Our Staff

Our Staff

Senior Pastor : Andy Martin

                                                      Email: Pastorandy@newhopeumc.com
                                                      Phone: (574)370-6026
Facts about Andy:  Birthday Nov 17  Favorite Scripture      Activities and Interest  Favorite Music   Favorite TV Shows  Favorite Movies   Favorite Books   Favorite Quote  What Inspires You? 



Director of Children's Ministries:  Deb Blume

                                                                                                         Email: dblume newhopeumc.com                                                                                                         Phone: (574)596-3504
BIO:  Deb was born in  NIles, Michigan to  Dick & Ann Franz  and has lived in Edwardsburg, Michigan all her life.  She was raised on the family farm and now owns it with her brother and sister. She currently lives on Garver Lakes which is a very active place in the summer.  She has been married to Tom for 32 years and has one son.  She is a Certified - Licensed Elementary Educator with 30 years of experience.  She has a Bachelors of Science Degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Deb joined the New Hope staff in   July, 2013.
Facts about Deb:  Birthday April 4th  Favorite Bible Verse Proverbs 3:5-6 " Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight." Activities and Interest lake activities, spending time with family and friends, and taking photographs Favorite Music Where I Belong by Building 429 Favorite TV Shows
I really don't watch TV but if I did it would be The Andy Grifffith Show Favorite Movie Blindside Favorite Books Love you Forever by Robert N. Munsch  Favorite Quote Adults are obsolete children What Inspires You hearing testimonies

Business Administrator:    Deanna Carlson

                                                                                              Email: dcarlson@newhopeumc.com
                                                                                               Phone: (574) 612-8458
 BIO:  Deanna was born in Brazil, Indiana to Glenn and Elizabeth Duncan. She has three sisters.  Her parents were full time pastors so she lived in Texas and various places throughout the state of Indiana.  She has worked in retail, in a government contract shop, and spent 25 years in the RV industry as a Company Controller and then as a Corporate Controller for a publically traded company.   She is married to Joe  and they have two daughters, one son. two grand-sons, and one grand-daughter. She has held this position with New Hope since December, 2008.
Facts about Deanna:  Birthdate October 6 Favorite Bible Verse John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."   Also the entire Chapter of Psalm 139 Activities and Interest Quilting, Party Planning, Motorcycling with husband and friends, and entertaining grand-children  FavoriteMusic Contemporary Christian and 60's & 70's Rock  Favorite TV Shows America's Got Talent  The Voice  Favorite Movies                                                    Favorite Books Greater by Steven Furtick and any book authored by Sharon Jaynes  Favorite Quote: "There are no problems, just opportunities to excel."    "God said it, I believe it, that settles it." Glenn Duncan  What Inspires You To see God orchestrate situations that bring blessings and touches lives

Custodian:                                                Pat Gouker

                                                                                               Email: grandmasquirrels@aol.com
                                                                                               Phone: (574)322-2191
BIO:  Pat grew up in Elkhart and went to Jimtown schools. She was recently widowed and has three daughters, one son, ten grand-children and six great grand-children.  Before working at New Hope she owned a gift shop for twenty four years.
Facts about Pat:  Birthday March 9 Favorite Bible Verse Isaiah 46:3-4  "Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you of Israel, you whom I have lifted since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to you old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you." Activities and Interest Spending time with friends and family, decorating, gardening, cooking, and travel Favorite Music Oldies from the 50's & 60's  Favorite TV Shows   English Mysteries on PBS such as Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple loves Murder She Wrote with Angela Landsbury Favorite Movies The Notebook and any Disney movie  Favorite Books Little Women, Grimes Fairy Tales  Favorite Quote "The most important thing is family. " Walt Disney  What Inspires you Music and scouring Flea Markets



Counselor:                                       Susan White, M.A., LMFT

                                                                         Email: swhite1128@gmail.com                                                                                                                   Phone: (574)262-9341
BIO Susan graduated from Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN in 2002 with a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling.  She is a licensed as a marriage and family therapist in the state of Indiana and in Michigan.  Susan maintains a clinical membership in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.  Her specialty areas include the marital relationship and whole family struggles, integration of business and family life, women's issues and life adjustment challenges.   In addition to counseling at the Beacon of Hope, Susan maintains a private practice in Michigan, and serves as an adjunct professor at Bethel College.  For over thirty -five years, Susan and her husband have owned and managed a business together while raising their five children.  Her family attends Porter Baptist Church where Susan sings in the choir, facilitates women's group ministries, and leads a class for teens.