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 & Discipleship 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.
Jason Decena – Worship & Outreach Pastor
Jason was born in Long Beach, CA, and grew up in Southern California. He grew up in an Adventist household and attended Orangewood Adventist Academy for 12 years (where he met his wife, Heidi, in 9th grade).
He went on to study theology at Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, CA. He was asked to speak for a Student Week of Prayer and the experience changed his trajectory. He has pastored in Chico and Escondido, both in California, before returning to his alma mater, PUC, to pastor at the college church. He joined the New Hope team in 2014.
He and Heidi love eating good food (but he also really likes eating junk food), and they have two sons who both enjoy basketball, soccer, and video games. He serves as our Worship & Outreach Pastor, overseeing the weekly worship services and empowering and coordinating our members to minister in our local & global community.
Carolyn Lima-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.
Daniela Mantilla – Administrative Assistant
Daniela was born in Armenia, Colombia. Her grandfather was a prolific evangelist and following his legacy, Daniela developed her passion for service from an early age. She attended Adventist schools until she was 5 years old before moving to Spain in 1999, where her father served as an evangelist until 2000. Her family then moved back to Colombia, where she finished most of her elementary education prior to moving to the United States in 2005.
Daniela attended Century High School in Eldersburg, MD where she received the Polyglot Award for her skill and love of languages. She went on to attend Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, MD, earning her bachelor’s degree in social work, while serving in the university’s admissions office. She is currently completing her master’s degree in clinical social work while working as an administrative assistant at New Hope.
She lives with her father, mother, and younger brother. She enjoys mission trips, traveling, and hiking in her spare time. She loves reading, music, dogs, and coffee.