March 2019   
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Dr. J.D. Ward

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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. 

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.



Associate Pastor/Minister of Discipleship & Education

Cali Depue Eck

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Rev.Cali Depue Eck came to our staff as Director of Discipleship and Education in April 2011.  She has served as a Youth Minister previously. She and her husband Dave have four children, Jessica, Benjamin, Jonathan, and Brooklyn.

Cali is a graduate of Mid-America Bible College (1990) having earned her degree in Youth and Recreational Ministries.  She also completed her Masters of Divinity in 1994.  Cali is an ordained a Deacon.  Cali is passionate about helping others develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.  She continues to find ways to deepen her own walk and strives to bring others along in their journey of faith.  Cali spends most of her free time attending her children's various activities.  She also enjoys music and sports, especially basketball and baseball.

Her husband David is a Mechanical Engineer, a graduate of the University of Missouri at Rolla and has a Masters from Clarkston University, Rochester, NY.  Dave is employed with Xerox.

Business Manager

Dillard Moore

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Director of Student Ministries

Philip Younts

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Philip started as the Director of Student Ministries at the beginning of 2018. Philip graduated in 2016 from Oklahoma City University with a degree in Youth Ministry.  He is currently attending graduate school at Southern Nazarene University.

Philip grew up in the United Methodist Church and has previously worked in numerous roles within a variety of churches. He is passionate about missions and camps, and watching youth find thier purpose in the world.

In his spare time, Philip loves watching sports, specifically OU football and the Chicago Cubs.  He also enjoys watching Netflix, singing karaoke, and playing with his dog, Wrigley.

Director of Children's Ministries

Luisa Medina

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Luisa started going to New Hope UMC when she was in the fourth grade!  Her family have been members for 15 years and call New Hope home.  Luisa graduated with a degree in Religious Education from Oklahoma City University.  She is now the Children's Ministry Director.  Her passion is watching children grow in their faith and experience and share God's love!

In her sparetime, Luisa enjoys reading books, photography, music, and OKC Thunder Basketball! 



"Let us always meet each other with a smile, for a smile is the beginning of love."
-Mother Teresa

Director of Preschool Ministries

Amy Aita

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Director of Music Ministries

Kevin Wilkinson

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Kevin is passionate about praising God through music and believes there is nothing more beautiful than a group of people singing together of God's love and glory. He holds an undergraduate degree and a master's degree in choral conducting from Oklahoma City University. Kevin works with his fellow minister-musicians to engage the congregation each week in both traditional and contemporary worship, and would love to hear from you about how you might want to become part of fulfilling that mission for God's church!

Associate Dir. of Contemporary Music

Emily Wilkinson

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Emily Wilkinson looks forward to hearing voices worshiping together every week and is passionate about introducing the church family to meaningful lyrics and beautiful melodies that proclaim God’s love. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oklahoma City University’s Wanda L. Bass School of Music and a Master of Business Administration from the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University. She has worked at OCU since graduating in 2012, in admissions and now as the student advisor for the School of Theatre. Emily and Kevin were married in November 2015, and enjoy playing with their golden retrievers, Teddy and Posi, in their spare time.

Organist/Assoc. Dir. of Music Ministries

Tyler Stone

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Administrative Assistant

Kaye Merriam

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Membership Secretary

Greg Wells

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