Connecting people to each other, and our Savior Jesus Christ, is the central focus of our weekly Connect Groups here at New Hope Community Church and in the broader community outside our church walls.

New Hope Connect Groups are smaller groups of people meeting throughout the week, both here at the church & throughout the community to study the Bible, make new friends, serve the community and simply do life together.

Scroll down to see our Fall 2018 Connect Group and Sign Up Today! Fall Groups will begin the week of September 9th.

Connecting people to each other, and our Savior Jesus Christ, is the central focus of our weekly Connect Groups here at New Hope Community Church and in the broader community outside our church walls.

New Hope Connect Groups are smaller groups of people meeting throughout the week, both here at the church & throughout the community to study the Bible, make new friends, serve the community and simply do life together.

Scroll down to see our Fall 2018 Connect Group and Sign Up Today! Fall Groups will begin the week of September 9th.

Sunday Groups


Foundations of Worship (no book needed)

Group Leader: Mark Edington
General Connect Group
Location: New Hope Community Church – Room 4
Time: Sunday Morning 8:45 – 9:45 AM


Do you understand worship? If you’re going to worship in the freedom God desires, then you need to gain a deeper understanding of what worship is, how it works and how it should be done. This Connect Group will include a study of the Mosaic tabernacle from the perspective of a true worshipper. We’ll also explore the differences between praise and worship and the spiritual dynamics of each. If you desire to go deeper as a true worshipper of Jesus Christ, this is the group for you!

About the leader

Mark Edington

Mark is on the Pastoral staff at New Hope as the leader of our Connect Groups, as well as one of our Worship Leaders. Besides connecting people to each other and leading worship, Mark enjoys songwriting, photography and classic movies.


Foundations of Faith (no book needed)

Group Leader: Dan Zimmerle
General Connect Group
Location: New Hope Community Church – Room 5
Time: Sunday Morning 8:45 – 9:45 AM


“They that worship Me must worship Me in Spirit and in truth.”But, “What is truth?” This Connect Group study at New Hope is designed to address that question. We will cover subjects such as…Who is God?…What is meant by the deity of Christ?…Who is the person of the Holy Spirit and how does He engage our lives today?…What is the role of the church in the world?…and much, much more. If you’ve ever had questions like these, this group is perfect for you. Come join us. We look forward to seeing you there!

About the leader

Dan Zimmerle

Dan is passionate about Jesus Christ and desires all around him to experience the same.  His teaching always focuses on Christ, no matter the subject matter.  He believes that a Christ-centric approach to Christianity is both Biblical and personally rewarding.  Forty-seven years with Christ has taught him much.


The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness: How to Find Peace by
Forgiving Others and Yourself

Group Leader: Ron Creech
General Connect Group
Location: New Hope Community Church – Room 101
Time: Sunday Morning 8:45 – 9:45 AM


The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness isn’t just a clever title. In this Connect Group, we will go through an interactive process of forgiveness that is simple, profound, and life-changing. Together, we will unpack Jesus’ teaching about the consequences of unforgiveness in our lives. This group will help us recognize and respond to our own secret wounds and the devastation that unforgiveness can produce. Join us on Sunday mornings and begin the journey towards healing.

About the leader

Ron Creech

Ron has been attending NHCC for 16 years. His wife is Laurie, and he has three daughters, Lauren, Anna Claire, and Grace, as well as a granddaughter Taytum. He has had the privilege of serving as a deacon and elder here at New Hope, as well as being a respected teacher. He’s a firm believer in grace and mercy, and the power of prayer, and the right to pursue a relentless, unrestricted relationship with Jesus Christ.


Uncommon Life

Group Leaders: Scot & Tonya Whitaker
Activity Connect Group – Volleyball/Badminton
Location: New Hope Community Church – Field
Time: Sunday Evening 5:00 – 6:30 PM


In this Activity Connect Group, we will work together to strengthen the core of your life and faith, while having fun playing some volleyball & badminton. This group will serve to help you live an uncommon life of integrity and honor, while creating a life of real significance and impact, as we walk together with the Lord.

