Director of Missions
On February 3, 2013 members of New Hope called the Reverend Eddie Spencer from Gastonia, North Carolina to be our new senior pastor. Eddie’s first Sunday preaching at NHP was April 21, 2013.
Eddie and Roxanne are looking forward to beginning ministry at New Hope. With their background and interests, we believe that they will easily fit into the life of our church.
Eddie and Roxanne have three children—Robert, Andrew, and Rachel. Eddie earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1989 from Erskine Seminary. Eddie’s first church, Shepherd Road ARP in Lakeland, FL grew from 15 people to over 700 during the 10 years he served them. He has served the First ARP Church in Gastonia, NC for 13 years and has seen that congregation double in size. Eddie has been through three building campaigns—two in Lakeland and the addition of a main building in Gastonia. Eddie enjoys golf, basketball, and reading.
Interested in reading Pastor Eddie’s blog page? Click this link: Kingdom Calling
Stu is proud to serve as New Hope’s associate pastor, overseeing pastoral care and outreach ministries.
Stu has served in Fort Myers since November of 2002 when he, Ethelanne, and their son Sean moved from Kansas City, Missouri. Stu and Ethelanne are graduates of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Stu also has an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a self confessed adrenalin junkie and has engaged in activities such as white water kayaking, serving as a Navy Chaplain with a Marine Artillery Battalion, sky diving, flying in an acrobatic bi-plane, and most recently, driving a NASCAR race car at the Richard Petty Driving experience. However, his most thrilling experience is seeing men and women identify their Kingdom roles and serve in their area of giftedness. Stu has a special burden for the HIV/AIDS pandemic in southern Africa. His most recent adventure was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with his son, Sean.
Phil earned his Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Alabama; his Master of Christian Education from Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi; and did further work toward a Masters in Choral Conducting, again at UA.
He married Jennifer, a piano major, in 1975, and they have five children: three older married daughters – from whom eight grandchildren as of January 2010 – and two more: Philip, a 2010 freshman at the University of Alabama; and Savannah, a 2010 sophomore at Fort Myers High School.
Phil enjoys reading theology, Civil War history and detective stories. He loves Alabama football.
Director of Student Ministries
Jim is new to the Fort Myers area, but has been serving in youth ministry for over 10 years. He studied Christian Education at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Jim has led student ministries in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Florida. He loves discipling teenagers in relationship with the Lord, developing strong student leadership, and leading youth mission trips.
Jim believes that adolescence is the most critical stage in life; a season of tremendous physical, emotional, social and spiritual development. God has given Jim a passion to help boys and girls become young men and women who love God with their whole heart and serve others.
Jim’s wife, Stephanie, loves being involved with the youth group, and is a great friend to students. They have a daughter, Rebecca, and are expecting a baby boy this May.
Assistant Director: Student Ministries
Krissy has been with the New Hope crowd since January of 2003. She loves working with students, helping with the Contemporary worship service, and helping to plan and organize events for people of all ages to enjoy, especially students. The two highlights of her ministry year are the annual middle school mission trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee and the annual Middle School Fall Retreat.
You will often find Krissy at a local coffee house doing work while listening to the David Crowder Band, grabbing breakfast with students before school, or running around working on media and sound around New Hope. Krissy loves to get together to chat about life and faith, so give her a call and grab some coffee or a meal with her sometime!
Director: Women in Ministry
Jeannie is a charter member of New Hope where she has been actively participating in the Well and New Hope Choir and has served as Director of Women’s ministry since 2010. Her educational background is a degree in Nursing from Missouri Baptist Hospital, St Louis, Missouri, but her passion has been to be involved in Women’s ministries and Bible study. She brings professional administrative and leadership experience to the Directors position, as well as years of volunteer service in church ministries. Her personal commitment is to work for the spiritual growth, development and support of the women of New Hope while acknowledging it is God who will provide the skill and ability to complete the task.
Jeannie and her husband, Mike, came to Fort Myers in 2006 so they could enjoy being close to their children and grandchildren. Other than family activities, she also enjoys bike riding, walking, bird watching and anything outdoors.
Director: Children’s Ministry
Debbie Norris has served this church family since 1996—enough time to see God work in the lives of the children and adults who are regularly involved in ministry. It is an incredible privilege to see kids put their faith in Jesus and to see people of all ages grow as they step out in faith to serve. Her desire is that all children can see themselves as “world changers” as they live out an everyday faith in Jesus.
Her formal education includes degrees from FSU and FGCU, but nothing compares to the experience of growing with her girls, Jessica and Stephanie. Husband, Lee has a real estate appraisal firm and is a dedicated softball coach and dad. As a family, their favorite pastimes include travel, family nights, watching the girls’ sports, and enjoying holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Director: Early Childhood
Pam Poland has been serving at our church since 2006 and feels this is what God has been preparing her to do all along. She enjoys growing in friendship with the parents and children. “It is such a joy to serve God in this way, I hope each child who visits our nursery goes home knowing they are loved at church and that church is a happy place to be learning about how much Jesus loves them.”
