ELDER TEAM

Mike Keith

Lead Pastor/Elder

Mike's passion for serving the Lord began as an eleven-year old boy at Bible camp. He remembers well that time in his childhood when he committed his life to Christ to serve Him in whatever way He desired. Ministry opportunities that God has blessed him with include 22 years as a team pastor, eleven short-term missions trips, and five years of inter-church pastoral ministries. Since 2006, he has been highly privileged to pastor at New Hope Community Church. The love of his life is Brenda, whom he took as his bride in 1975. Mike and Brenda have been blessed with eight children and currently have nineteen grandchildren! 

Sam Newell

Associate Pastor/Elder

Sam is passionate about the local church and has had the blessing of serving in full-time church ministry since graduating from Washington State University in 2010. While working as a Family and Outreach Pastor, Sam had the opportunity to complete a Master of Divinity degree from A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary, and is now excited to be a part of the team here at New Hope Community Church as an Associate Pastor. Sam has been married to his wonderful wife,  Rachel, since 2011 and they have been blessed with two kids, William and Evangeline. 

Lee Woody

Elder

Lee has served in various capacities from usher to board member to lay pastor in churches around the world.  Lee served at Focus on the Family for a few years before going to work at Boeing.  Lee and his wife, Michelle, are the President and Treasurer of a European-based ministry called Hands To Serve.  He has also served as a board member of Healing Hearts, which is a locally based international ministry that provides counseling and support to post-abortive women.

Ford Rathbun

Elder


Ford met the Savior in 1969 while serving in the US Army. He felt God’s call on his life to serve Him in ministry. Ford and his wife Laurie count it a blessing to serve Him here at New Hope.

Joseph Keith

Elder

Driven by a love for the church, Joseph serves as the Church Engagement Director for Youth Missions International. This love was fostered by the impact of New Hope in his life, as well as by his degree in Bible Exposition. He has served as an elder since 2019. His wife Taylor actively serves at New Hope and their ministry at YMI. They love raising their three children at this church.

Mike Honeycutt

Elder Emeritus

Mike has attended New Hope since 2011 with his wife, Dee Dee (Elizabeth).  He serves as an elder and a teacher at New Hope and enjoys time with his wife and two daughters, Michelle and Rachel.  He likes hiking, writing, painting, and reading.

Casey Zachary

Elder Emeritus

The Zachary family currently lives in Haiti as missionaries with Real Hope for Haiti. Casey and Briana are grateful they could prepare for the mission field through education, but believe what has prepared them the most has been sharing life with their brothers and sisters at New Hope Community Church and hearing God's Word clearly taught, which has helped them towards spiritual maturity.