Rev. 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.
Rev. Dr. Ward is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a Doctor of Theology Degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Karrie is Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach for Spring Creek Elementary in Deer Creek Schools. Karrie is a graduate of Cameron University, and holds graduate degrees from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Reading and Special Education.
J.D. is a big Sooners and Thunder fan who also enjoys yard work, reading, baking, and working out at the gym. Karrie plays piano for first service, sings in the New Hope Praise team, sews,watches a lot of HGTV, and loves being a grandmother.