• dr ryan whitson - Lead pastor

    Ryan grew up as a beach kid from Oceanside, California. He attended Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA) where he played baseball and began his journey as a follower of Jesus. After graduation he went on staff with The Navigators where he met his now wife, Laura. In 2000 they were married and soon after Ryan transitioned to serving in the local church as a pastor. Ryan has a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty University (Biblical Studies and Church Ministries) and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Biola University (Philosophical Theology). In addition, he is the author of two books (Dangerous Discipleship, Reasons to Believe) and several articles. Ryan and Laura have four kids. Now you know a little more about me


    - I look forward to getting to know you and helping you grow in your relationship with Jesus.


    Things I’m Thankful For

    My wife and kids, God’s grace and the opportunity to serve at New Hope Church.


    I Enjoy

    Family time, evening walks with my wife, popcorn movie nights, time with friends, home improvement projects, playing guitar, coffee shops, and reading.


    Favorite Movies/TV

    Dan in Real Life, The Greatest Showman, Remember the Titans, The Avengers, I Can Only Imagine, to name a few...


    Favorite Music Groups/CDs

    Bebo Norman, Hillsong, and various musicals (e.g. Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Les Miserables).


    I Hope To Someday

    To tour Israel with my family.


    Some Favorite Books Read

    Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey, The Universe Next Door by James Sire, Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges, and anything by C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Henri Nouwen, and J.P. Moreland.


    Favorite Verses

    O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1

  • Tom Hein - senior teaching pastor

    Tom Hein grew up in the small northeast Iowa town of Elkader. He attended the University of Iowa where he came to know Jesus as his Savior, met his wife, and graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. After two years of questioning and thinking about his life calling, (whether he was called to continue in the engineering field or into full time pastoral ministry), he attended Denver Seminary where he received a degree in Biblical Studies. Tom has served at New Hope Church since 2000, and is the first pastor of the church. He and his wife, Kathleen, have two adult sons.


    Things I’m Thankful For

    My family, church family, God’s amazing grace to me, the opportunity to serve the Lord every day, fairly good health, and on most days...my dog.


    I Enjoy

    Football, deer hunting, reading, dinner and movies with Kathleen, shopping at Goodwill, using restaurant coupons, trying to be funny on Facebook, and keeping in touch with family.


    Favorite Movies/TV

    MASH, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Remember the Titans, Hoosiers.


    Favorite Music Groups/CDs

    Fernando Ortega, Bach, Chopin, Chicago, Rascal Flatts, Johnny Cash, Jars of Clay, Luciano Pavarotti, Bebo Norman.


    I Hope To Someday

    Play more golf, shoot a 14 point buck with an arrow, help ignite an expository Bible based teaching revolution among churches around the world, visit the Colosseum in Rome and the Areopagus in Athens.


    Some Favorite Books Read

    Knowing God by J.I. Packer, Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy, The Last Juror by John Grisham.


    Favorite Verses

    I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. John 5:24

  • Jake sanders - youth pastor

    Jake Sanders grew up in the city of San Jose, California and met Christ at the age of 10. He moved out to Iowa to go to Bible College at Faith Baptist and by Junior year was calling Iowa home. He's done everything from polishing floors to tutoring math to new construction plumbing, but is very excited to serve as New Hope's Youth Pastor. Serving alongside him is his bride, Hanna.


    Things I’m Thankful For

    Hanna - who challenges me and makes everything more fun. My Family - both back home and here at New Hope. And the chance I get to hang out with students and make it my job!


    I Enjoy

    Cooking or trying new food, playing board games with friends, camping and dreaming of fixing up my motorcycle to ride cross-country.


    Favorite Movies/TV

    Cutthroat Kitchen w/Alton Brown, Good Eats, Roadkill, Top Gear


    Favorite Music Groups/CDs

    Alan Jackson, Luke Combs, Matt Maher, Mercyme (Lifer is the best album ever)


    I Hope To Someday

    Drive or Ride through every state.


    Some Favorite Books Read

    Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos, Terry Crews Biography - Manhood, and Basic Theology by Charles Ryrie.


    Favorite Verses

    But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - Ephesians 2:4-5

  • Katie Fyfe - Worship Team Co-Leader

    Katie Fyfe grew up going to New Hope Church as her parents were one of the families to plant the church. Growing up at New Hope was definitely a blessing in her life, but she really found her faith and relationship with God after going to college. Through mistakes, journeying, and a time in the "wilderness" God spoke to her and continued to pursue her with grace and compassion. She met her husband, Brian, at Central College, where she attended majoring in Elementary Education and playing softball. She spent two years teaching 4th grade on the South side of Des Moines until they were blessed with a baby girl. Now, Katie is a stay at home mother to their growing family along with their two pups and serves as one of the leaders of the worship team.


