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Meet Our Leadership Team

Meet our leadership

Say hello to the leadership team at New Hope Christian Fellowship. Got questions for the lead team at New Hope? Contact us by clicking here.

" We are a work in progress, and God's best is found in the community of Christ." -Pastor Jeff

Jeff Axtell - Lead Pastor

Pastor Jeff Axtell and his wife, Jen are locals to Sacramento. Both Jeff and Jen have a heart for community; relationships are a priority. They have an ever growing family; Hope and Joey Hecocks, Caleb, and Drew. Jeff holds a Master of Theology degree from Western Seminary and has been in ministry since high school, serving as a youth leader, Elder and Pastor.

He and Jen enjoy hosting events at their home with friends and guests. Mentorship and Discipleship are at the heart of their ministry, passing along the many biblical wisdoms that God has shown them over the years of service.

Josh Biedel - Associate Pastor

Josh has been a part of the New Hope family for over two years now, and loves it tremendously. He has a zeal for the Church and to build it up strongly; he passionately yearns to serve others via equipping the saints and by worshipping God together.

He has previously served in churches from children’s ministries all the way up to seniors. Josh’s primary background was as a teacher in public education for 10 years from middle school up through college, as well as being a vice principal at a classical high school. His educational background consists of a B.A. in History (CSUS), a B.A. in Theology (Portland Bible College), a M.A. in Teaching (University of Portland), and a M.A. in History (CSUS). He also currently serves as a professor at Theos Seminary online.

Jess Deatherage- Director of Young Adults Ministry

Jess is full time staff here at New Hope. She serves as the head of our Young Adults Ministry and Event coordinator. She has a passion for walking alongside her peers with the goal of leading them toward spiritual maturity. She has graduated from Sac State with a BA in Psychology and is pursuing her masters in Counseling Psychology at William Jessup University.

Rob and Lynn Bivens - Worship Leader and Bookkeeper

Rob and Lynn have been serving at New Hope longer than they have been married. They have a passion for serving and building the New Hope community.

Sara Aranda-Lawson - Church Secretary

Sara and her husband Bradley have been at New Hope for over 20 years, as well as Sara serving on staff, they also serve in other ministries.