Welcome to New Hope!
If you’re new, please, get to know us!

You can find more information about us to the right (or below, if you’re viewing this on your phone) such as service times, what we as a church believe, FAQ, the missions we support, some of our small group ministries and resource groups.

First though, please meet some of our staff!


Shawn McMeekan,  Director of Music + Small Groups

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Shawn McMeekan, a native of Kalamazoo, was called to ministry as a student in high school where he participated in several ministries and missions with his local church youth group at Galesburg United Methodist Church. Enjoying the arts, he has performed and directed many musicals and dramas since then. Shawn was attending New Hope Church when the church decided to hire him as Director of Music and Worship.

Over the years Shawn has served as our Director of Music and Worship, he has played a vital role in our weekly worship, directing our worship team, and choir. 

Shawn also serves as our Director of Small Groups and Ministries. In this capacity, he provides leadership for the church’s many small group and ministry leaders. Together, they plan the activities we celebrate as a church family. They also work to fulfill the church’s ministry goal each year.

In addition to serving God here at New Hope Church, Shawn also serves God full-time at Comstock Green Meadow Elementary as the school’s K-4 Instructional Coach. As the school’s coach, he is responsible for coaching the school’s teachers on instructional practices, administering district and state assessments, and overseeing the school’s reading and math interventions.

Busy as Shawn is, he still makes time for his family which includes his son Collin, who is attending Grace Bible College to become a missionary, and his daughter Kiah Lynn, who is attending KVCC and eventually WMU to earn a degree in fashion merchandising.

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Judy Petro, Church Accountant

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Judy was born in Alpena, MI. She attended Ferris State University, and Western Michigan University where she completed her bachelors degree in Marketing. She considers it a joy to be working part-time at such a God-filled church for over 10 years. She and her husband, Mike have been married for 29 years and have three wonderful children, Reid, Brooke and Joe. Judy’s favorite thing to do is spending time with her family at their cottage up north.

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Jan David Dewitt, Former Pastor

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After 18 years serving in other Covenant churches, Jan was called to serve as pastor at New Hope Covenant Church in June, 2005, and served as pastor until November, 2018.