    Things I'm thankful for:

    My humble and wise husband, that I was raised in a Christian home, our growing family, and for the loving and authentic community of people that surround us in this town!


    I enjoy:

    Authentic community over a pot of good coffee, listening to music and singing, a book I can't put down, empowering others, creating things.


    Favorite Movies/TV:

    Downton Abbey, When Calls the Heart, Star Wars


    Favorite Music Groups:

    All Sons and Daughters, Hillsong United, Audrey Assad, Tenth Avenue North, David Crowder


    I hope to Someday:

    Travel to Wales and Ireland, walk where Jesus walked, live in the country where we can have more chickens (and possibly goats?!), and own my own coffee shop with my family that creates a warm and inviting atmosphere and a drive-through! :)


    Some Favorite Books Read:

    Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen, Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers (honestly.....anything written by Francine Rivers is amazing and God speaks to me through her books.)


    Favorite Verse:

    1 Timothy 4:12 - Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

  • Gabe Parker - Worship team co-leader

    Gabe grew up in Mount Vernon, Iowa and graduated from Lisbon High School in Lisbon, Iowa. He grew up attending Lisbon United Methodist church where he came to know Christ as his Lord and Savior. He attended Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. More important than his degree, during this time Gabe learned more deeply the value of Christian community and began to more fully find his identity in Christ. Shortly after graduating college he met his now wife, Jill. Jill’s experiences in teaching led him to pursue a degree in education himself. In May of 2013 he graduated from Drake University with a Master of Arts in Teaching and now teaches Computer Technology at ADM Middle School. Jill also teaches in the ADM school district and they have been blessed with a daughter and son. Gabe and his family have attended New Hope since 2015 and have enjoyed growing with the church. Involvement in life groups, Bible studies and Sunday morning worship has helped them to create strong connections and has also afforded them opportunities to serve both inside and outside of the church walls. 


    Things I’m Thankful For

    A beautiful and growing family. The joy I find at home is overwhelming. Also, a supportive and passionate group of co-workers at ADM Middle School.


    I Enjoy

    Working and building. While relatively unskilled, the idea of creating something new or bettering something pre-existing is super fulfilling. Walks with my wife and daughter are high up on the list also.


    Favorite Movies/TV

    A River Runs Through It, Star Wars, Stranger Things


    Favorite Music Groups/CDs

    Iron and Wine, Josh Garrels, Shane and Shane, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Rush


    Some Favorite Books Read

    Desiring God by John Piper, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, Bridge to Terabithia, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom


    Favorite Verses

    Galatians 5, specifically 5:1 - “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

  • Michelle jenkins - Office administrator

    Michelle grew up in a small town of Linden, Iowa where she lived on a farm with her family. Shortly after graduating high school she met her husband Jerry. After getting married in 1988 and moving to Adel, they had two children. Having had five major jobs in her life, Michelle has a wide skill set of knowledge and experience that have helped shape her into the person that she is today. From construction office manager, to Pharmacy tech, and even the occasional softball coach, Michelle can thrive in any setting.

    Described by her family as a ‘social butterfly’, Michelle enjoys getting to know everyone both inside and outside of New Hope Church. With a bubbly personality and a contagious energy, Michelle has a passion for serving both in the church and in the community.


    Things I am Thankful For:

    My loving and forgiving husband of 30 years and my amazing kids. That God loves me for who I am and has made life fulfilling


    I Enjoy

    I enjoy camping with friends and golfing. I love to walk with my husband and our golden retriever Amazing Grace and teaching fitness classes anywhere and everywhere. I want to learn to enjoy quiet downtime more as we grow older.


    Favorite Movies / TV

    The Notebook and so many musicals like singing in the rain and Wicked. Anything live on the stage are always a hit with me.


    Favorite Music Groups

    Building 429 and Mercy Me but, I am a country girl at heart and George Straight, Reba McIntyre, Garth Brooks, and Dierks Bentley are my favorite playlists.


    I Hope to Someday

    Be the COOLEST Grandma and travel to all 50 states with my husband.

     

    Some Favorite Books Read

    The Left Behind series, Hunger Games and the movies, Fitness Books, Cook Books, and my latest is UnWelcomed as my homework project!


    Favorite Verses

    I have so many favorites and so many I lean on daily.

    Trust the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understand. Proverbs 3:5

    Romans 15:13, Jeremiah 29:11, Roman’s 8:28, Psalm 46:1 and of course Philippines 4:13