Core Team

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Lead/Founding Pastor

Jeffery & Joanne Portmann

We moved to Puyallup in July of 2013 to begin the faith adventure of starting newhope church. We exist to present hope and develop people. High school sweethearts, we’ve been dating for over 30 years and have two sons Justus and Josiah. We love spending time with family and at the beach in Hawaii (Joanne was born there). Lifelong learners, Jeffery has a Doctorate of Ministry and Joanne is working on a PhD. in Education. Thai food is our favorite, and travel, speaking, developing leaders, most sports, shave-ice, and a good movie pour life into us.

jportmann@newhopech.com :: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
joanneportmann@newhopech.com  :: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

 
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Director of Operations

Jeremy Frisinger

I have my role at newhope because I’m the kind of person who actually enjoys numbers, spreadsheets, and lists. In my spare time, I root for the Seahawks and Mariners, as well as playing fantasy sports... which is glorious because it combines sports and numbers! My favorite flavor of ice cream is vanilla, and I eat Peanut Butter Captain crunch everyday for breakfast even though I don’t like peanut butter.

jfrisinger@newhopech.com :: Facebook

 
 
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Creative Arts Pastor & Community Groups Pastor

Adam & Annie Roberts

We are convinced that the local church is God's plan to bring the hope of Jesus into our communities and we want to spend our lives in that pursuit.  Adam is passionate about using creativity to offer glimpses of the glory of God, and curating stories of redemption and hope. Annie has spent the last fifteen years developing and resourcing leaders and cares deeply about helping people find community while growing closer to Jesus. Our daughter, Quinn, is the raddest kid ever.  We love a good board game, prefer our peanut butter chunky, and disagree about the humor of "dad jokes". 

aroberts@newhopech.com :: Facebook | Instagram

abailey@newhopech.com :: Facebook | Instagram 


 

 
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Communications & Marketing Director

Emily Smith

My love for ministry grew as a volunteer throughout middle school, high school, and college, and I knew that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  I have a passion to help facilitate God’s work so that as many people as possible can know the love of Jesus Christ.

I am from Maryland where most of my family still resides. In Puyallup, I have my husband, Paul, who I met while leading technical production teams. We also have a dog, Brutus, and two cats to round it out. 

Fun facts about Emily: I love the PNW weather (especially the rain), videos games and board games are my favorite way to spend time with family & friends, if napping was an Olympic sport I’d have a gold medal, and I make really, really good Italian food from scratch.

esmith@newhopech.com :: Facebook

 

 
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newhope Kids Lead

Amy Howarth

Logan and I love people & love families! So it’s only fitting that we help develop families to love and follow Jesus and we love calling newhope Silverdale our home campus! 

We met in 2007, got married on 8-8-08 and then had three kids: Ace 2011, Amily 2013, and Amberose 2016. Fun fact: Amberose holds the record at Silverdale hospital as biggest baby born at 13lbs 2oz! 

We love to have people over, eat, talk & play games! Logan loves to build & create and I love to read. And we love to do fun adventures with our three awesome kiddos!

ahowarth@newhopech.com :: Facebook


South Hill Campus Team

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Elementary Director

Sarah Boyer

I believe that helping kids understand that Jesus loves them, and encouraging them to love others is an incredibly important task. It is a privilege to serve in Elementary and be a part of what is happening at newhope.

Eric and I are high school sweethearts that have been married since 2006 and have three children, Noah, Grace and Micah, with another baby due summer 2018.

In my opinion, almost every activity is better while drinking a cup of coffee, and you can never have too many pairs of running shoes or flip flops.

sboyer@newhopech.com

 
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South Hill Kids Director

Jill Thaut

Steve and I met at church 28 years ago and have been married 25 years.   We have three kids, Jake, Emily and Jonny.  Jake is pursuing a career as a firefighter. Emily is a Senior at Rogers High School, and Jonny (our bonus child) is a 6th grader at Woodland Elementary.  We love spending time with family! Vacations and holidays are our favorite!  God has always placed children on my heart, and we as a family are excited to be part of newhope kids! 

jthaut@newhopech.com

 
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Nursery Director

Marissa Budge

I love that I am one of the first people who gets to help teach “our” kids about God and how great he is. My husband, John, and I were married in June in 2011, and we have 4 kids combined (Riley is 16, Logan 7, Anna 5, and Addie our foster to adopt baby was born December 2017).  We are so happy to call newhope our second home.  I don’t normally share this, but I can touch my nose with my tongue…shhhh don’t tell anyone (my daughter Anna can as well).

mbudge@newhopech.com

 
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Host Team Director

Eddy Dizon

Often, when asked why I do what I do, I answer with this...Because I love our community and desire to see people become the best version of themselves! 

My bride, Gina, and I have been married 17 years this coming June and together we have the opportunity of raising the Fab 4. In my spare time, I enjoy hangin' out with family and friends, Friday night movies, coaching sports of any kind and tinkering around with my 1978 FJ Cruiser! 

