Staff & Leadership

Rev. Sarah Palsma, Pastor
Rev. Sarah Palsma grew up in Syracuse, NY before landing in Columbus, OH. She is a graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, IA (B.A. in History and Religion) and Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI (Master of Divinity). Pastor Sarah previously served at New Hope Church for over 10 years as the Associate Pastor. She is a voracious reader, habitual hiker, musical theater enthusiast, and college basketball fan.
Rev. Dr. Christopher Jacobsen, Pastor
Rev. Dr. Christopher Jacobsen is Co-Pastor of New Hope. He is a native of Sioux City, IA, and a graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, IA (B.A. in Religion), New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey (Masters of Divinity), and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN (Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Mission and Leadership). Pastor Chris previously served churches in Freehold, NJ, and Wyckoff, NJ. He and his wife Sarah have three children. He is a lifelong fan of the Dallas Cowboys and enjoys many sports and hobbies, including golf, music, comic books, roasting coffee, and brewing beer.
Director of Children’s Ministry
Christine Loy
Director of Music Ministry

Administrative Leaders


Consistory is the governing board of New Hope Church which is comprised of installed Elders, Deacons, and Ministers.
  • Shawn Barrett, Heidi Coniglio, Kathie Gardner, Adam Hall, Ken Harris, Trent Hartranft, and Sandy Moberger
  • Mark Breading, Bill Bryan, Terry Forgy, Kate Kerscher, Wendi Leon, Rick Schuster, Takako Tysen