Team


New Hope Christian Fellowship invites you to meet our leadership team committed with the entire congregation to loving God and loving others with no fear, no shame, no guilt, and no doubt!

Pastor: Craig Kuhlman & Wife Nan

Craig and Nan along with two of the adult children  Morgan and Chloe and three dogs Moe (miniature dachshund), Pedro and Launa (Chihuahuas) relocated from Ohio to Southern California in March 2017 to serve as Lead Pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship.

Prior to taking the role of Lead Pastor, Craig retired early from a 35-year career in banking where he served as an executive and chief trust officer in the wealth management and trust industry, and advising clients in the areas of estate and retirement planning, 401k administration, and investment management.

In serving as pastor Craig’s passion is to help all people to know who they are in their relationship with the Father, Son, and Spirit, and to live out that relationship with their Triune God with absolutely no fear, no shame, no guilt, and no doubt, loving God, and loving others.

Craig holds a B.A. degree in economics and finance (Findlay College); a B.A. degree in Theology (Ambassador College); M.B.A. in organizational leadership (University of Findlay); and a Master of Pastoral Studies (Grace Communion Seminary).

His wife Nan, a freelance writer, is employed as an English composition instructor at Azusa Pacific University, Indiana Technical University, and Northwest State Community College in Ohio. She holds a B.S. degree in journalism (Bowling Green State University) and a Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing (Southern New Hampshire University).

Assistant Pastor: Manual Hamme

 

Assistant Pastor: Celestine Olive

Celestine Olive has served in many different ministry functions since becoming a baptized member of Grace Communion International in 2017, having attended the denomination since the age of seven. She has been married to Leonard Olive Jr since 1973 and they have two sons, Phillip and Eric Olive, a daughter-in-law Michele , and three grandsons, Trenton, Eric II, and Cameron. Leonard presently serves in the New Hope Praise Choir and uses his skills as a graphics artist for many New Hope projects.

Celestine was ordained an Elder on July 1, 2007 and commissioned as an Assistant Pastor. She previously served on the Pastoral Advisory Council for then years for three different pastors, and for seven of those years also served as Church Treasurer. She now serves as a member of the Financial Advisory Team and facilitates New Hope Women’s Fellowship meetings. She presently works full-time for our denomination, Grace Communion International, in the accounting department.

Celestine has enjoyed being involved in music most of her life, having studied piano and voice with both private and university instructors. She presently serves as the Director of our Music and Worship Arts Ministry and has been Conductor of the New Hope Praise Choir for the past 20 years.

She would be more than happy to assist you in any way and can be contacted at (626) 222-1434 or at celestinejolive@aol.com.

Assistant Pastor: G. Fred Stevens

Fred and Maryann Stevens live in Arcadia and have been active members of our fellowship throughout their marriage of over 25 years. Both Fred and Maryann have served in various ministries including Pastor’s Advisory council, children’s Ministry, Vacation Bible School, Men’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Teen church and PowerPoint. They both currently serve on the Advisory Council for Spiritual Enrichment Program (SEP) SoCal, a week-long summer camp dedicated to showing God’s love to preteens and teens.

Fred was ordained an elder in August, 1983 and has been a baptized Christian for over 45 years. Maryann has been a baptized Christian for over 30 years.

Fred is a technical trainer for healthcare electronic medical records and is active in professional associations for both Training, Coaching and also Internal Auditing. He is part of our denominational Ministry Coaching network which provides personal development coaching to church Interns, new Pastors and church Planters.

Maryann works in marketing for a travel agency and is financial secretary for Great Commission Trips, a nonprofit that specializes in short term Christian mission trips for teens and young adults. In her spare time, Maryann enjoys preserving family memories by scrapbooking.

Fred and Maryann’s most important ministry and source of their greatest joy has been their two sons, Alex and Max who grew up attending New Hope. Alex now lives in North Carolina and Max is a college student.

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