"Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood."
Josh has a passion for creativity and is always looking for new and interesting ways to share the timeless truths of the gospel. It is not uncommon for him to use music, drama and storytelling throughout his messages.
Josh, along with his wife, Sarah, began their time at New Hope in the youth ministry. For eight years they served the teenagers before Josh answered the call and transitioned into the senior pastor position. In May 2013 he received a Master of Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Today, he is excited to lead New Hope Community Church into a bright future that will involve a God-sized time of growth, both physically and spiritually.
His favorite scripture brings the encouragement and hope that every believer who loves the Lord should know. Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."
Josh and his wife, Sarah, and their children Tyler, Jordan, Mary Beth, and Alyssa make their home in Nashville.
"I believe God loves all people, regardless of where they've been, what they've done, or even what they will do. Because of that, I feel called to deliver a biblical message in a common sense way that lets people know Jesus is ready to receive them with open arms."
JOSH HUISMAN, SENIOR PASTOR
Meet the Staff
Children's Ministry Director
& Create Hope Studios Director
Creative Arts Director
Austin is married to Cassy and came to New Hope from West Texas back in 2018. Austin is the Associate Pastor at New Hope, and is responsible for seeing our church grow through Connect Groups, overseeing the experience of first time guests, and leading those interested through our new member class, New Hope 101. He also oversees New Hope's communication, branding, and media through online platforms as well as print and marketing. His desire is to see everyone in our community know and love Jesus and each other through genuine community. He loves playing guitar, coffee, and writing.
Lauren is a native of Nashville, and is married to Bo. For as long as she can remember Lauren has had a heart and passion for taking care of children. In her mid-twenties God called Lauren into children's ministry, and eleven years later, she still feels blessed to serve children and their families. Lauren's desire is to equip your children with a love for Jesus and His word, but she also desires to come alongside you as parents with prayer, love, encouragement and support, walking this journey together.
Sutton came to New Hope after serving five years as the Worship Leader of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, Missouri. Sutton grew up in the Kansas City area and earned his Bachelor of Science from William Jewell College. It was during his undergraduate studies that Sutton discerned his call to ministry and met his wife, Madison. Outside of music, Sutton and Madison enjoy spending their free time playing golf. Sutton's favorite passage of scripture is Psalm 150 that ends with a call for us all: "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." He believes that praising God should be at the center of all of our lives and ministries, so he cannot wait for every Sunday when the Church gathers to do just that.
High School Director
Middle School Director
Gavin and his wife Maddi moved from Ohio to Nashville in February of 2022. He first felt a call to youth ministry as a junior in high school, later graduating from Ohio Christian University with a B.A. in Youth Ministry. He has a passion for leading youth to Christ and helping them to both build and grow in their relationship with God. The Great Commission in Matthew 28 tells us to "go and make disciples," which is Gavin's goal for both himself and the students he leads.
Sarah, along with her husband and Senior Pastor, Josh, began their time at New Hope in the youth ministry. For eight years they served the teenager before josh answered the call and transition into the senior pastor position. Sarah now serves the middle school ministry at New Hope, teaching on a weekly basis, taking students on trips, and making the ministry a blast for all of the students involved. Josh and Sarah, and their children Tyler, Jordan, Mary Beth, and Alyssa make their home in Nashville.
Karyn grew up in the gold-country foothills of northern California, and came to New Hope in September of 2021, after making a 2300 mile move across the country, trusting unknown futures to a known God, with the simple prayer of asking God to open doors she and her husband were meant to walk through. Long story short: every door they tried was flung open wide! She brings with her 5 years of church administration experience and a cumulative ten+ years of administrative/management experience. Karyn and her husband Marcus have two boys through the gift of adoption and foster care adoption: Gideon and Asher. She feels that her position at New Hope is an almost tangible hug from God, recalling the verse that reads: "cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)