Pastor & Staff

Rodney Carter

New Hope Church Pastor

Rodney joined the New Hope family at the end of June 2021.

I grew up in Missouri, was born again just out of high school. Attended Central Bible College in Springfield Mo.

Attended Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow Ok.

I have 2 wonderful daughters, one lives in Texas, the other is in Colorado.

I have worked with ministry or attended school in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, and Ohio.

I have a Master’s Degree in Ministry from Ministry International Institute in Clinton, TN and I’m currently working on my Doctorate program.

I’m looking very forward to being a part of the Chesapeake / New Hope Family.
Gods Grace & Peace
– Rodney Carter

Office phone (740) 886-5311
Parsonage phone: (740) 886-6302
E-mail pastor Rodney:


Church Administrator

E-mail Sara

New Hope, This is Sara how can I help you. That’s what most people experience over the phone when they contact New Hope, But when they walk through the door M-F/ 9-1 they get a big smile and someone that wants to eagerly see them, even those uninvited. Hi, I’m Sara and I’m secretary at New Hope. I’ve been a member or attended New Hope since I was a child. I was baptized here in the late 80′s, I was married here in the mid 90′s and I worship here most Sundays. I’ve been married to my husband for 19 years and we have one son. I’ve have 3 dogs one cat. My family loves to camp and spend weekends at Motocross races. I have a small addiction to all things sparkly. And shoes, I love fun shoes.

What I do at New Hope, answer phones, send and pick up mail, take food pantry orders, bulletins and newsletters, more phone calls, cards and letters, visit with members that stop by for information or to drop something off. Play phone tag, leave messages, return calls. You know all the normal office type stuff. When I took this job, I didn’t think it would have a big effect on my life, but it has. I feel like I’m making a difference, be it small but it’s a difference all the same. Sometimes a smile will ease the stress of asking for help. Sometimes it’s just a friendly voice on the other end of the phone, but it matters. I may be a bit to bubbly or smile a little too big or laugh a little to loud, but it’s really hard to box those things up when I know that I’m helping do Gods work. Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

Tobyn Wells

Director of Parish Formation and Communications

E-mail Tobyn Wells

Youth ministry at New Hope has always been important. Tobyn joined us in December of 2012 as the fourth youth director in New Hope’s past. She brought with her more than 20 years of paid and volunteer experience; leading youth and consulting in youth and children’s ministries. Starting in 2019 the position changed from youth director to Parish Formation with a larger emphasis in church growth, programming, and communications.

Youth Page

Susan Smith

Music Director

Sherie Scott

Nursery Attendant

Patience Roberts