We are blessed with an incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated staff at New Hope. Led by God and combined with our equally committed group of volunteer Directors, Elders, and Ministry Leaders, the team at New Hope combines to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to fulfill our purpose to Love God, Love One Another, Serve One Another.
Coach John Brock, Senior Pastor
John Brock is the Senior/Teaching Pastor at New Hope Church.For nearly 20 years John has encouraged people with the story of Christ’s Love in his Prodigal journey, challenging the church on God’s mandate of reaching children as well as helping the broken and the poor. Coach strives to lead us all in God’s Word to be more Christ-like while realizing we all – without exception – are humble failures who are nonetheless subject to receiving God’s grace and mercy. His impassioned messages are Bible-based, relevant, and inspiring, whether he is encouraging us to lay down our burdens, share our faith, lift each other up, give of ourselves, lean on each other, or surrender to God.
In 2007, John became the featured teacher at the New Hope Church and later the founding Pastor in 2008. Known as “Coach,” he has also served in men’s, youth and adult ministries at churches in Port Huron, Michigan and Warsaw, Indiana. He is a 1984 graduate of Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music (Now Cornerstone University), where he was a Bible and Broadcast Major.
John is also a 40-plus year veteran of both Christian and mainstream radio. Since 1988, he has helped in raising money for Christian radio stations and other Christian, non-profit ministries, such as The Salvation Army, Compassion International, K-Love Radio, and United Christian Broadcasters in the U.K. He enjoys training ministries in fundraising, hosts numerous fundraising events around the world, and is a frequent speaker at conferences.
Coach and his wife Heidi were married in 2003 and live in Tawas City with their dog, Radar. Heidi has been involved in church leadership and ministry for over 25 years and has a degree and background in management, marketing and public relations. They have an adult daughter, Ashlee that lives in Missouri.
Jamie Gearing, Office Manager
Working closely with Missions and keeping the office running like a well-oiled machine are Jamie’s main objectives. “What makes me love New Hope is the sense of family, the fellowship, and living life with people that love our Lord God!”
Trisha Szatkowski, Kids Director
Trisha is the tireless leader of the New Hope Kids programs, a responsibility she takes seriously and with an unending smile. She seems to draw energy from the little ones that swirl around her and gives it back to them as love. The New Hope team is committed to providing kids with a safe place to grow and discover Christ; and Trisha is undoubtedly the right person to lead us to our goal. “I love the people of New Hope, the energy, the commitment to our kids, and our outreach to seekers.”
Dennis Szatkowski, Worship Leader
Dennis has the dual role at New Hope of leading our worship team and ensuring that our technology always works. His musical and leadership skills and devotion appear to have no bounds as he guides the worship team musicians, and literally gives the congregation a voice to follow in our worship each Sunday. “I love that New Hope is a safe church that not only learns about the love of Christ but also goes out and shares that with others: Love God, Love One Another, and Do Stuff!”
Michell Bettega, Care, Prayer, Response (CPR) Director
Michell serves as the hands of help for those who are in need of some extra assistance and prayer in times of health uncertainty. She also coordinates families to getting their children to church camps. "I am excited about the vision New Hope continues to have and look forward to working with ministry leaders and staff wherever my gifts can best serve God and New Hope."
Wilma Kriebel, Custodial
Wilma helps everyone feel good by making everything look good. Her can-do spirit and willingness to give of herself gives true meaning to the New Hope refrain to . “I love that New Hope is a safe place where those who are working to improve themselves can come as they are, hear a captivating message, and find programs that help create an atmosphere that shows us that we are all in need of a Savior.”
Alyssa Wesley, Media Specialist
Alyssa creates media that is used throughout the church and various social platforms to help spread the word about New Hope current events, goals, and praises. "I feel very blessed and excited to work in an environment that allows me to grow in my faith, spread the word of God, and be creative all at the same time!"
The New Hope Pastor's Cabinet provide spiritual guidance to the leadership team and the congregation, making sure that we all stay focused on Jesus Christ and His purpose. This team is a volunteer extension of New Hope’s staff; their wisdom and guidance is sought after and appreciated by many. While they actively counsel the leadership team, they are a resource for all of us – never hesitate to reach out to any of them.
Sandy Brockenbrough “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:6-7
Elaine Dively “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.” ~ Isaiah 40:31 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Rob Pelton “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Joe VanderVeen “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” Psalm 46:10 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:4-6
Board of Directors
The New Hope Board of Directors coordinates with the leadership team to make sure each area of church activity is working in harmony - and within budget. Each director specializes in one Ministry but works to combine their knowledge to help each other, the staff, and the ministry leaders stay on course to achieve the New Hope objective to Love God, Love One Another, Serve One Another.
Laura Kendall ~ “From the first time that I walked into New Hope Church, I felt ‘at home’. It wasn’t the building, it was the people. Imperfect people just like me that love God and pray for one another. A place where building relationships is more important than building shrines. A place where God’s Word is taught in a way that can be applicable to everyday life.” Ministry: Children
Joe Aller ~ “I love the sense of family that I feel every time I walk through the doors.” Ministry: Fellowship
Lynnette Norton ~ “As we are becoming a family, I love watching how we love one another.” Ministry: Missions
Kim VanderVeen ~ “I love that this church was begun, from its first service, with the foundation of love.” Ministry: Worship
Mike Russell. Ministry: Building & Grounds
Nancy Skillman. Ministry: Finances
Each ministry at New Hope is led by an incredibly dedicated member who has heard a call to lead in an area they are passionate about. If you have a great idea for a new ministry, or want to get involved in helping lead a current program, please let us know!