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 Fernihoughs 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.


Jason Clarke

Worship Arts Pastor

Phone: 419.636.1362 x118

Jason Clarke, Worship Arts Pastor

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.

Mickey Elkins

Social Media Director

Phone: 419.636.1362

Mickey Elkins, Social Media Director

Mickey is married to her best friend, Mike Elkins.  She's a mother to 4 crazy fun kiddos who loves donuts, bike rides and being outside with the family.  


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 two granddaughters, Lola and Lane. 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.

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!

Alex Moss

Connections Pastor

Phone: 419.636.1362 x111

Alex Moss, Connections Pastor

Alex is married to his beautiful wife Kirstin.  They welcomed home their first daughter Emma Joy Moss on July 26th, 2018.  Together, Alex and Kirstin enjoy the outdoors, camping, beach days, hikes, and playing board games.  When Alex isn’t spending time with family or friends, he loves sitting in a coffee shop with a good book, or making music.


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.

Buck Owens, Janitor
Phone: 419.636.1362

Buck Owens, Janitor

My given name is Denver but most people know me as “Buck.” I’ve been a husband to Barbara for 47 years and together we have two daughters, Misty Hageman and Tari Davis, who have given us four grandchildren, Jacob, Hayden, Elli and Sydney.  I’m a Vietnam war veteran and a retired John’s Manville worker of 46 years.  My wife keeps me busy with projects around the house and New Hope keeps me busy with projects in both campuses. When I’m not working on a project, I love to spend time outdoors and just enjoy life!


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.

Nik Walborn

Student Ministries Pastor

Phone: 419.636.1362 x104

Nik Walborn, Student Ministries Pastor

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.

Elliott Whitlock, Technical Director
Phone: 419.636.1362

Elliott Whitlock, Technical Director

I'm adventurous, I love to go new places!  To see and do new things! I've been to most of the United States, only need to see Florida, Alaska and Hawaii to complete all 50!  But most of the time I love spending time with my family and friends.  Whether that's playing board games, going camping, or just watching movies.  No matter what I'm doing, whether it's going some place new, spending time with family, or helping our on our awesome tech team, life is truly an adventure and I'm loving every minute of it!


Janelle Whitlock, Custodian
Phone: 419.636.1362

Janelle Whitlock, Custodian

44 years ago I began my journey with Jesus!  He has been so good to me!  I met my sweet husband Bruce at church one Sunday night and we will celebrate 35 years of marriage this August.  We have 7 adult children (including son-in-laws) Elliott, Arminda, Nik, Devin, Clarrissa, Mason and Silas. Three spunky grand daughters, Elliette, Audrey, and Lola.  I am learning to play guitar.  Last year I went kayaking for the first time... loved it!  I enjoy, singing, reading, sewing, gardening, and spending time with family.