Mahlon Smith, Senior Pastor
Called to be a Christ-follower, pastor, and family man, Pastor Mahlon Smith is serving as the Senior Pastor at New Hope Baptist Church. He completed his Master of Arts in Christian Thought at Biblical Theological Seminary in 2002, followed by ordination into the Southern Baptist Convention in 2003. He has been preaching the Word of God for nearly 25 years, and is excited about the assignment God has for him as Pastor here at New Hope Baptist Church. He and his wife Debi have four children: Zachary, Joshua, Abigail, and Micah.
Micah Stoudt, Associate Pastor
Youth & Music
Pastor Micah was born in Lowville, NY, and raised in Watertown, NY. He attended the Word of Life Bible Institute for two years and spent two more years traveling full-time with the Word Of Life Redemption Team/Band. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Pastoral Ministry (with an emphasis on youth and music) from Trinity Baptist College, and was ordained here at New Hope in 2017. Pastor Micah came on staff in 2015 as a Ministry Assistant, and he currently leads our youth and music ministries. He and his wife Vilma have one child: Jonathan Leonidas.
Vilma Stoudt, Church Secretary
Vilma was raised in Los Angeles, California where she studied and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from CSULB. She grew up in a small Southern Baptist church where served in various ministries including nursery, children’s ministries, and headed Operation Christmas Child. She and Pastor Micah married in 2017. She currently co-leads our children's ministry, leads our nursery and check-ins ministries, and serves in many other areas. She and her husband Micah have one child: Jonathan Leonidas.
Lynnette Dirgo, Seniors Ministry
Lynnette has a degree in psychology from the University of Kansas. She started her career in hotels as a marketing manager. When she retired, she worked as the secretary of the First United Methodist Church for 11 years. She has been a member of New Hope for 6 years and a born-again Christian since she was 12.