About the leaders

Scot & Tonya Whitaker

Scot and Tonya have both lived in middle TN since the 70s – yes, longer than many of you have been alive!  They have been married for 22 years and have two daughters and one grandson.  They have attended New Hope for almost the entirety of their married life.  When they are not working, attending NHCC, enjoying leading Connect Groups, or playing with their grandchild, they enjoy spending time outside, kayaking, hiking, etc.  Oh and they love FOOD – both making it and trying new local eateries.


Starting Point: A Conversation About Faith

Group Leaders: Lori & Mike Floyd
General Connect Group
Location: The Floyd’s Home
Time: Sunday Evening 6:00 – 7:30 PM


Everything has a starting point—your life, your relationships, your education, your career. Sometimes we forget that faith has a starting point as well. For some of us, our faith journeys began in childhood. For others, you developed a framework of faith based on personal experience. Or maybe you had no faith at all. Too often, a faith formed in childhood isn’t strong enough to withstand the pressures of adult life. But what if you could find a new starting point for faith? This Connect Group will start a new conversation about faith. Whether you’re new to faith, curious about God, or coming back to church after some time away, this group will be a place where your opinions and beliefs are valued, and no question is off limits.

About the leaders

Lori & Mike Floyd

Mike and Lori have been attending New Hope for around 18 years. They have so enjoyed getting to know new friends in their Connect Groups and are looking forward to getting to know even more of the New Hope Family.

Monday Groups


Young at Heart Connect Group (retirees)

Group Leader: Paul Bane
Young at Heart Connect Group (retirees)
Location: New Hope Community Church – Big Room
Time: Monday Morning 9:00 – 10:00 AM


This 60 and over Connect Group is a great time of fellowship, discussion, and reflection upon our experiences throughout the highs and lows of life. Join Pastor Paul as we grow closer to God and each other while sharing our various backgrounds and how this stage of life is really our best years yet!

About the leader

Paul Bane

Paul Bane pursued a Master of Divinity degree at Oral Roberts School of Theology and received his first pastorate at a Free Methodist Church in a suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1977. Paul oversees the Pastoral Care ministry where he visits, cares and ministers to the congregants of New Hope in addition to leading the Young at Heart Connect Group.

Tuesday Groups


Prayer Group (no book needed)

Group Leader: Sheri Hutchison
General Connect Group
Location: New Hope Community Church – Room 4
Time: Tuesday Morning 9:00 – 10:00 AM


Join Sheri for a refreshing hour in this conversational prayer Connect Group. Overcome your fears of conversational prayer, and quickly learn how rewarding it can be. With the help of the Holy Spirit, it can lead to a new and more meaningful prayer life within your group, within your family, and in your own private devotion.

About the leader

Sheri Hutchison

Sheri is married to Todd Hutchison and together they have three married daughters and 10 grandchildren. She started attending New Hope in August 1988. She’s a housewife and keeps pretty busy with her children and grandchildren. She enjoys serving the church through the prayer ministry, the connect groups, and the nursery.


How to Really Love Your Adult Child: Building a Healthy Relationship in a Changing World

Group Leaders: May & David Bennett
General Connect Group
Location: New Hope Community Church – Room 101
Time: Tuesday Morning 10:15 – 11:45 AM


This Connect Group will explore effective approaches to developing and maintaining healthy relationships with adult children despite the changing world in which we live. We will discuss numerous contemporary topics including the “not so empty nest,” helping unsuccessful children, conflicts over lifestyle and faith, being an in-law and grandparent, and being caught between meeting our own needs and helping our grown children. The group will emphasize parenting 18-35 year olds, although the principles discussed can be applied more broadly. Through reading the study guide, exploring scripture, sharing experiences, and praying together, our goal is to further develop parenting skills and strengthen our Christian faith.

About the leaders

May & David Bennett

David and May Bennett live in Berry Farms (Franklin, TN) and have been married for 45 years.  They have three children, ranging from 31-40 years old, and a three-year-old granddaughter.  They are both retired—David worked in retail grocery and food sales, and May worked in health care.


Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Mom’s to Meet With Jesus

Group Leader: Erica Stone
Activity Connect Group – GrandMoms and Moms in the Park
Location: River Park on Concord Road
Time: Tuesday Morning 10:00 – 11:30 AM


Join Erica for a fun multi-generational Tuesday morning Connect Group for Moms and Grandmas who want to spend some time laughing, exploring God and connecting with other women. Bring your kiddos to the park to play while you hangout and learn from ladies in all different stages of life. YOU NEED THIS!

