Pastor Paul

Ministry Staff

Pastor, Rev. Paul Hancock

Bro. Paul has served as Pastor to many churches throughout his career, primarily in Tennessee and Texas.  One of Pastor Paul’s passions and strengths is to equip church members to do ministry and to encourage them to actively participate in ministry.  He accomplishes this by attempting to meet people where they are, motivate them to become fully committed followers of Jesus, and teach them how to be such a follower.  Pastor Paul says, “Worship is much more than what believers do for an hour or so when they gather together on Sunday morning or whenever they gather. Worship is a lifestyle. Worship is living in such as way that a person shows total devotion to God.”  Pastor Paul is at heart a teacher: “The purpose of education in the church is to develop the best possible disciples of Jesus. This begins at an early age and continues throughout one’s life. Everything we do as a church should have an element of education involved.” He has been an adjunct professor at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee since 2009 teaching Introduction to Biblical Studies, Philosophy of Religion, and Survey of World Religions.  Pastor Paul has a BS degree in Speech Communications from the University of Southern Indiana and a Master of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary.  Paul is married to Dana, and they live in Gallatin, Tennessee.

Contact Bro. Paul:    email:

Phone: Call at any time 615-429-4331.  If you call the church at 615-449-7020 and no one answers, the call will automatically forward to the pastor’s cell phone.

Pastor Paul will be in the church office on Tuesday, 9 am – 5 pm and on Wednesday, noon – 5 pm. He is available by appointment at other times as needed.

Associate Pastor, Rev. Aaron Ferry

Rev. Aaron Ferry is our Associate Pastor for Children and Youth. He is an ordained minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and has served churches both in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the PC(USA) in various roles from Youth Minister to Director of Christian Education to Associate Pastor. He will be leading us in expanding our ministry to reach new families and to begin ministries for children and youth. Aaron has two children of his own – Paxton and Elyn. Aaron enjoys being outdoors and having adventures with his children, playing sports, attending concerts, trying new restaurants and local attractions.


Music Director/Pianist, Ben Spicer

Ben has played the piano for worship and directed the music for New Hope since 2008.  Not only has he done a great job with the music, but he has pitched in and helped the church in many other ways. He leads the Youth Sunday School Program on Sunday mornings at 9:00.  Ben grew up in a small church in Pennsylvania.  He went to a church-related college in Anderson, Indiana, where he majored in Christian Education and Minored in Music.  He previously worked for a period of time as Christian Education and Music Director in another church.  More recently he has worked in sales for a church supplies company.  Currently, Ben is the Director of the Wilson County Community Help Center in Lebanon, Tennessee and teaches piano lessons at the church.  Ben has two children who live here Lebanon, and he has adopted twin teenage boys.

Treasurer, Karen Haynes

Secretary/Clerk of the Session, Eld. Mary Ann Smith