newhope is a safe place for all of us to explore what following Jesus looks like. It's a place to be yourself, build friendships, grow spiritually, and laugh. We have a vision to present hope (the hope of Jesus) and develop people (people becoming the church). And there are no perfect people allowed. The Gospel is good news for broken people like me.
Everyone is welcome at newhope regardless of your story, questions, doubts, or struggles. We don't pretend to have all the answers but believe in The God who does. Like the 1st-Century Christians, we gather for large group celebrations on the weekend, and then meet in community groups during the week to connect in relationship, grow spiritually, and live out our faith by serving the community. This is what we mean by 'people becoming the church.'
We are people becoming the church. Our mission is to:
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Jeffery & Joanne Portmann – newhope Lead
We have been together since High School and were married in 1993. We have two sons, Justus & Josiah who keep us laughing and praying. Jeffery is Norwegian and Joanne is Samoan, so something is pillaged and burned every week at our house by our boys and their awesome friends. We love family, athletics, and traveling to anywhere with a beach.
Jeffery came to faith in Christ as an elementary school kid and Joanne while in Junior High. We love the mission of The Church! We have been serving in ministry for over 20 years in various roles and moved to South Hill June of 2013 after feeling a clear calling to plant newhope. We exist to present hope and develop people.
Brad & Chantel Rohr – newhope Creative Arts
We were both born and raised in Western Washington. We met while attending Northwest University in Kirkland, WA and were married shortly after graduating. Six years later we were blessed with our baby boy, David. We love traveling to warm places and spending time together as a family.
We have had the privilege of serving as pastors in Everett and Lacey before moving here to South Hill. We moved to the area in the beginning of 2014 and are excited to be part of what God is up to here in South Hill.
Jeremy & Marissa Frisinger – newhope Business
We began dating in high school and were married in 2005. Our son Malachi is almost 2 years old and is tons of fun but he keeps us on our toes at all times! We love Seattle sports, movies, and Disneyland.
We have served as youth pastors over the last 7 years. Jeremy has also worked in management with Nordstrom, and Marissa has spent the last 9 years as a Labor & Deliver nurse at various hospitals. We moved to South Hill December of 2013 after feeling a clear calling to be a part of the launch team of newhope. We are excited to be a part of a church that engages people both in the church and in the community.
Josh and Lacy Sperry - newhope Youth and Groups
Lacy and I have known each other for 13 years and been married for 7. We now have two amazing kids: Josh and Layne. Our family loves Disneyland, the Seahawks (even BEFORE they won the Superbowl), road trips, and an afternoon cup of coffee.
We are so excited to be able to connect the students of South Hill to Jesus!
Victor and Sue Rivera - Associate
Sue was born in Honduras and I was born in Puerto Rico. We were married in 1987 while I served in the Marines and have three adult children. Sue and I enjoy hiking and nature.
We have been serving in ministry for over 20 years in various ministries and in the community, especially helping to develop and grow the Life Center Spanish ministry for over 16 years. Sue also works as a nurse in public health, oncology, and other hospital areas. I have worked many years in enterprise information systems, and as an Assistant Pastor. We are striving to glorify God by serving and developing others, challenging them to become what the Lord has declared them to be.
newhope partners with organizations and families across the street (locally) and around the world (globally) who are sharing the good news of Jesus and investing in their communities. These are listed below.
The Myers served 8 years as missionaries to Swaziland, Africa. Their primary focus there was to support the efforts of the national church in developing ministry to children.
Currently the Myers serve the people of Ethiopia through identifying unreached peoples of Ethiopia and developing strategies for church planting among them.
Want more info? Go to myersinethiopia.com.
The Kowalskis have served as pastors and educators in North America and around the world. In the Spring of 2013 they felt called to shift their focus from training students in the United States to relocating to Bandung, Indonesia. They are starting community meetings for English-speaking Indonesians where they can build relationships and share their faith.
What more info? Go to gokowalskis.com.
The Teen Challenge Graham Women's Center is a non-profit faith-based program for women who are 18 years or older, whose lives are being destroyed by life-controlling problems. It may be drugs, alcohol, gang activity, destructive behavior or other negative life styles. Bob and Carolyn Stone (right) have served as directors of the center for over twenty-five years.
Teen Challenge is an international Christian program with a 50-year history of providing assistance, supporting, and challenging people to make the right choices by turning away from their destructive life styles.
Want more info? Go to teenchallengepnw.com.
Located in the Holy Disciples Catholic Church side parking lot, the Graham South Hill food bank is just one of the seven fish food banks serving Pierce county. The food bank is run mostly by volunteers, and it provides food to low-income and homeless individuals in the area.
Want more info? Go to www.fishfoodbanks.org.
Avery is working alongside Dave Kenney, an Assemblies of God missionary in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her focus is on developing education and medical programs, sports outreaches, and discipleship groups within a local church in Jakarta.
Want more info? Go to averyhop.blogspot.com.
The Downeys currently serve the people of Thailand.
Want more info? Go to http://3dthailand.weebly.com/.
Ryan and Angela McCullough
Ryan and Angela will be engaging cross cultural ministry, church planting, and working towards involving college students in evangelism through the ENGAGE program. They have a heart to build relationships and serve the international community and unreached people groups in Europe. Ryan and Angela have worked in church planting and evangelism training among the unreached comunities in Washington and Idaho.
Want more info? Go to https://www.facebook.com/mcculloughmissions.
Craig and Dana Mathison
Craig and Dana Matthison serve the people of Spain by developing local church leaders.