About the leaders

Erica Stone & Jeanna Murray

Erica is a nurse educator and Mom to Savannah and Isaac. She has enjoyed sharing life and making authentic new friends through Connect Groups!

Jeanna has been at NHCC since 1986.  She grew to understand about a personal relationship with the Lord here, raised her children in the church, and developed many deep relationships. She truly loves this place because of the people and wants to share God’s love as He leads.  She’s been married to David for 40 years, and they have two amazing daughters and three grandsons that make her heart overflow with joy!


If You Want to Walk On Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat

Group Leaders: Dana Sullivan & Charisse Claiborne
Activity Connect Group – Burgers and Bible
Location: Dana’s Home & Various Burger Joints
Time: Tuesday Evening 6:00 – 7:30 PM


Deep within you lies the same faith and longing that sent Peter walking across the wind-swept Sea of Galilee toward Jesus. This Connect Group invites you to consider the incredible potential that awaits you outside your comfort zone. Out on the risky waters of faith, Jesus is waiting to meet you in ways that will change you forever, deepening your character and your trust in God. As you study God’s word together, this group will also be on search of the best burger in Middle Tennessee. The choice is yours to know him as only a water-walker can, aligning yourself with God’s purpose for your life in the process. There’s just one requirement: If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat…and enjoy a good burger!

About the leader

Dana Sullivan

Dana lives and works in downtown Franklin. She’s been married for 34 years and loves to travel, hike, swim and read. She’s excited and looking forward to leading an Activity Connect Group this fall!

Wednesday Groups


M.S. & H.S. Student Connect Group (6th – 12th grade)

Group Leaders: Pete & Becca Wells
M.S. & H.S. Student Connect Group (6th – 12th Grade)
Location: New Hope Community Church – Student Building
Time: Wednesday Evening 6:00 – 7:30 PM


A place to belong, to make an impact, & to discover God. That’s what this Student Connect Group offers. Whether you have been going to church your whole life, or are curious and just exploring faith, this is the place for you. This is a dynamic environment where middle and high school students gather to explore their relationship with Christ and others. Students will soon discover multiple reasons to return each week to explore faith, friendships, and accountability.

About the leaders

Pete & Becca Wells

Pete came to New Hope after serving for three years as Pastor of Worship and Pastor of Student Ministries at Susquehanna Valley Church in Pennsylvania. Pete holds a bachelor of arts in both Biblical Studies and Worship Arts and is also a talented musician and songwriter.
Pete, along with his wife Becca, moved to the Nashville area because of their backgrounds in music. Along with giving direction and leadership to the youth group of New Hope, Pete is also one of our Worship Leaders.


Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood

Group Leader: Stephen Gosse
Men’s Connect Group
Location: New Hope Community Church – Room 4
Time: Wednesday Evening 6:00 – 7:30 PM


This Men’s Connect Group will dig deeper into what it means to step up and live a courageous life. Join Stephen and other Men at New Hope, as together we will unpack what biblical manhood looks like and what it means to be a godly, courageous man in today’s world.

About the leader

Stephen Gosse

Stephen has enjoyed the intimate atmosphere of all the connect groups he’s been a part of here at New Hope. They have been so helpful in drawing him closer to Jesus each and every week as he goes through his regular schedule. He can apply things that have been spoken to any decision that needs to be made. It’s like his weekly faith booster bonus to not just have the Word from our pastor but also fellow brothers and sisters to take on the week!


When You, Then God: 7 Things God Is Waiting to Do In Your Life

Group Leader: Jacqueline McDonald
Women’s Connect Group
Location: New Hope Community Church – Room 5
Time: Wednesday Evening 6:00 – 7:30 PM


One of the most overlooked principles in Scripture is the simple fact that how we respond to God actually matters. In this Women’s Connect Group, we will unpack many of the most important, most forgotten, and most misunderstood conditional statements in Scripture. Beginning with the Old Testament and walking through the life of Jesus, we will look at seven core promises of God and what you need to do in order to unlock them. Join other ladies at New Hope on Wednesday nights, and see what God has in store for you!

