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 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 Bay State 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 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 love one another for the long haul.
Born and raised in Fayetteville, NC, John was 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 (through June 2017)
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. Scott graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte in 2016 (MA in Christian Thought).
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 enroll in seminary.
Before and during his years in seminary, Scott took part in a wide-variety of ministries. He served local churches as both Outreach Coordinator and a 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 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.
After two years of faithful and fruitful service, Scott is transitioning out of his staff position at New Hope. He will teach the youth through the end of June, and then embark on a well-earned sabbatical! Scott loves teaching in the church and plans to continue serving the Lord this way as a layperson.
Ben Tietje, Assistant Pastor for Youth & Families
Ben first came to New Hope in May, 2017 when he was called as to serve as full-time Assistant Pastor for Youth and Families. He works with a team of volunteers to plan and lead weekly youth events, along with regular fellowship outings and annual retreats and mission trips. Ben is finishing up his M.Div from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC and simultaneously pursuing licensure and ordination in the PCA.
Ben spent his early childhood in Miles City, MT and Rockingham, NC, and his teenage years in Old Fort, NC at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains. He was raised in a wonderful Christian home where he heard the good news of Christ from a very young age. During his middle and high school years he pushed away the faith and tried to find meaning and purpose outside of Christ. It was during the early days of his Sophomore year at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (BS, 2011) that a group of co-workers invited him to a Bible study and to church. The Lord used the love of these young men and the teaching and preaching of his Word to change his heart and give him the gift of faith in Christ.
After college, Ben spent two years working with a campus ministry (Cru) in Greensboro, NC and Chicago, IL. While in Chicago, he began his seminary studies at Moody Theological Seminary, but ended up transferring to RTS three years later after a long process of embracing the Reformed tradition. During his seminary years he has worked as everything from a warehouse processor to a sports camp director for a local parks district.
It was at UNCG that Ben met his wife, Leigha, a Registered Nurse (Labor and Delivery). Ben and Leigha are the proud parents of two lovely girls, Helen and Liza. Ben enjoys reading as much as he can (everything from newspapers to novels), working out at the YMCA, and hiking with his family or friends. Ben has a weakness for rock, blues, and folk music from the 1950s-1990s, as well as Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese food.
Kristen Bradsher, Church Administrator
Kristen first came to New Hope in 2008, when her husband Brian came on staff as Youth Pastor. After two years as missionaries in Namibia, God brought Brian and Kristen back to the area 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 a tremendous job 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, Treasurer
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.