Pastor Shaw Henson
Shaw Henson first came to New Hope as an inactive preacher simply looking for a place for his family to worship. Many in the church at the time were unaware of his pastoral background, and simply recognized him as the fellow with the nice family and the unusual "amen".
In the wake of Pastor Eddie Haynes' resignation in April of 2014, the deacons approached Brother Shaw and asked if he would be willing to support the church as interim pastor. He agreed to fill that role for six months, with the clear disclaimer that he would not campaign for the permanent pastorate.
Brother Shaw held to his word, and never campaigned for the role of pastor. He didn't have to, because the Holy Spirit was convicting the entire church. In December 2014, after a brief time to prayerfully consider God's plan for the church, Shaw Henson was voted-in unanimously as New Hope's 21st pastor. It was, we believe, the first time in church history that a pastoral candidate was unanimously accepted by the body.
Pastor Shaw was saved as a teenager in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and caught fire for the Lord. He began preaching at an early age, and was involved for a while with the independent baptist movement. He ultimately changed to Southern Baptist and was first called to pastor at Summerduck Baptist Church. Later, he started his own church - Truth Baptist, in Fauquier County. He left Truth Baptist under amicable conditions, and it was while he was waiting for God to provide direction that he and his family began attending New Hope.
Church members, from ages 5 to 95 love to watch him preach (if you only listen to him preach, you're missing half of what he brings to the pulpit). His mastery of God's Holy Word, his unorthodox and passionate preaching style, and his humble, fun-loving nature are among the reasons why New Hope loves Pastor Shaw, and why more and more people are coming to the church for spiritual sustenance.
In addition to his pastoral credentials, Shaw is a talented carpenter / builder. His wife Shelly has a strong, beautiful voice and is a gifted pianist. She enjoys baking, crafts, and homeschooling their three daughters: Rylee, Emma, and Avery.
Brother Mike - Lead Deacon
Brother Mike was born in Smithfield, North Carolina, where he grew up in the Freewill Baptist ministry and received Christ as his savior at the age of 11. He moved to Northern Virginia when he was 17. After serving seven years in the Air Force, including a one-year tour in Vietnam, Mike began a career in computers, which he pursued throughout his working career. Mike and his wife, Susan, have been married for 31 years and have four sons and six grandchildren. Mike’s interests include wood working, working in his yard, joking around, having a good time enjoying life, and serving God in any way he can.
Before retirement Mike enjoyed boating, and he and Susan spent many years exploring the Chesapeake Bay. While their original retirement plans were to stay in Northern Virginia and continue boating, the Lord had other ideas and led them to Fawn Lake, where an instant love affair with this area began. After retiring from Citizens Bank of Maryland, and most recently from Navy Federal Credit Union, Mike and Susan built their retirement home in Spotsylvania where God led them to New Hope -- and the rest remains to be written.
Born and raised in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the son of a Baptist preacher, John lives in the suburbs of Burr Hill with his wife, Sharon, and their two teenage sons, Nathan and Luke. "Johnny" enjoys playing music - especially bluegrass gospel - and has served the church as Sunday School Director and chairman of the Buildings and Grounds committee. He was also instrumental in arranging for many of the church's youth to attend Summer Bible Camp, and spearheaded the creation of our popular Living Nativity event. John looks forward to the days when his only trips to DC will be as a tourist.
Ken was born in North Dakota in 1939. He was raised on a farm in the Turtle Mountains and moved to the Northwest when he was 17. He spent a year in the Army Reserves during the Cuban Crisis and President Kennedy gave these reservists Veteran status. Ken married Dorothy in 1967 and accepted Jesus as his Savior in 1973. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1995 at Starr Road Baptist Church in Spokane, Washington. He worked at Kaiser Aluminum in Spokane as an electrician for 34 years before retiring in 1998. After retirement, they moved to North Dakota where they lived for 12 years. During this time, Ken joined the Gideons and remains a member today. They moved to Virginia in 2011 to join 3 daughters living here. They have a son and daughter who still live in North Dakota. Ken and Dorothy joined the fellowship at New Hope in 2013
Ralph was born in Brewton, Alabama and grew up in Prince George's County, Maryland. He served 4 years in the USMC including a tour in Vietnam. He has been married to Sherry for 46 years and says that "with God's help, Sherry made me the man I am today." they have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Ralph retired from the National Park Service where he managed te grounds of the White House, memorials and the National Mall after 30 years of service and now manages the buildings and grounds for Germanna Community College in Culpeper.
Ralph accepted Jesus Christ as his savior in 1978. He is thankful that God brought him to New Hope and believes we all have something special here. He is very excited to be a part of God's work here and waits to see where God will take us,
Brother Jim was saved and baptized at the age of 10 in his hometown Baptist Church. He is an Army veteran and a retired government employee. He and his wife, Kay, have been married for 48 years. Their son Brian and daughter in law Debbie have blessed them with 2 wonderful grandchildren, Christian and Melanie. The family have been members since November of 2012.
Teddy is a local product, born and raised here in Locust Grove. He attended Flat Run Baptist Church as a youngster with his family. At the age of 19, he began dating a young lady who lived across the street from New Hope Baptist Church. It wasn't long before Donna started dragging him to New Hope, and they were soon married in the church. All three of their children - Jon, Justin, and Taylor - were saved and baptized in the church. Teddy and Donna have served as youth directors through the years, and their daughter, Taylor, routinely sings for Christ at New Hope. Teddy wants you to know that all are welcome here and that Jesus Christ and New Hope can be your refuge from a sinful world.
Brother Eugene has rejoined the active deacon body after being unanimously reinstated by the church. He spent a year and a half on "inactive" status after completing a 5-year active term, but it was clear that Eugene never got that memo, because he continued to actively serve church members during that time, especially the elderly and the homebound. Welcome back, Eugene!