The Ralph Moore Podcast
Bob Mallord: Early Hope Chapel Planting in Venice, CA (Part 2 of 2)
Bob Mallord joined the first Hope Chapel in its earliest days.
A natural leader, and
a bit of a rebel, he stood out as a person others were eager to follow.
However, he didn't see himself as a leader and struggled when I did. Our
friendship ran deep but he resisted the ICNU talks over and over.
Eventually, he grabbed
the reins after starting a Bible study in a very tough town, Venice,
California. But, we now faced denominational politics. Bob led a small study
that quickly mushroomed into a church, but that threatened another church that
had the backing of the denomination. After lots of twists and turns, the
denomination decided that they actually wanted two churches in the same town.
Problem was the supervisor was a bit of a legalist which Bob couldn't handle.
New leadership eventually brought Bob into the fold and
the church grew from meeting in a home to a congregation of more than 700
This is a hero-making story of an individual who has more to
offer than they can conceive. It's also the story of a man who is willing to
buck authority to cling to what he believes. If you're struggling with identity
issues, you'll find strength in Bob Mallord.
Part two of the podcast takes you on a journey of adventure,
evangelism, and other important issues as Bob explores life after pastoring a
successful church. Ever his own man, he left a thriving church to meet the
needs of his family, moving from California to Mississippi. Better buckle your
seatbelt for this one...