When Pam is not at work she enjoys being with her family, husband Paul, and teenage son Eric. They stay pretty busy with Eric’s sports schedule, but when they get some down time they enjoy walking on the beach or just chillin’ in front of the tv watching movies and sports. Paul and Pam met at Ohio State over 20 years ago and they all love cheering on the Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds each season. She also likes cooking, watching Eric play tennis and baseball, and reading.
Director: Contemporary Music
Jim discovered a passion for leading worship during his service as Youth Director at Greenwood Community Church in Warwick, Rhode Island. During this time, he served as Worship Leader for various student ministry events, including Group Publishing – Group Workcamps programs throughout the United States and Canada.
Jim relocated to Fort Myers during the summer of 2004 along with his wife Betty and their three sons David, Jeffery and Daniel.
He served as Director of Contemporary Worship at Covenant Presbyterian Church from January 2006-March 2008. Now, New Hope Presbyterian is thrilled to have him on board as our contemporary worship leader!
Claire Marie Faasse began playing in church at age 16 and hasn’t stopped since! Leading the congregation’s song and playing to the glory of God is her passion. She also enjoys promoting the cause of good organ music through accompanying choral productions and playing recitals in the community. She has served in Reformed and Presbyterian churches in New Jersey and Florida as organist and music director and has been a teacher of piano, organ and theory. Claire has played the historic pipe organs in the cathedrals of Paris and the Netherlands and holds diplomas in organ performance form Trinity College of Music, London. She and her husband, Jake, a retired educator, New Hope Elder and Clerk of Session, have two daughters and a son-in-law who attend New Hope and serve in education in Lee County.
Director of Mission and Equipping
Elizabeth will be working with both the Local and World Missions Councils to encourage the many missionaries New Hope supports throughout Lee County and the world. She will also work toward raising awareness and involvement in New Hopes’s missional efforts.
Brad joined the staff of New Hope in January 2013. He has a BA in Music and a BS in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible (Cairn University) and a MRE in Christian education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Since seminary, Brad has owned 2 businesses and served in various capacities with 3 other congregations.
Brad and his wife Darlene moved to Cape Coral in 1995. They have 2 children, Adam and Anne.
Brad enjoys filling in as organist at New Hope when there is a need and teaching a weekly adult Sunday morning class.
Administration | Publication
Cecilia is a Naples native with a degree in Marketing from the University of Denver. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading the Bible, and going to the beach with her husband, Ted, and their two German Shepherds. She has been a Church Ministry Assistant for since 1997, and her passion is to serve God and His people. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Steve is a native of Minnesota where he was employed in the financial field as an executive assistant. He and his wife, Ronda, have been married over 25 years and have two children, Hannah and Daniel. He and Ronda enjoy encouraging and teaching new Christians in the faith, and desire to help families in the joys of marriage and parenting. In past ministry, Steve has served with Damascus Way Prison ministry, and Faith Studies International. One of his favorite Scripture verses is Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Aloha, my name is Artlyn Rector. I am a native Hawaiian, from the Island of O’ahu. I love spending time with my husband and best friend, Todd. We have three sons, (his, mine, and ours) Steve’s the oldest, then Paul and Steven Keoni. For over 14 years, we’ve made Cape Coral, Florida, our home. My greatest passion is to write, draw, and teach children about Jesus Christ and His amazing love for them!
Terry was commissioned as a Lay Pastor on October 31, 2010. His heart is in ministry to small and rural churches. His role at New Hope is to assist the staff in any ministry area where his talents might be of use, as he prepares for the day he receives a call.
Terry has been with New Hope from her beginning, serving as an Elder and participating on several councils. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and is Vice President and Portfolio Manager with FineMark National Bank and Trust in Fort Myers. He is a graduate of Michigan Technological University, with Masters work at Michigan State. He prepared for the Lay Pastor role through Dubuque Theological Seminary.
Terry and his wife Vicki are both from the Detroit area but call Kansas City home, as they spent 18 years there and raised their two daughters, Allisyn and Erica. They moved to Fort Myers in 1999 and have been part of our congregation since that time.
We are thankful to have Ed in charge of our facilities at New Hope. He’s a long time native of Cape Coral; he and Celeste are happily married and have three grown children and four grandchildren. He serves with the puppet ministry at McGregor Baptist and has helped with their preschool for many years. He is also an avid gardener! His humble spirit and gentle heart are a pleasure to have on our staff.
Jay C. Laird
Jay C., a southwest Florida native, is our Sunday morning powerhouse, making sure that the coffee is hot and that our facilities run smoothly. He went to high school in North Fort Myers, and then on to the Marines. Currently, he works full time at Southwest Regional Airport, in addition to his service on Sunday mornings. He has a heart for hard work and mission trips, having gone once to Nicaragua with our church, and twice to the Dominican Republic.
Deborah Fransway has been playing bass guitar in the Contemporary Service since before New Hope began, and has come to serve in a variety of ministry capacities, often times behind the scenes. She has recently taken on the responsibilities of webmaster, eNews editor, and video editor for most of the presentations enjoyed by the congregation on Sunday mornings.
Deborah is married to Dr. Anthony Fransway and they have been blessed with two children; Tony and Paulina. The kids are grown now. As an “empty nester” Deborah has found that there is plenty to keep her busy at New Hope Presbyterian serving the Kingdom of God.