Paul Bane

Pastoral Care

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.

Ten years later, Paul accepted an opportunity to pastor New Hope Community Church – where he faithfully served as the senior pastor from 1987 to 2014. Today, Paul oversees the Pastoral Care ministry where he visits, cares and ministers to the congregants of New Hope.

Joshua 1:8 “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

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Mark Edington

Connections Pastor

Mark is the newbie on the Pastoral staff at New Hope, as the leader of our Connect Groups, as well as one of our Worship Leaders. He comes to us after serving a year on staff with The Journey Church in Manhattan NYC, and prior to that in Anchorage Alaska as the Worship/Teaching Pastor at Faith Christian Community, as well as the Founder and Dean of The Community School of Worship. Mark holds a bachelor of arts from Hardin-Simmons University in his hometown of Abilene Texas.

Mark, along with his wife Lisa, and two teenage girls Samantha and Emily, moved back to the Nashville area, after living here right out of college, to get back to family and one of their favorite places on earth…Middle Tennessee. Besides connecting people to each other and leading worship, Mark enjoys songwriting, photography and classic movies.

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Pete Wells

Youth Director (6th-12th Grade)

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.

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Lauren Cochran

Preschool & Children's Director (Birth-5th Grade)

Lauren Cochran is a native of Nashville. 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. 11 years later, she still feels blessed to serve children and their families.

Lauren and her husband Bo are parents to 4 beautiful children: Braden, Corbin, Cooper and Cora Mae. “As a couple we believe that parenting is one of the toughest jobs we have. But with much prayer, God’s word and strong involvement in the body of Christ, we believe you and we can raise Godly young men and women with a heart for Jesus.”

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.

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Austin Duncan

Director of Communications

As a native Texan, Austin came to New Hope from the West Texas area to pursue his passion for using his gifts to further God’s kingdom. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech in Digital Printmaking and a Master of Arts from the Art Institute of Dallas in Design and Media Management.

Before starting at New Hope, Austin developed his desire to work in a church through his freelance and professional work, completing motion graphics projects for West Texas churches every Sunday for the last four and a half years and working as a Graphic Designer for Central Christian Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additionally, he has spent time working as a Web Developer and Graphic Designer at a West Texas advertising agency and as a Project Manager at a custom web and software development company. Through working in a church combined with his other past positions, Austin developed a deep passion for working in a church and the skills to do so effectively. When not working, Austin is either spending time outdoors, woodworking in his backyard shop, or in the kitchen trying new recipes.


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