The son of a pastor, eldest of four children, born and raised primarily in the Midwest, Pastor Jim Ferguson came back home and to us from a pastorate in South Carolina. Previously he had served the Lord with Christian Service Brigade in New England. He has been married to Laurel since 1974, and together they have three children, two of them adopted from Korea (but they can’t remember which two). Believing that God has specifically and spiritually gifted him in the area of teaching, that is the primary focus of his ministry.
Favorite pastime or hobby: Reading espionage novels, solving puzzles (Crypto-Grams or Crypto-Quotes) and watching sports on TV.
Jared Van Noord
Jared grew up in a ministry family and is grateful for God’s grace through faith in his own life from a young age. He and his wife, Kristen, have been married for 19 years. In that time, they have been blessed to welcome 12 children into the world ranging in age from 2005 to 2021. They moved to Green Bay in 2018 from Michigan when Jared entered the OPC and accepted a call to New Hope. He has previously served churches in Michigan and Illinois as well as serving as a chaplain in Christian mental health.
Favorite pastime or hobby: He enjoys doing just about anything with the family, listening to a good story, or bit of history. If coffee’s involved, even better! He can also be found rooting for just about any Michigan sports team.
Rachel, who has lived in Green Bay her entire life, has been attending New Hope officially for just over two years. She was raised in a Christian home and has always aspired to work in ministry one day. She was extremely excited when she began working as New Hope's Administrative Assistant in January of 2022, and she hopes that this is the start of a long career in the church. As a people person she enjoys managing the front desk since it gives her the opportunity to chat with everyone who visits.
Favorite pastime or hobby: Reading (especially the classics), Writing for her blog and for fun, and Stage Managing for any number of local theatre productions.