Our Team

Dr. Benji Kelley

Founding and Senior Pastor

Pastor Benji is from Sumter, South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1994 with an Associate’s Degree in Religion and a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Interdisciplinary Studies.

He then studied at Duke University’s Divinity School where he received two Master’s Degrees in Divinity and The Theology and Practice of Christian Preaching. The Kelley family then traveled to Kentucky where Pastor Benji received his Doctoral Degree in Christian Leadership and Preaching from the prestigious Beeson Pastor Program at Asbury Theological Seminary. In 2002, Pastor Benji and his family returned to North Carolina and started NewHope Church.

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Fran Helpingstine

Executive Pastor of Operations and Finance

Reece Whitehead

Executive Pastor of Ministry

Abbey Ferguson

NH Young Adults Director

Adrienne Barnhart

Associate NH Missions Pastor

Alexis Roraback

Discipleship Pastor

Amy Smith

Associate Ministry Leader NH Kids

Ashley Pece

Family Ministry and First Contact Pastor

Ashton Taylor

Executive Assistant

Austin Spence

Director of Production

Bobby Craig

Audio Engineer

Bonnie Berry

Associate Ministry Leader - Finance

Carmen Davis

Director of Cleaning Services

Erick Pece

Director of IT

Harrison Strickland

Associate Creative and Marketing Manager

Jaden Steffy

NH Kids and NH Students Director

Jill Weber

Administrative Assistant

Johnell Bright Jr.

Production Coordinator

Mike Stamps

Life Groups Pastor

Pam Watson

NH Missions Pastor

Patrick Weber

Director of Finance and HR

Rob Dannenberg

Administrative Office Manager

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