(back, left to right) Pastor Brian & Melissa Baker, Youth Pastors / Krista & Steve Merrill, Worship Leaders
Pastor Brian & Melissa are new to the ministry position and are excited to see what God has for them and the Ignite Youth Group!
They have been married for 10 years and have 3 amazing and silly sons, Nick, 9; Issac, 6 & Ethan, 3.
Pastor Debi started out working in children's church soon after she was saved, evenutally becoming a Children's Pastor where she spent 30+ years loving on children of all ages and helping them to grow in their knowledge of God. Jim has worked in video ministry as well as being a deacon for 20+ years, church treasurer and Sunday School Superintendent. hey have been in the ministry for over 30 years, serving in many different roles. They have a passion to see people come to know the Lord as their personal Lord and Savior.
Pastor Debi & Jim have been married since 1976 and have 4 wonderful adult children; Jenifer (Jeremy), Kendil (David), Brian (Melissa) and Brooke (Major) and 12 amazing grandchildren.
Krista & Steve love the Lord and are passionate about seeing God work through His people through worship. They are also heading up our 20-Somethings group. Steve has a 'blow your mind' testimony and Krista has traveled the world.
Krista & Steve have been married for 5 years and have a beautiful son, Davey, 1.
Pastor Jeremy has been our Associate Pastor since 2015. Prior to moving into the role of Associate Pastor, he and his wife, Jenifer, worked in children's ministry for 19 years and have been Children's pastors for 12, including 3 years working together at New Hope. Pastor Jenifer, our Children's Pastor, grew up in a Christian home and always knew she would be involved in ministry in one way or another. While children have always been on both of their hearts, Pastor Jeremy felt a call from God to move out of children's ministry and into a more active role in 'big' church. Pastor Jenifer loves seeing children come to the Lord and have a deep, personal relationship with Him. She wants children to realize that having a relationship with Jesus is more than coming to a "fun" service each Sunday. It is important for the children to realize that, even at their young age, they can pray and read their Bible and live a life of service and worship.
Pastor Jeremy and Jenifer have been married for 17 years and have 4 amazing children, Lylea, 18; Jeremiah, 16; Grace, 15 and Zachariah, 13.