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

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Reece Whitehead

Executive Pastor of Ministry

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Abbey Ferguson

NH Young Adults Director

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Adrienne Barnhart

Associate NH Missions Pastor

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Alexis Roraback

Discipleship Pastor

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Amy Smith

Associate Ministry Leader NH Kids

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Ashley Pece

Family Ministry and First Contact Pastor

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Austin Spence

Director of Production

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Bobby Craig

Audio Engineer

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Bonnie Berry

Associate Ministry Leader - Finance

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Carmen Davis

Director of Cleaning Services

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Erick Pece

Director of IT

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Harrison Strickland

Associate Creative and Marketing Manager

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Jaden Steffy

NH Kids and NH Students Director

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Jill Weber

Administrative Assistant

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Johnell Bright Jr.

Production Coordinator

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Mike Stamps

Life Groups Pastor

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Pam Watson

NH Missions Pastor

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Patrick Weber

Director of Finance and HR

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Rob Dannenberg

Administrative Office Manager

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