Mike Speegle – Lead Pastor
Mike was born and raised in Stockton, CA. He grew up in a nonreligious family. In his early twenties, while working as a butcher, he became a follower of Jesus. That decision led to a change of direction and purpose in life.
He went back to community college (San Joaquin Delta College) for a year while continuing to work as a butcher, then attended and graduated from Pacific Union College in the beautiful Napa Valley in California. There he met his wife Lorie. He’s pastored in Las Vegas, NV; Moab, UT; Lake Tahoe, CA; Atlanta, GA; Colorado Springs, CO; the Sacramento, CA area; and in Washington state before coming to New Hope in 2013.
He has two grown sons, two fantastic daughters-in-law and one grandson. He serves as our lead pastor, is the primary speaker for our worship services, works with our Executive and Finance Committees, and leads our staff and church to live out God’s kingdom wherever we are.
Marilyn Scott – Family Pastor
Marilyn Cáez-Scott was born in Connecticut and raised in Puerto Rico between the ages of 5 to 15 years old. Raised as a Catholic, she came to know Jesus at the age of 12 and was baptized as a Seventh-day Adventist. The family returned to the US shortly after her fifteenth birthday. After graduating from high school in East Hartford, Connecticut, she attended Atlantic Union College as a Biology/Pre-Med student with plans of becoming a pediatrician, her lifelong dream.
Marilyn met George Kretschmar, a Religion/English double major at AUC, and they married shortly after graduating. George became a pastor and attended the Seminary at Andrews University. It was during this time in Michigan that she received the nudging from God to serve Him and partner in ministry with her husband. They worked in ministry together until 2002, when George passed away, after battling cancer. They served in New York, Southern New England, and the Potomac conferences. While in Maryland, she worked at the General Conference. It is here where she met Greg Scott. Eventually, they would marry. She has a grown daughter, son-in-law, and one grandson.
In 2009, Marilyn received a call to serve as a full-time pastor in the Chesapeake Conference at the Spencerville Church, where she served about seven years. In 2016, she transitioned to New Hope Church. She recently completed a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry at Andrews University Seminary.
Marilyn loves bringing all people to Christ, but her work with children brings her the greatest joy. She might have not fulfilled her dream of becoming a physician, but after 25 years of ministry focused on mentoring and guiding young people, she considers herself a “Spiritual Pediatrician”, caring for their spiritual needs and well-being. She serves as our Family Ministries pastor working with children and families in deepening their relationship with God, one another, and living out their faith.
She loves spending time with people and enjoys reading, music, archery, walking, puzzles, and coloring. Her favorite food is anything with chocolate.
Chelsy Tyler – Student & Volunteers Pastor
Chelsy was born and raised in Miami, FL. As she was growing up, her family moved around a couple of times before finally settling in TX, which Chelsy calls her second home. She was raised a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, but didn’t really commit to following Jesus until a caring adult at church really showed her the love of God in her middle school years. That commitment to follow God eventually led to an unexpected calling to go into ministry.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theology from Southern Adventist University in TN. There she met her husband Corey. They don’t have any kids but hope to have a dog (or two) one day!
She pastored in Arlington, TX before coming to New Hope in 2019. She now serves as our Student Ministries and Volunteer Ministries pastor, working with high school students, young adults, and volunteers to pursue deeper intimacy with and service to God.
Andre Arrais – Worship & Outreach Pastor
Andre was born and raised in Brazil in a pastoral family. Upon finishing high school, he decided to study Law at the Adventist University of São Paulo. During his fifth and final year of Law School, Andre had a strong conviction that God was calling him to become a pastor and give up his future as a lawyer. After graduating with his Law degree in 2009, Andre married Natalia (his Law School classmate) and started his Theology degree (Master of Divinity) at Andrews University in 2010.
After completing his studies in 2014, he received a call from the Texico Conference to pastor in New Mexico. In 2018, he started serving as the Young Adult Director for the same conference. During his time there, Andre and Natalia were blessed with two beautiful children: Noah and Stella.
In August of 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Andre accepted the call to serve at New Hope after describing the selection process as being one of the most clear manifestations of God’s providence in his life.
In his free time, Andre enjoys playing music, shooting hoops, and being outdoors with his family. He is also a member of the duo band “Os Arrais”.
Carolyn Cooper – Administrative Assistant
Carolyn was born in Washington, DC, and raised in various cities throughout Brazil, where she lived for 20 years. From a young age, she learned the importance of serving while watching her parents build Seventh-day Adventist churches and schools in some of the small cities of Brazil. She attended the Adventist University of São Paulo and graduated with a degree in music and art education in 2008. She worked as a music and art teacher on one of the three campuses at the same institution.
In 2014, she moved back to the United States and started attending New Hope Church, where she met her husband Brian. They married in 2018 and have a dog named Arty. Carolyn loves music, road trips, books, and Brazilian food (especially desserts).
Here at New Hope, Carolyn helps to support Pastor Marilyn and Pastor Chelsy in Family Ministries, Student Ministries, and Volunteer Ministries. She also manages New Hope Church’s social media and serves as a worship leader.
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