Rev. Brenda Barnes loves Jesus Christ. Her pastorates include a time as a student pastor in Pittsburgh and Kiskiminetas Presbyteries. After her ordination in Kiski Presbytery, Rev. Barnes served as a Temporary Supply Pastor until she was called to serve as a Transitional Minister and a Congregation Coach for several churches in four (4) Presbyteries. Brenda’s educational background has included receiving her Master of Divinity, and her Doctorate of Ministry in the Reformed Focus, from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Rev. Barnes enjoys quilting, vintage movies and spending time with her family. She is married to Don (for 30+ years), and they live in Churchill. Her favorite Bible verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:24: “The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it!” Relying on the full assurance of Jesus Christ, she strives to live a life worthy of the call to ordained ministry. It was Christ who called her; and Christ will fulfill His Kingdom! Amen!
Patty Hart is the organist and the director of the bell choir at New Hope Church. Patty lives with her husband Glenn who faithfully pastors two other small churches. Patty is also heavily involved in Redstone Presbytery’s “mission team”. Traveling to different parts of our country Patty and the others team members scrub, clean, build, and fix up homes that have been damaged by hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters. Patty is happily retired and enjoys reading, needlework, and gardening (and she “cans” her garden!) .
John Cherepko is our church treasurer. He and his wife Lynne are the parents of three grown children and have some grandchildren. John faithfully over sees the finance of New Hope Church. He makes sure that bills are paid promptly and that the resources of the church are used wisely. John is also the chairman of the finance committee of the church. In his spare time John enjoys getting together with friends in a local bowling league.
Jim St. Clair is one of the busiest of us here at New Hope. Not only does he keep the building sparkling clean, he also ensures that the necessary repairs and maintenance of the church occurs. Jim and his wife, Eleanor, have been members of New Hope Church for several years.
Tracy Winzek is the secretary at New Hope Church. Tracy knows New Hope Church well and will give you a warm greeting when you call or stop by New Hope Church.
Faith is New Hope’s director of music. As such, she chooses, rehearses and directs the music of the Chancel Choir. Faith is a retired nurse and lives with her husband Howard. Together, Faith and Howard are huge Penn State fans! (But at New Hope Church we welcome fans of all universities.) Faith also often uses her talents to play the piano along with the organ on many of the hymns.