John Lindsay, Senior Pastor
John has served New Hope as its senior pastor since November, 2008. He preaches and teaches regularly, serves as the moderator of our Board of Elders (also called the Session), and oversees and evaluates other staff members. John’s greatest joy in ministry is to teach or preach in a way that connects with both the minds and the hearts of listeners, helping make Jesus’ love and Kingdom personal and tangible. He finds this a delight because it is an outcome that God must provide. After sixteen years of preaching multiple times a week, John has learned (and is still learning) to rely on God to empower the message.
John completed his theological training at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. Spending four years in the BayState turned John into a fan of Boston’s professional sports teams, and he avidly follows the Celtics, Patriots, and Red Sox. After graduating from GCTS, John was called to West Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Hopewell, VA a small industrial town near Richmond. He spent nine years as the solo pastor of this small, gifted and faithful congregation, preaching and teaching four to five times a week, visiting people regularly in their homes and hospital rooms, and seeing the rich fruit that God brings about when people commit to love one another for the long haul.
Born and raised in Fayetteville, NC, John went on to become a Morehead Scholar and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA History, 1992). While there, he met his future wife, Amy Whittington of Kernersville. The two married in 1993 and are raising four children: Preston, Sarah, Caleb and Nathan. When not involved with church or family activities, you can often find John at the Jerry Long Family YMCA, where he teaches RPM Classes (Group Indoor Cycle). He is an avid reader who especially enjoys history, and a fan of all types of movies from blockbusters to classics and some quirky indie flicks. John and his family live in Clemmons.
Gerald Chrisco, Associate Pastor
Gerald first came to New Hope in 2002 and was ordained and installed as a Ruling Elder in 2006. In 2010, after completing a seminary degree and a year-long internship, he was ordained and installed as a Teaching Elder. For the past three years he has served New Hope as a part-time Associate Pastor, focusing on adult discipleship and outreach ministries.
Prior to 2010, Gerald spent over twenty years as a youth ministry volunteer while working as the Chief Financial Officer of The Budd Group, a regional facility services company headquartered in Winston-Salem. Gerald continues to serve The Budd Group as its Treasurer, but his real passion lies with the church. In particular, Gerald loves to help people in crisis see and experience the grace of God that is in Jesus.
Gerald was raised in Winston-Salem in a Christian family. He first believed in Jesus at the age of five, though he struggled on and off to find assurance of God’s love until he was in his twenties. He graduated from Parkland High School before shipping off to N.C. State University (BS, 1979). He came back home to attend Wake Forest University (MBA, 1981) before beginning his career with The Budd Group. When he perceived a call to vocational ministry, Gerald enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte (MAR, 2009). Gerald and his wife, Allison (Davis) married in 2014 and live in Belews Lake. He is the proud father of three adult daughters (Allison, Ashley and Aleah) and two grandsons (Ian and Owen). He loves to play tennis and to visit historical sites, most recently concluding tours of important Reformation cities in Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain.
Scott Mielke, Director of Youth Ministries
Scott first came to New Hope in 2015 when he was called as our new Youth Pastor. He and his wife Erika work with a team of volunteers to plan and lead weekly youth events, along with regular fellowship
outings and annual retreats and mission trips. In addition to serving Middle and High School students and their families, Scott is finishing up an MA in Christian Thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte. He is scheduled to complete his degree in the spring of 2016.
Scott came to ministry later in life after a very difficult trial. In 2008, Scott & Erika’s oldest child, Noah, was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor. For the next two years they helped Noah endure and recover from radiation and chemotherapy treatments, which God used to cure him of the cancer. During this time, Scott and Erika grew tremendously in their dependence on the Lord, and many others noticed and were blessed by the faith which God had given them. The changes in their lives, and the ways that God used them to change others, led Scott to pursue ministry as a vocation.
Before and during his years in seminary, Scott has taken part in a wide-variety of ministries. He has served local churches as Outreach Coordinator, and Small Group Leader. His passion, though, is for youth -to see them grow in faith in the midst of a very difficult society.
Scott hails from Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison (BA, 1993). From 1993-1997, he served in the US Army as an MP, with tours of duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the Korean DMZ. After leaving the Army, Scott returned to Wisconsin and worked for both Gillette and General Motors before enrolling at Marquette University Law School (JD, 2003). He and Erika met in school and were married in 2002. After graduation, Scott worked as Assistant District Attorney in Milwaukee (2003-2006) and Assistant City Attorney in Franklin, WI (2006-2008). It was then that the Mielkes moved to NC, where Erika took up her current position with Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) Wealth Management.
