Pastor & Staff

Anthony Thomas

New Hope Church Pastor

“That they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:21-23)

These words of Jesus found in the Gospel of John have been foundational for me in all of my time in ministry. In and through Christ we are called to be ONE, a united Body that strives to serve all in the community. The love that is Christ has no limitations, it knows no bounds, and it is not conditional. Nothing we do can earn it or lose it. We may refuse it, but it is always there. In the same way, we are to act in this manner with everyone, those we know and those that we meet for the first time. We are the hands and feet of Christ in our church, in our community, and in our world.

As we move into this new chapter of New Hope UMC, I pray that we will continue to be the Body of Christ as we grow closer to one another, reaching out in healing love; as we grow in faith and studying of God’s Holy Word; and as we strive to be a church that is part of this community, not just in this community. I encourage everyone to be in prayer for this body of faith, for those already here, those who have not been here for some time, those have never been here, and those who might enter for the first time. Pray for God’s guidance in all that we do.

May the God of Grace which surpasses all understanding be with you all at all times.

– Pastor Anthony Thomas

Office phone (740) 886-5311
Parsonage phone: (740) 886-6302
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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