Our Staff

cherie privett


Cherie lives in Princeton with her husband, Kevin, and their dog, Harley. They have three adult sons. She loves to spend her time painting furniture and crafting! 


Natalie Tillett

Administrative Assistant

Natalie lives in Wylie with her husband, Michael, and their kids. She loves spending time with her family, writing, using her creativity, adventuring outdoors and has a huge heart for kids. 


Cheryl Diaz

Financial Director

Cheryl lives in Wylie, TX with her husband, John.  They have three kids:  Cole, Madison & Sawyer.  She is a big fan of working out, running and gardening.




Michelle Cox

Finance Team

Michelle lives in Wylie with her husband, Dirk, and their kids, Brianna and Zachary. She loves to spend time with close friends and family. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising or curling up with a good mystery novel.


Betsy Mills

Finance Team

Betsy and her husband, Scott, have raised their 4 children in Wylie. They have three boys: Garrett, Noah & Luke, and one girl: Maribeth. Betsy has a tremendous heart to help others. She is a connecter, constantly pulling together pieces of her relational puzzle in beautiful efforts to take care of her community. Betsy is known for creating unique decor pieces and enjoys relaxing and having fun with her people.


Angel Bass

Creative Design

Angel lives in Wylie, TX with her husband, AJ, and their six kids: Aidan, Alijah, Aiyla, Aria, Amiya and Addison. In her "one minute" of spare time, she enjoys reading, cheesy disaster movies and all things technology.



Mindie Runnels

Creative Design

Mindie lives in Wylie, TX with her husband, Joshua. They have three daughters: August, Harper and Shiloh, and a son: Judah. She loves friends, DIY projects and cereal.



Jill Carter

Creative Design

Jill lives in Lowry Crossing with her husband, Josh. They have a 2 children, Jude & Jolee, and two dogs. She is a caring friend, a crafter extraordinaire and a talented creative. If you have an idea, Jill is the girl to make it happen. She also has some pretty legit dance moves. 


Jake Vicknair

Wylie Campus Pastor

Jake lives in Wylie, TX with his wife, Christine. They love hanging out with their sons, Ethan & Ty. Jake spent several years in missions and traveling internationally. He’s a great story-teller and loves to laugh.



AJ Bass

Worship Pastor | Arts & Tech Director

AJ lives in Wylie, TX with his wife, Angel, and their six kids: Aidan, Alijah, Aiyla, Aria, Amiya and Addison (the "A" team). He loves playing board games with his family, songwriting, baseball and movies.



Philip Causey

Youth Pastor

Philip lives in Wylie, TX with his wife, Audrey, and daughters Ellie and Eden. Philip grew up in Taylorsville, NC. In 2009, he moved to California for a Discipleship Training School with YWAM, where he had the privilege of experiencing the nations and leading teams into cross cultural outreach. He loves coffee, fashion, sports and making people laugh.


Jesse Watts

Children's Pastor

Jesse lives in Wylie with his wife, Kasha, and son, Justus. After pastoring a small church in Kansas for seven years, he moved to Texas to help with the launch of the New Hope Lucas Campus. Jesse has an unrelenting passion to foster a culture of deep love, enthusiasm, relationship and worship.


Lynn Burgess

Equipping Pastor

Lynn lives in Lucas, TX with her husband, Stan. They have four grown kids and 12 grandkids.  Lynn loves being around people...lots of people! She is passionate about seeing them realize their God given design as they develop into Kingdom leaders.



zac wetegrove

Facilities Manager & Missions Coordinator

Zac is an adventurer from Uvalde, TX. He moved to the Wylie area when he married his wife, Melodie. He loves hanging out with their kids, Summit and Selah, and traveling to new places. Zac is a dreamer, never lacking for new ideas, and has a gift for improving the environment around him. Also, he may just be able to take Jill in a dance-off. 


Brett Tilford

Lucas Campus Pastor

Brett hails from Sachse, TX where he lives with his wife, Maggie, and three kids: Eve, Dax and Oak. He loves 3-letter names, running, solitude, conversations over coffee and reading. His favorite authors are: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Marilynne Robinson, James Cone, Karl Barth, Dallas Willard, Sarah Coakley and Thomas Merton.


Keith Spurgin

Lead Pastor

Keith lives in Wylie, TX with his wife, Susan.  They have four grown kids and four more by marriage.  He loves cycling, travel, reading, and watching sports. His passion is seeing people engage their God-given potential.  Keith and Susan's first years in ministry were spent in Hong Kong, China before moving back to this area and beginning New Hope.  Since then, Keith started The Growth Resourcing Group (GRG) which mentors leaders of organizations to develop healthy cultures that positively influence people’s lives and change the world for good.