OUR STAFF

Our staff helps keep us moving in the right direction.

Join us any weekend, and you’ll have an opportunity to meet them and the rest of our team.

Mike Speegle

Mike Speegle

Lead Teaching & Administrative Pastor

Born and raised in Stockton, Calif., Mike became a Christian (and Seventh-day Adventist) in his early 20s, while working as a journeyman butcher.

After feeling that God wanted him to become a minister, he attended Pacific Union College — where he also met his wife of 30+ years, Lorie. He later earned a master’s degree from Andrews University.

Mike has pastored in Las Vegas, Utah, Lake Tahoe, Atlanta, Colorado, California and Washington, and has worked at the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, MD.

He and Lorie have two sons: Aaron, a cardiac radiography technician in the Denver area, and Benjamin, who works in Columbia, MD.

Jason Decena

Jason Decena

Outreach & Worship Pastor

Jason was born in Long Beach, Calif., and raised in Southern California. He met his wife (an incredible cook), Heidi, when they were freshmen in high school.

Jason attended Pacific Union College and was an undecided major for two years before realizing that God had wired him for pastoral ministry.

After graduating, he pastored up and down the state of California, serving in Escondido and Chico, before moving back to Pacific Union College to serve at the campus church prior to coming to New Hope.

Jason loves bass guitar, disc golf, food and podcasts. He can frequently be found geeking out at the many free museums in the Washington, D.C. area.

He and Heidi have two sons, Luke and Aidan, who love reading, board games and dessert.

Marilyn Scott

Marilyn Scott

Family Ministries Pastor

Marilyn was born in Connecticut and lived in Puerto Rico from 5-15 years old. Although she was raised in a Catholic home, at the age of 12 she took a different step in her faith journey and was baptized as a Seventh-day Adventist Christian.

She attended high school in East Hartford, Connecticut, before going to Atlantic Union College as a Biology/Pre-Med student with plans of becoming a Pediatrician. That all changed when she met George, who was attending college to become a pastor.

They married soon after graduating and then served together in a number of churches in New York, Southern New England and Maryland until 2002, when George passed away after battling cancer.

At that time she was working in the HR department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Silver Spring, MD. There she would meet Greg Scott, who worked for Adventist World Radio; eventually, they married.

In 2010, Marilyn began to serve as a full-time pastor at the Spencerville Adventist Church, where she served seven years before joining New Hope in 2016.

Marilyn has a daughter, Kaiya, who is married to William. They are both nurses in Maryland.

She loves spending time with people and enjoys reading, music, archery, walking, puzzles and coloring. Her favorite food is anything with chocolate.

Chelsy Tyler

Chelsy Tyler

Student Ministries & Volunteer Ministries Pastor

Chelsy was born in Miami, Florida, and hails from Texas. She first attended the University of Texas in Austin double majoring in nutrition and religious studies. But after some defining moments when she realized God was calling her to ministry, she transferred to Southern Adventist University where she studied theology. There, she met her husband Corey in the theology program.

After graduating, she served as Children’s Ministries Pastor in the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist Church in Arlington, Texas. Then family needs brought her and Corey back to Maryland where he was born and raised. She then worked at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Washington Adventist University and Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Takoma Park, Maryland, before joining the pastoral team at New Hope.

Chelsy enjoys working out, reading, and playing video games. While she and Corey don’t have kids, they hope to soon have a dog (or two) at least!

Carolyn Lima Cooper

Carolyn Lima Cooper

Administrative Assistant to Pastor Marilyn & Pastor Chelsy

Carolyn was born in Washington, DC and raised in various cities in 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 (UNASP) and graduated with a degree in music and art education in 2008. She worked as a music and art teacher in one of the three campuses of the same institution.

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.

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).

Daniela Mantilla

Daniela Mantilla

Administrative Assistant to Pastor Mike & Pastor Jason

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, Maryland where she received the Polyglot Award for her skills in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. She went on to attend Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland, earning her bachelors degree in social work, while serving in the university’s admissions office. She is currently completing her masters 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 on her spare time. She loves reading, music, dogs and coffee (lots of coffee).

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