Our Staff

Jim Edwards

Jim Edwards

Pastor

I was born and raised in Texas, where my father pastored churches in east Texas and finally in Port Arthur, Texas. It was in Port Arthur that I met and fell in love with my future wife, Gail Graham.  We both graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and attended Baylor University, getting married our senior year.  I was in business for ten years, and during that time, Gail gave birth to our four daughters, Brenda, Amanda, Julia and Melissa.  We all attended the First Baptist Church of Saginaw, Texas, where I taught Sunday School, became a deacon, and eventually the associate pastor.  After our children were born, I attended Southwestern Theological Seminary, and shortly after my graduation in May, 1992, the members of New Hope Baptist Church extended their call for me to become their pastor.  Gail and I have had the privilege of watching generations grow up in this wonderful family church.  It is our prayer that you find a church you can call home- a place of acceptance and growth.  For us and many families, New Hope is just that church.  Come see us!

Jamie Hayes

Jamie Hayes

Music Minister

Jamie Hayes was raised in Mississippii, but has found his home in Texas along with his wife, Holly, and two daughters, Taylor and Brelyn.    Jamie has a transparent love and passion for Jesus which drives his leadership in worship.   We have blended worship from the old hymns to the latest contemporary worship songs.  As a trained conductor, Jamie leads the choir and directs the praise band for a meaningful worship expression and experience.    If you have musical talent, Jamie is looking for you!  

The Bible commends us to “stir up the gift of God which is in you”.   If you sing, come and join our great choir.  If you play an instrument, we have many opportunities for service.   If you  sing solos or duets,  Jamie wants to know for future worship opportunities.

You will find the music ministry filled with opportunity, fun, and authentic expression of our passion for our great God.  Come and join us!

Jonathan Stubbs

Jonathan Stubbs

Youth Minister

Jonathan and Lauren are beyond excited about all that God is doing in ‘Ignite’ youth ministry at NHBC. 

Jonathan grew up in Mesquite, Texas; Lauren grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas. They enjoy spending time outdoors, especially at the lake and at the Texas Rangers ballpark.

They have a vision and desire to walk alongside these students, to equip and challenge them in their own relationship with the Lord, and to be supportive of them  in their gifts and talents as they learn to use them to bring glory to God.

Laura Beth Plumlee

Laura Beth Plumlee

Children's Minister

Laura Beth Plumlee has a real heart and connection with kids.  Having four children of her own, her ministry to children comes naturally and with much experience.  Our children are having so much fun learning about Jesus through the Bible. 

You will find a terrific place for your children when you choose the Children’s Ministry at New Hope Baptist Church.  Laura Beth and her team are the best!

Jennifer Fry

Jennifer Fry

Nursery Coordinator

Jennifer Fry has been serving as our Nursery Coordinator for many years, finding the confidence in new parents with their infant children.  Jennifer truly has a heart for children and their parents.  You will find attention to detail as Jennifer provides a very clean and safe place for your children to grow and develop. 

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