Meet the New Hope Staff

Michael Elkins

Lead Pastor

Phone: 419.636.1362 x105

Michael Elkins, Lead Pastor

Michael is married to his incredible wife, Mickey.  They have three daughter, Emma, Allie, and Lilly and a son, Calvin.  The Elkins love to be crazy, spend time outdoors, and to have fun with fitness.  Michael loves to coach CrossFit, photography, videography, and reading. 

Daniel Fernihough

Executive Pastor

Phone: 419.636.1362 x144

Daniel Fernihough, Executive Pastor

Daniel is married to his beautiful high school sweetheart, Summer. They have two amazing kids, Abby and Caleb. The Fernihough's love being outdoors, playing sports, or even a good old fashion board game. Daniel’s favorite things to do are spend time with his family, his friends, or his motorcycle.


Dave Nicholls

Care Pastor

Phone: 419.636.1362 x106

Dave Nicholls, Care Pastor

Dave and his wife Pat have been married over forty years. They have two adult children and three grandsons. Dave enjoys spending time with his family, teaching, reading, and working in the yard.

Nik Walborn

Director of Student Ministries

Phone: 419.636.1362 x104

Nik Walborn, Director of Student Ministries

I am a father of two beautiful little girls (Elliette and Audrey) and husband to a Godly woman (Arminda). I grew up as a Navy brat traveling up and down the east coast. I have moved a total of 22 times from Rhode Island, Florida, and Mississippi, to New York and (yes, even) Ohio. I am an extrovert to the max and love being around people and investing in relationships. I love to travel, spend time outdoors, watch movies, and cook. My two favorite things in the world to do are knitting and spending time with my girls.

Jason Clarke

Director of Worship Arts

Phone: 419.636.1362 x118

Jason Clarke, Director of Worship Arts

I'm a husband to a loving wife, and father to a wonderful son and 3 beautiful daughters. I grew up in the Metro-Detroit area and had never lived anywhere else until God called me to New Hope. When I'm not doing something with music or spending time with my family (which is almost never), I enjoy being outdoors taking in whatever nature I can find to look at. I'm also passionate about health and fitness so I love sports, working out, and outdoor activities such as kayaking. Most of all though, I hope I'm known as a passionate follower of Jesus Christ and pray that I can set a Godly example for my family to follow.

Misty Hageman

Director of Children's Ministries/Office Manager

Phone: 419.636.1362 x103

Misty Hageman, Director of Children’s Ministries/Office Manager

Twenty-nine years ago I started dating my childhood sweetheart and this past October we celebrated 22 years of marriage.  I have two children, Hayden and his new wife Justine and Elli who is a Jr. at Bryan High School.  I love to cook, especially for other people, dabble in photography and spend time with friends and family.  Besides my family, one of my greatest joys is spending time with “my preschoolers” every Sunday morning.  Nothing beats hearing preschoolers shout praises to Jesus!

Cammie Short

Director of Children's Ministries/Pastoral Assistant

Phone: 419.636.1362 x101

Cammie Short, Director of Children’s Ministries/Pastoral Assistant

My favorite part of the day is spent laughing and talking with my husband and four sons. At home, I can usually be found with a book in my hand, snacking, or soaking up the sun (sometimes all three at once)! Aside from cherishing my role as a wife and mother, God has also given me a passion to be a teacher at home, at homeschool co-op, and at church, where I love learning right along with the kids.

Laura Fox

Finance & Facilities Manager

Phone: 419.636.1362 x102

Laura Fox, Finance & Facilities Manager

I am a southern transplant from the great state of Tennessee. My husband David and I have two grown children, Lacey and Mason and one granddaughter. As empty nesters, we enjoy our time with family and look forward to what God has in store each day.  I spend my free time gardening, reading, and scrapbooking. I love to travel and am always looking forward to our next great adventure.

Shirley Zwyer


Phone: 419.636.1362 x100

Shirley Zwyer, Secretary

My hubby and I have grown sons, so when time allows we enjoy visiting them, our daughters-in-law and our grandchildren. In my spare time I like to read, sew, crochet and take walks – even in our Ohio winters.