Senior Pastor Search

Welcome to our Senior Pastor Search HUB!

To our church family, THANK YOU for showing up as the beautiful body of NewHope! For supporting the church and staff over the past months. We have all greatly felt your prayers, love, and encouragement and know that God’s best is truly yet to come!

NewHope is filled with thanks for our history, as well as excitement for our next chapter to begin!

Here, you will find our newsletters, congregation surveys and helpful resources to stay engaged throughout the search journey. If you have feedback for the search team, send it to:

Please be assured that our Search Team is 100% dedicated to finding the ideal Senior Pastor who can reach, teach, and release us to impact the world for Christ! We ask for your continued prayers in this transition season and trust God to keep us focused on our mission and ministry work as we serve Him faithfully.

March 9, 2023 - Frequently asked questions and timeline

As March rolls in, our Senior Pastor search is ramping up! Lots of behind-the-scenes work has been unfolding as we are about to enter candidate interviews. At this stage, we thought it would be helpful to share a few frequently asked questions that we’ve received.

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January 11, 2023 - Ideal candidate profile and job description developed

Regarding the Senior Pastor search, the Personnel Team has been hard at work.... Using input from the Personnel Team, the Executive Team, church staff and others, we developed an ideal candidate profile, and wrote the job description.

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November 2, 2022 - We signed with Vanderbloemen

We have signed with Vanderbloemen, the only Christian Executive Search Firm with membership in the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) to secure top candidates for the role. William Vanderbloemen, CEO and Founder, is leading the search for us!

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Senior Pastor Search Team

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William Vanderbloemen

Founder & CEO - Vanderbloemen

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Pastor Jonathan Lewis

Superintendent / NC East District Wesleyan Church

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Brook Houchens


Attending since 2009

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Jim Kitchen


Attending since 2006

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Blake Stansell


Attending since 2011

Photo of Kara Mason

Kara Mason

Attending since 2019

Photo of Eric Michaux

Eric Michaux

Attending since 2015

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Dr. Stephanie Eissens

Attending since 2009

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Pastor Ernest Mullins

Attending since 2008

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Bruce Hollis

Attending since 2009

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Harold Hicks

Attending since 2011

Photo of Dr. Brett Blair

Dr. Brett Blair

Attending since 2010

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Patrick Weber

CFO NewHope Staff

Attending since 2019

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Fran Helpingstine

Executive Pastor NewHope Staff

Attending since 2005