Dr. J. D. Ward came to New Hope as pastor on June 1, 2009. Prior to his arrival at New Hope OKC, J.D. served as pastor at FUMC Bartlesville, Ponca City, Sallisaw, and Snyder. J.D. is married to Karrie, who is a native of Snyder. They have four adult children--Michael, Brian, Kristen, and Scott.