We are a welcoming, inclusive faith community, seeking to respond to Christ's call to love and serve, through ministries of compassion and social justice.
Kim Wells, Pastor
Kim has been the pastor of New Hope since 2016 and is so grateful to be in ministry alongside the people of this congregation! Having been raised from early childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kim completed her B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley and her M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to her ministry at New Hope, Kim serves as the Chair of the Board of the Asheville Poverty Initiative and participates in Faith 4 Justice Asheville. Kim enjoys frequenting the shops and walking in her West Asheville neighborhood, working in her garden, making mosaics out of salvaged and foraged items, and vacations that involve tide pools and echinoderms.
Office hours by appointment
Erin May, "The Hub" (Church Administrator)
Erin is raising two children with her husband, Darrin, who is the Air Traffic Manager at the Asheville Regional Airport Control Tower. Before moving to Asheville, Erin and her family previously lived in Elmira, New York, where Erin worked in a similar administrative role at The Park Church, a UCC congregation. What Erin enjoyed most in that position was getting to be “the hub” of all the church’s administrative activities. She would love to meet you! Come by the church office during office hours to say hello. Contact Erin.
Church Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9 AM-2 PM
Rob Blackwell, Director of Music Ministry
Rob Blackwell received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Ohio State University. He is currently both the pianist for Cantaria and the Music Director of the Asheville Community Theater, having led over a hundred musical productions in the U.S. and abroad. He has also served as a vocal coach in both Philadelphia and New York. Prior to joining the staff at New Hope, Rob served as the pianist at Jubliee Church here in Asheville. He would love to talk with you about joining the choir or playing your instrument in worship! Contact Rob.
Choir rehearsals: Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 PM, September-May
Choir warm-up for worship: Sundays, 10:20 AM
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Nancy Spann, Clerk of Session
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Nancy grew up in Statesville, North Carolina and moved to Asheville in 2013. She is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Nancy spent her career at Appalachian State University, where she oversaw programs that helped freshmen become acclimated to college. A lifelong Presbyterian, Nancy served as a deacon and an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Boone. She is happy to be at New Hope, where she is inspired by the worship services, fellowship, and open-minded discussions. Having previously served as the chair of the Faith Formation Committee and as a member of the Pastor Nominating Committee, Nancy enjoys time with family and friends, books, and travel opportunities.
Jay Maveety, Financial Secretary
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Jay and his family have been members of New Hope since 1987. He was the church treasurer for fourteen years, was the chair of the most recent Pastor Nominating Committee, and is currently Financial Secretary. Jay graduated from Georgia Tech with an engineering degree and retired from the Mission Health System in Asheville. He is a student at OLLI, UNCA’s college for seniors, and his interests include native plants, hiking, genealogy, opera, motorsports, and old cars. Jay is married to Susan; they have two children, James and Sarah, and two grandchildren.
George Bauernfeind, Treasurer
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George joined New Hope as an affiliate member in 2022. He grew up in northern New Jersey and met his wife, Sally, in college. After he graduated from West Virginia University with an accounting degree, they moved to Washington, D.C., where George worked for several large CPA firms. During this time, he also earned his Master of Laws in Taxation degree from Georgetown University, and later worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Raleigh, NC, and Miami, FL. In 1989 he took the position of Vice President of Taxes for Humana, Inc. in Louisville, KY, and retired from this position in 2014. George and Sally’s six children and thirteen grandchildren are spread out across the country, in California, Boston, South Florida, South Carolina, and Raleigh, with their youngest son and his family here in Asheville.