Justin is a native to Maryland, graduating from Annapolis Area Christian School. Though he grew up in a Christian home and attended Christian schools, Justin decided to follow Jesus just before his freshman year of high school. Justin attended New Hope Chapel while in high school, playing on the worship team. During college, he served in the Summer Christian Service Corp in White Cloud, MI, working at a teen center, and he toured with a Christian band called Stained Glass, performing at churches, TV stations, and theme parks. Justin graduated from Houghton College (NY) with a B.A. double major – Communications & Writing and a minor in Spanish. Some of his coursework was completed at Harvard University and in Sevilla, Spain.
In 2003, Justin returned to pastor the church he grew up in – Central Seventh Day Baptist Church. During this time, he helped two Hispanic Churches become branch churches. In 2004, Justin came on staff at New Hope Chapel as the Worship Pastor under our former pastor – Gary Derechinsky. In 2011, Justin was selected as Pastor of New Hope Chapel. Along with his involvement at NHC, Justin writes for Christianity is Jewish. He also works for a local school in education technology and works freelance as a website designer. Justin also writes for his own site – Apologos.
Since 2003, Justin has been married to his long-time friend Karlene, and they have three children – Annalia, Naomi, and Xander.
Steve was raised in Falls Church, Virginia, the middle child tucked in between two sisters. He received a B.A. from Washington Bible College and then, with an urge for the open road, worked for a year as a missionary in the South Pacific islands of Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand. After a year of teaching high school and middle school, he went back to school himself and earned his M.Ed. from George Mason University. Since that time, Steve has taught college classes; worked in college and law school admissions, and served in a number of positions for the Federal government. Currently, he is program manager within the Department of Treasury.
He came to faith at a relatively early age, coming to believe in God’s promise of new life as a boy. Steve and his wife, Julie, have been attending New Hope Chapel since 2005. He is involved in doing audio for the Worship Team, teaching Bible studies, marriage seminars, and preaching.
Steve has loved Julie for over 30 years (married in 1980). They have four grown children they enjoy seeing every chance they get, and are delighted with their two grandchildren.
Rick was born and raised in the suburbs east of New York City where he graduated high school and met his future wife, Diane. He attended Duke University ( where they married), later joined the Navy and served overseas in northern Japan. While there, Rick and Diane both found Christ and began their Christian walk together.
Rick was transferred to Maryland, completed ministerial internship training, and commenced a life of service to God in the local church, including positions of youth leader, adult C.E. teacher, Pastoral care leader, deacon and elder, in which he currently serves at NHC. He retired from the Naval Reserve and has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 29 years.
Rick and Diane raised two wonderful children, Stacey and Jonathan, and have a terrific grandson, Josiah, who all know Christ and are serving Him.