About the leader

Jacqueline McDonald

Jacqueline has been attending NHCC since 2005. She resides in Brentwood with her husband Sean and two-year-old twins, Vera and Ander. Jacqueline has previously enjoyed leading Bible studies including a Wednesday night Women’s Bible study and a Sunday morning parenting study.


Freeway: A Not-So-Perfect Guide to Freedom

Group Leaders: Austin & Cassy Duncan
Young Adult Connect Group
Location: New Hope Community Church – Room 101
Time: Wednesday Evening 6:00 – 7:30 PM


This Connect Group is all about freedom…and the Freeway is going to lead the way. Together, we will learn how to find true freedom by building upon God’s amazing grace, conversations with new friends, and a personal exploration of our pain and loss. During this connect group, alongside other young adults in your same stage of life, we will discuss and learn how to experience God’s love and freedom in your life. Come join us at New Hope every Wednesday this semester.

About the leaders

Austin & Cassy Duncan

Austin and Cassy relocated to Tennessee from West Texas after Austin was hired at New Hope to be the Communications Director. Cassy currently works as a Pharmacy Technician, and they live in Murfreesboro with their three dogs. Feel free to introduce yourself if you haven’t met them yet!


Windows of the Soul: Experiencing God in New Ways

Group Leaders: Randy & Kate Malchow
Activity Connect Group – Trail Walking/Disc Golf
Location: Crockett Park
Time: Wednesday Evening 6:30 – 7:45 PM


After sharing Scriptures and talking about the book, Windows of the Soul, this Connect Group will walk the paths/trails of Crockett Park together. At times, we will head into Crockett’s disc golf course that can be walked and/or played. The goal is to simply enjoy the outdoors as we connect with each other and God’s beautiful creation. Come join us for this Fun, Fall Activity Group!
*The purchase of the book for this Connect Group is optional.

About the leaders

Randy & Kate Malchow

Randy and Kate are excited to lead another Connect Group this fall.  After 20+ years moving around as an Army anesthesiologist, Randy accepted a position at Vanderbilt Medical Center in 2008 and most recently at the VA Hospital.  They have 3 wonderful young adult children and have been attending New Hope for 3 and a half years. Their life’s goal is to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” each and every day. They enjoy spending time with family and friends celebrating God’s creation and His goodness in the great outdoors any chance they get.

Thursday Groups


Mere Christianity

Group Leaders: Becky Lensch & Amanda Paramore
College Student Connect Group
Location: Becky & Amanda’s Apartment (near Belmont Campus)
Time: Thursday Evening 7:30 – 9:00 PM


Join Becky & Amanda, and other college students, for a fun-filled game night. This College Connect Group will also dive into the classic Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Together, you will explore the common ground upon which all Christians stand together. Whether you are already a follower of Christ, or are still seeking, this group will be an unequaled opportunity for believers and non-believers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.

About the leaders

Becky Lensch & Amanda Paramore

Becky is so excited to be leading this group in the fall! She is a senior music major and social justice minor from Little Rock, Arkansas. She loves music, art, coffee, and being outdoors. Amanda and she are looking forward to meeting you all!

Amanda is currently a student at Belmont. She like petting dogs and drinking coffee! She’s excited to meet everyone in the group this semester and is looking forward to being a leader for the College Student Connect Group.

Friday Groups


Detours: The Unpredictable Path to Your Destiny

Group Leaders: Josh & Sarah Huisman
General Connect Group
Location: The Huisman Home
Time: Friday Evening 7:00 – 8:30 PM


God has a plan for your life. More often than not, it’s a detour, one that can leave you feeling temporarily stalled and slowed down, which nobody likes. But Detours are necessary if any improvements are going to be made on the paths we travel. Detours are designed for our own good, regardless of how we view or feel about them. In this Connect Group, led by Pastor Josh Huisman and his wife Sarah, we will examine the life of Joseph and how God worked through detours to get Joseph exactly where he needed to be to accomplish God’s Will.

About the leaders

Josh & Sarah Huisman

Josh and Sarah Huisman began attending New Hope in 2006. Josh became the senior pastor of the church in 2014 and will be the primary leader of this Connect Group.