Staff & Leadership
Rev. Stephen M. Norden, Senior Pastor
Rev. Stephen M. Norden is the founding pastor of New Hope Church. New Hope held its first worship service on September 16, 1984. He is a graduate of Hope College and received his Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary, both in Holland, MI. Steve and his wife, Jean, have three sons, two grandsons and a granddaughter: Billy, who with his wife Mara co-pastors The Community, a ministry of the Reformed Church in America in Ada, MI, and their sons Berend (“Bear”) and Arie; Charlie, who is Plant Manager for Universal Forest Products in Tampa, Florida and is married to Mary, and their daughter Charlotte; and Pieter, who is married to Amy, and is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Northwestern University Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute. Steve serves as a volunteer chaplain for the Dublin Division of Police, and as the voice of Dublin Scioto Irish football.
Rev. Sarah Palsma, Associate Pastor
Rev. Sarah Palsma is New Hope’s Associate Pastor, with specific responsibility for Adult Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and helping volunteers find a place to serve at New Hope. She is a native of Syracuse, NY, a graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, IA with a B.A. in History and Religion, and received her Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. Sarah also has a keen interest in music and theater.
Rachel Warren
Director of Children’s Ministry
Lindsey Allen
Director of Youth Ministry
Christine Loy
Director of Music Ministry
Administrative Leaders
This Consistory is the governing board of New Hope Church which is comprised of installed Elders, Deacons, and Ministers.
  • Trevor Schaap (Chair of Deacons) Heather DiMasi, Kip Witchey, Lisa Wallschlaeger, Stephanie Vermeer, Heidi Coniglio, Trent Hartranft
  • Wen-Shing Liaw (Vice President of Consistory), Martha Whittington, Mark Dutton, Kate Kerscher, Ryan Shultz, Diane Vander Stoep, Mark Breading