Scott & Erika are the proud parents of four children. In addition to Noah, they are raising LukE, Abigail and Levi. When not spending time with Erika, the kids or New Hope students, Scott enjoys reading literature and history, writing, and watching sports. He is an avid fan of many teams, including the Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, and Boston Red Sox.
Michael Zeoli, Director of Music Ministries
Michael Zeoli (or “Zoo”) began serving as New Hope’s Director of Music Ministries in May, 2015. He plays a wide range of instruments, including piano, bass, guitar, and drums. This experience enables him to develop and support all of our musicians, empowering them as a team to lead the congregation in song. When he’s not working at New Hope, you might find Zoo writing or arranging music, working in his home studio on sound engineering and mixing, or giving private piano lessons.
Zoo began following Jesus Christ at the age of 4, when his mother explained to him the Christ-imagery in C.S. Lewis’ book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Growing up, he experienced a great deal of wounding through family breakdowns and unhealthy churches – a “fairly common story in our fallen world,” as he describes it. He continues:
But the uncommon thread in my life is Jesus. He has been at work even during those times of trials and wounding; He has not forgotten me. He has woven together experiences across decades and seasons of my life just to show me His love, just to reveal Himself to me in ways that I could hear, and see, and understand. He is the Great Healer. His healing is even greater than never having been wounded.
Zoo was born in Cambridge, Ontario and was raised in Wilmington. He graduated from the NC School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. His musical tastes are broad, just like his skills. His favorites include a number of past and present popular and classical artists. Zoo is the proud father of his young son, Jude. Together, they live in Winston-Salem.
Kristen Bradsher, Church Administrator
Kristen first came to New Hope in 2008, when her husband Brian came on staff as Youth Pastor. After spending two years in Namibia, God brought Kristen and her family back to Pfafftown and then back to New Hope. When Brian re-joined the staff as Youth Pastor in May 2012, Kristen also came on board as our Administrative Assistant. She has done and continues to do tremendous work supporting our church body in all of its worship and work.
Kristen was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised just outside the city in a suburb called Oreland. Raised in a Christian home, Kristen’s faith began to mature in 7th grade after a youth retreat. That helps explain her passion for teenagers. She sees these years as a critical time of transition, when youth make their parents’ faith their own and begin to cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus. Kristen believes that real life is only found in Jesus, so her desire is to see people form a close relationship with Him, and serve Him by loving others, both inside the church and in the community.
Kristen attended Messiah College (BA, Family Studies) and went on to work in various residential ministry settings, including His Mansion in NH, House of Hope in Clayton, NC, and AIDS Care Service in Winston-Salem. Together with Brian, she is raising three active children: Cameron, Hannah and Corbin.
Jennifer Jordan, Bookkeeper
Jennifer Jordan has served as New Hope’s treasurer since August, 2014. She tracks all of the church’s expenses, maintains its accounts, pays its bills, and administers its payroll. Jennifer brought years of experience as a market analyst to her work at New Hope, and her professionalism and attention to detail are a great asset to the congregation.
Jennifer’s family moved often, but she considers herself a “mental Midwesterner,” with Chicago being her home until moving with her family to Clemmons twenty-one years ago. She first became a member of a PCA congregation in 1975, and has called our denomination home ever since. Jennifer’s faith truly became her own during her college years at Taylor University (BA in Business Administration, 1987). Although it is a Christian university, Taylor’s faculty and students hold a wide variety of viewpoints, and this challenged Jennifer to know what she believed and why. Her education proved to be an excellent preparation for the workplace, where she had to live out her faith through her vocation. Jennifer sees all of life as art to be presented to the Lord in worship, and meditates often on this verse:
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Whatever you do, work; at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord – it is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:17, 23-24)
Jennifer is married to her husband, Cliff, who works in the financial sector. Together, they are the proud parents of three – Claire, Andrew, and Emma. Jennifer has homeschooled all three children through high school, and for nine years served as the local director of Classical Conversations, a local homeschool cooperative. When not working at New Hope, Jennifer serves as an executive assistant at the Budd Group. She is an avid and talented singer, serving New Hope’s worship team and also singing professionally with Carolers of Christmas Past and Uncommon Bond Band. When she’s not working or singing, you can probably find her sewing dresses or banners for church. She also loves good historical fiction, all things Jane Austen, and Masterpiece Theater.