Keith started as the Senior Pastor of New Hope in April 2011 after serving in a variety of ministry roles such as Student Pastor, Single Adult Pastor, Young Married Adult Pastor, Interim Senior Pastor, and Adult Education Pastor, — in churches ranging in size from 200 to over 4,000. With over 25 years of experience serving in the local church, Keith is passionate about using his gifts of teaching and developing leaders. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University as well as both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.Blessed with a loving wife, Julie who has been his companion approaching 30 years they have three children Emily, Jonathan and Allison. Keith enjoys traveling with his family, seeing a good movie or play, hanging out and attending Baylor Bears football games.
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Minister to Preschool
New Hope called Debbie Bailey to be the Children’s Minister in 1988. From her earliest memories she wanted to have an active part in helping children discover and experience the love that God had shown her. Her love for children, as well as families learning of God’s love and how to make His word applicable to their lives, has been a driving force during her ministry. Debbie has transitioned over the years from Children’s Minister, to Preschool/Weekday Minister, to her current position which includes overseeing all preschool areas of the church, as well as administrative duties for the church body. She and her husband Tim raised their three children here at New Hope, and now enjoy watching their children serve the Lord, as well as, their three granddaughters and grandson being nurtured in Christian homes.
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Pastor to Children
Ryan joined the staff of New Hope in February of 2016. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Clemson University and Masters of Education from The University of Texas at Austin. Ryan felt the call to ministry as a freshman at Clemson and is excited to pursue that calling at New Hope. He has always had a passion for sports and teaching children about Christ. God used those two passions to open the door to full time ministry at Second Baptist Church in Houston. Ryan and his wife Cathy were married in April 2016, and they are excited to be serving together at New Hope.
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Pastor to Students
Jason Collins has been serving at New Hope since 2003. His joy in ministry is seeing teens and their families find their full identity in Christ. Jason earned his Bachelor of Arts from East Texas Baptist University, and his Masters of Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also studied student ministry and counseling. Jason is married to his wife Jennifer, who works for Leander I.S.D. They are blessed with three children, Anderson, Hogan, and Ella.
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Pastor of Discipleship
Johnny has been in ministry for many years having served on staff at churches in several states, including South Carolina, Wyoming, Arkansas, Georgia, and Texas. He has also invested several years to International Missions in the areas of Evangelism and Teaching. Johnny has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences which has taken him to countries such as Switzerland, Australia, South America, Ukraine, Scotland, and Poland. He is married to his wife Debbie and has three children and six grandchildren.
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Ryan Nelson was born and raised in Florida where he came to know Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the age of twenty and shortly thereafter heard God’s call on his life to full time ministry. After graduating from the University of Florida, confident of his calling and passionate for music & worship he moved to Texas to further study and prepare for ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he graduated with a Master of Arts in Church Music in 2010. He has served in ministry leading worship and developing worship leaders for over the past ten years with the vision and mission to live out God’s love through worship, service and the sharing of His Word with as many people as possible so that they may come to a saving relationship with Christ, grow deeper in their relationship with Him, and turn to Him alone who gives life!
Pastor to Senior Adults
After almost 38 years as pastor in four Southern Baptist Churches, Gary comes to New Hope First Baptist Church to work part-time as minister to senior adults. Gary is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where he and his wife of over 40 years, Brenda, first met. Brenda is a retired speech –language pathologist and now enjoys life as “Mimi” to four grandchildren. Gary also graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree and from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree. Gary has a calling to pastoral ministries, teaching, and preaching. He pastored churches in Alabama, Missouri, and Texas. He and Brenda currently live in Round Rock where he served the First Baptist Church for over 21 years as senior pastor prior to retirement and accepting the invitation to serve on staff at New Hope First Baptist Church here in Cedar Park.
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