What we Believe

The Bible

Our foundation of belief is the Bible. We believe it to be God’s message to humanity. It is completely true and trustworthy. Some passages require careful interpretation, but the central messages of the Bible are clear.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is active in the world today. He can work through natural means or supernaturally. The gifts and ministries mentioned in the Bible are still around today. As He is also a God of order and peace, we will follow Biblical guidelines in practicing these gifts.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with forever, the Spirit of Truth.”

John 14:16

The Human Response

We believe that Christianity should engage both our intellect and our emotions. Having a relationship with God does not mean we have to check our intelligence at the door. We come to Him by faith and he receives us.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

Mark 12:30

Leadership Team

Tim MacGowan, Head Pastor

Hello! I’m Tim MacGowan and I’ve been called to start Living Hope, an Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

I came to know the reality of Jesus Christ in my life during my teen years. I continued to grow in my relationship with Him through both successes and mistakes. One of the primary places for learning lessons of love and forgiveness is in my own family. My wife, Nancy, and children, Laura (19), Patrick, (17) and Benjamin (11), are each living reminders that God’s gifts are far better than anything we deserve.

I’m one of those relatively rare native Northern Virginians. Both Nancy and I grew up and went to high school in the Northern Virginia area. After graduating from William and Mary and a lengthy stint in sales, I followed a call into ordained ministry. We spent almost eight years of satisfying work as youth pastors and worship leaders in an Episcopal church in Central Florida. I then attended King’s Seminary in Southern California. From that school and under the ministry of Jack Hayford, I received a Masters of Divinity in 2002. We joined the Evangelical Presbyterian Church at that time and were commissioned to start a church in the Haymarket/Gainesville area.

Email me at  tim@livinghopeepc.org.

Nancy MacGowan, Director of Student Ministries
Hi!  In addition to my favorite roles of being the pastor’s wife and mother of our wonderful 3 children, I LOVE spending time with the students in our church!
I grew up going to church but didn’t really understand how God loved me (middle child issues) or how to live out my faith until I spent several high school summers with Youth with a Mission.  My relationship to the Lord was forever altered and I became passionate about pursuing Jesus.
The tool that the Lord has most used to refine me is pain.  I have experienced years of chronic headaches and physical pain, broken relationships, and the agony of my dad’s decline from dementia.  Through all sorts of pain, I have found that God IS my Rescuer, Redeemer, and Restorer.  I delight that He can take “the bad” of life and use it not only for my good, but for His glory.
I am so excited about the work that the Lord is doing and about to do in and through the next generation!  It is my joy to get to help engage, encourage, and equip the students at Living Hope to fulfill the Great Commission – All and Only to the Glory of God!
William Newton, Youth Intern


Harold “Bud” Scoggins, Ruling Elder
Bud and his wife of 50 years, Beverly, are long-time residents of Northern Virginia.  Bud and Beverly are native Oklahomans who moved here from Oklahoma City where Bud practiced law for 12 years.  Bud has had several varied careers, each more rewarding than the previous.  In the late 90s and early 2000s Bud and Beverly were engaged in full-time mission work with The International Foundation.  In late 2003 they relocated from Arlington, where for many years Bud was an elder in The Presbyterian Church in America, to Gainesville, quickly becoming fully engaged at Living Hope where they are charter members.  They have 3 grown sons whose wives they love as their own daughters, and 8 grandchildren who are the focus of much of their attention now.

Glenn Ashe, Ruling Elder
Glenn and Raechel have been married for 42 years and currently reside in Fairfax Station.  Glenn is a native Georgian but was raised in New Orleans. Raechel is from an Air Force family and lived in Japan, France and the United States while growing up. They met in Atlanta where both where attending school and were married upon graduation. Both Glenn and Raechel were blessed to come from families who loved the Lord and knew Jesus from an early age. Glenn recently retired after 40 years in the marine industry where he was a practicing naval architect and naval engineer. During that time they lived in Florida, South Carolina, Guam, Massachusetts, Virginia and Texas and experienced an ever-maturing relationship with the Lord. Having raised three wonderful children – Nathan, Emily and Alison – all of whom are now married, they are now experiencing the delights of grandchildren. They began attending Living Hope when it began and became charter members upon Living Hope’s establishment as a particular church.