Pastor Gerry Miller was called as New Hope Church's senior pastor at its family night / business meeting on July 20, 2008, following the retirement of founding pastor Rev. David W. Yount.
Gerry joined the staff of New Hope Church as Associate Pastor in June 2006. He has since been assigned to oversee several ministries, including the newly organized Couples Ministry, Chess Ministry and College Ministry . He came to know the Lord as his personal Savior while in college. Gerry’s primary secular work has been in management. He brings with him proven business principles which he aims to utilize in fulfilling his pastoral calling. Gerry is a very gifted teacher and an eloquent preacher of the Word. He and his wife Joyce have 6 children—Greg, Peter, Katie, Ellen, Luke and Leslie. His favorite hobby is tennis. His life verse is found in Ephesians 3:20: “Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.”
Becca Parks (nee Williams) has been our church's part-time Youth Director since October of 2014. She has served in New Hope Church’s AWANA, junior high and high school programs for over 10 years. Becca came to know the Lord at the age of 5 and has striven to serve the Lord since then. While at the Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) Becca worked as a Resident Assistant for both lower and upper classman females. She graduated from ONU in May 2013 with a degree in social work. After graduation Becca worked as a Child Welfare Specialist for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. She currently still holds a part-time position with this agency as a Non-DCFS Adoption Specialist. On June 21, 2015, Rebecca married Sergio Parks. The two met while attending Olivet Nazarene University. Sergio also works with the youth at the church. He assists Becca in leading the group, events and mentoring the young men. In her spare time, Becca enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, reading, exercising, and discovering new places. Her life verse is Matthew 6:34: "Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Nila is New Hope’s Director for Worship and Arts Ministries. She came to know Jesus Christ as her personal Savior when she was 17 as a result of the clear presentation of the gospel by a Campus Crusade for Christ staff at a choir retreat. She has been involved in music ministry for more than 40 years with her husband Ed, an accomplished pianist and musical director. Nila and Ed have 2 children on earth, Dennis (married to Lorajoy Tira), and Via; 2 daughters in heaven, Trixia and Charlene; and four grandchildren, Alyssa, Armin, Santiago & Isabel. They love to travel with family to nice vacation places and scenic locations in the US, Canada, Asia and Europe. Nila loves to read books written by Christian authors Max Lucado, Ann Voskamp and Calvin Miller, and by historical fiction writer Bodie Thoene. She also delights in leading women's Bible studies and sharing Bible discoveries. Her favorite Scripture verse is Galatians 6:9—“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”