My favorite meal of the day is breakfast and I love going on vacation!  Ice cream is way overrated and the kids laugh at me because I am the worst at remembering words to songs! 

edizon@newhopech.com :: Facebook

 
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Hospitality Directors/Pastoral Care

Jeff & Mary Lincicum

We met in 1972 and were married in 1977.  Yes, we know that many of you were not even born then.  We have two grown children and two grandchildren that we take care of full time.  Grandkids either keep you young or make you old depending on the day.  God has blessed us greatly and our mission is to give those blessings back to others.

jlincicum@newhopech.com

 
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Development Pastor & Teaching Pastor

Heidi & Justin Keeler

Both Justin and I have a passion for helping people grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and how He has created each of us to walk with Him and live out the purposes He has created us for. That is why we love newhope church - it is all about those two things!

We have two young daughters, so there is constant energy, singing, dancing and activity going on in our house!

We love to travel, eat Thai food, remodel houses, & watch Fixer Upper!

heidilynnk@msn.com :: Facebook

 
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Youth Pastor

Monica Bowsher

When I was a teenager I encountered the love of Jesus, and He changed the course of my life. At newhope I am privileged to create environments for students to experience Jesus, and let Him transform their lives.  In my free time, I enjoy playing cribbage with my husband, exercising, and walking my dog. I could live off of Thai food and pho. Every meal. Every day. For the rest of my life. 

mbowsher@newhopech.com

 

 
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Teaching Pastor

Les Welk

We met at Northwest University as college sweethearts and have been married since 1975. We have 3 grown kids and 7 grandchildren. We have a deep love and passion for the work of the local church and have spent most of our lives serving the church in one capacity or another. We spent 18 years at a large church in Seattle and served as the Network Leaders for the Northwest Ministry Network for 20 years. Currently, we are dedicated to the work of caring for leaders so they are strong to care for others.  We serve as pastoral counselors with Ministry Resources International. 

We are avid Mariners & Seahawks fans… Go Hawks! 

les.welk@gmail.com


South Kitsap Campus Team

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South Kitsap Lead Pastor

Scott & Angela Fenton

When we felt called to plant a church in South Kitsap, we knew we did not want to do it alone! newhope's culture of multiplication "5in5" and a clear and compelling purpose to present Hope and develop people is what drew us to newhope! Married for 16 years to my wife Angela, we have two pretty cool kids, Elle 14yrs and Luke 12yrs. We also have two dogs  Moose and Millie whom we consider family as well. We are proudly Disneyland junkies and probably care way too much about the Seahawks and the Mariners.

sfenton@newhopech.com :: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

 
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SK Creative Arts Lead

Brittany Waldbillig

Nick and I met in 2014 and were married in August 2016. We just welcomed our baby boy Milo into the world and are loving this time together as we start a family (it really is the greatest). Nick and I love the mission and heart of newhope and are thrilled to be a part of the team. We were both raised in South Kitsap and I am a SK Gal all the way! We love the Hawks, our pupper dogs, and Mexican food. Fact: I believe one can be both a cat and dog person. Also Fact: I have always been a little afraid of the Easter Bunny. 

bwaldbillig@newhopech.com

 
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Early Childhood Directors

Matt & Shanelle LaCombe

We first met and “dated” back in junior high. We took a 12 year break, then found each other on Instagram and started falling in love. We have been married since 2013. We have 4 kids, Kaden, Makayla, Kennedy, and Karly. We were both raised in and have a huge heart for South Kitsap. Our family loves to watch movies, play outside, root for the Seahawks, make chocolate milk, eat popcorn, do art projects; and laugh a lot!!! We love being a part of the team at newhope.

mlacombe@newhopech.com | shanelle.lcmb@gmail.com

 
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Communications & Production Director

Lehua Tandal

In 2016, Isaac and I felt the Lord prompting us to move from our home in Honolulu, Hawaii out here to Washington.  We saw a sign on the side of the road for newhope Church and immediately believed that being and serving at newhope would be a key factor of our new life in Washington. 

In my spare time, I like to create. Whether it’s things like practicing  some sketching, hand-lettering, or wood burning, I like to see what my imagination can come up with. 

I have some very strange food rules. Some of those being... I don’t like peanuts but I love peanut butter, I don’t like the taste of coffee but I love coffee ice cream, and I absolutely hate tomatoes but I put ketchup on almost everything. 

ltandal@newhopech.com

 


Español Campus Team

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newhope Español Lead Pastor

Victor & Sue Rivera

Our desire is to glorify God by serving and developing others, challenging them to become what the Lord has declared them to be. We have been serving in ministry for over 22 years while dedicating many years reaching and developing the Hispanic community. We have been married for over 30 years, have three adult children and three grandsons. Sue is an Oncology Nurse Navigator. Vacationing in the Caribbean is a must but we really enjoy staycations, hiking and exploring the northwest.

newhope español launching 2018!

vrivera@newhopech.com :: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


Silverdale Campus Team

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Silverdale Lead Pastor

Josh Sperry

Lacy and I believe that we have been placed in ministry to build others up! One of my greatest passions is having the opportunity to develop, encourage, and empowering others to go places they might not have ever gone on their own. We embrace the idea of being better together in ministry and this is how we live out people becoming the church. 

We are a family of six! You read that correctly, two boys and two girls. We have adopted two of our children and two of them are biological. We like to be active and keep things even! 

I also love to nerd out on board games with friends. The idea of being snowed in a cabin with a hot fire, friends, and board games is just short of heaven to me! 

jsperry@newhopech.com :: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter