued me, redeemed me, and called me His child - not through any merit of my own.  I will continue to fix my eyes on the Chief Shepherd, fully knowing that I can do nothing apart from Him.

Tom and Deina Warren

Warren Family photo

Tom grew up in London, Ontario in a Christian home, so from an early age he was taught, both at home and at church, the truth of the gospel. During his childhood several of his family members experienced prolonged health problems, and eventually, two of his siblings died. God was good to him during that time, and He used those events to show Tom that he was a sinner and needed Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. It was then that Tom was saved by the grace of Christ to the eternal joy, peace, and hope of knowing God.

While in university Tom married his high school sweetheart, Deina, and together they moved from London to Ottawa to Mississauga as they pursued post-secondary education and he completed his training as a medical doctor. They now live in Oakville with their three daughters and the Warren family has attended Hope Bible Church since 2011. In his spare time Tom likes to run, watch soccer, and listen to audiobooks.

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From Tom

I am very thankful for Hope Bible Church and how God has used this church to help me grow in my faith. I have been privileged to serve in small group leadership, in the accessibility ministry, and I have participated in several medical mission trips to Haiti. Through small group leadership, I have learned of my insufficiency, as well as the necessity of dependence on God and His Word. In the accessibility ministry, I have been encouraged by the example of others, men and women who model so well the love of Christ. During trips to Haiti, I have witnessed the power and importance of prayer. Our team leaders, Don and Becky Munnings, made sure that prayer was the first priority in everything we did in Haiti.

It has been a great privilege to be mentored by the elders over the past year. I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to serve God and His church in leadership at Hope. As an elder I will need to apply what God has taught me - dependence on Him and His Word, love for His people, and the necessity of prayer in everything. It is my desire that the name of Jesus Christ is honoured in every part of my life as well as in every ministry activity of Hope. It is my prayer that God will continue to use our church to be a light to the world, declaring the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.