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Ralph Moore

My wife, Ruby, and I started both Hope Chapel Hermosa Beach in California. Twelve years and 30 church plants later, we partnered with Aaron and Stephanie Suzuki and a team of 26 others to plant Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (now Anchor Church). Lately we and a wonderful team planted a new church, Hope Chapel Honolulu.

Besides being church planters, we are happy parents and grandparents. A former surfer,  I occasionally get in the water with a stand-up paddle board. Currently, I mostly spend my free time walking, reading and hanging out at the pool.

Like A Coconut Tree…

After starting the launching the first church plant from our newly-planted congregation, a man named Jack Hayford prophesied that the ministry would become “like a coconut tree, dropping coconuts that took root around the world.” At the time, we lived in California and neither of us had ever seen a coconut tree.

That word picture accurately describes the “Hope Chapel movement.”Beginning with just 12 people, the ‘movement’ mushroomed to more than 2,200 churches worldwide. Most of these churches were planted by pastors who were discipled into ministry by someone in their home church.


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