Pastors & Staff

Michael Addison

Lead Pastor

Pastor Mike's greatest calling is being a husband and a father.  He and his wife April have two kids, Peyton and Emma.  When he's not doing that, Pastor Mike is a gifted pastor, speaker, evangelist, leadership consultant, professor and business administrator.  Pastor Mike is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God International.  He earned his Bachelors Degree and MBA from The University of the Cumberlands.  Pastor Mike also works as the President of the Appalachian Children's Home and is the President of the Alumni Board at The University of the Cumberlands.  Though he is a proud resident of the State of Kentucky, he bleeds orange!  Go Vols!!!

Paula Farmer

Senior Pastor 

Pastor Paula has always known her ministry is for hurting churches.  After evangelizing for 22 years, she and her husband, Mike, planted New Hope Ministries with 74 members on July 11, 2003.  The heart of the church was, and still is, rebuilding broken people.  They have seen God transform lives now for 15 years along with tremendous growth.  Pastor Paula has been in ministry 37 years.  Ministry is life to her.  She has one son Shannon and wife Missy, a daughter Angel and husband Chad.  She also has five grandchildren Sam, Max, Cole, Anabella, and Benjamin who she loves to the moon and back.  There is never a dull moment in her life.  Pastor Mike is now in heaven where he has received his reward for his labors.

Jared and Kayla Fields 

Worship Leaders

Jared & Kayla lead us into God's presence each week as New Hope’s Worship Pastors. They married in 2009, and have three wonderful children together, Adalyn, Ayden, and Alayna. Jared began singing at a very early age, and has been a minister of music since he was a teenager.
Both Jared & Kayla earned their bachelor’s degrees from EKU. Jared is now a high school mathematics teacher. He recently earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from EKU as well as a Rank 1 Education Specialist degree from the University of the Cumberland’s. Kayla went on to earn a doctorate in dental medicine from UK, and serves her community as a dental director in public health.
At New Hope, they oversee all areas connected to creating a positive worship experience. Jared directs our vocalists, praise team, choir and musicians. Through great passion and talent, Jared and Kayla lead anointed worship in the sanctuary and encourage practicing worship in our own lifestyles.

Jacob & Alli Moore

Small Group and Student Pastors, Media Director

Jacob and Alli are the student pastors of The ROCK student ministries. They have an amazing son, Elijah, who is everyone's favorite person. They love to say married life is the best life!  They have a passion for working with the ROCK Students. They seek to see students COME to know Jesus, CONNECT to His Church, and build their life on the ROCK (Jesus)! They also work together in another passion - building community within the church through small groups.  He is an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.  He is a self-defined nerd,who always has a book in his hand and loves all things Star Wars. Jacob graduated from Refuge School of Ministry in Enterprise, Alabama in 2012, graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Political Science and History in 2015, and received his Masters of Public Administration from EKU as well in 2017.  Alli loves to sew and in fact makes her own clothes sometimes! She is always reading and writing. Alli loves to play guitar and sing as well. She graduated from the University of the Cumberlands in 2017 with her degree in Education. She also her Masters of Library Sciences. 

Brandon & Sarah Harbin

High School Pastors

Brandon & Sarah are charter members of New Hope and are currently the High School Pastors.  They are totally committed to delivering the gospel to our students so they experience the power of God for themselves.  They have a beautiful little girl, Adeline.  She is miss personality, and she always speaks to EVERYONE.  Sarah sings on the praise team and leads The Rock Band (our high school ministry worship team).  She works as a pediatric dental assistant and works great with kids and students.  She loves meeting new people, being with family and being a momma.  Brandon is currently attending Somerset Community College and is studying to be a Physical Therapy Assistant.  He also works in the ER at Baptist Health Corbin and has a passion for people.  He enjoys anything outdoors, making music and spending quality time with his family.

Matthew VanNorstran

Children's Pastor

Matt has worked with children for nearly a decade in multiple ministry and school system contexts. As an ordained minister in the COG, he holds ministry/bible college certificates and a Bachelor of Bible & Theology from Lee University. He is currently a full-time student at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary working towards a Master of Theological Studies in the Hebrew & Greek Languages. His plans include pursuing post-graduate and doctoral degrees. Matt is involved with the family landscaping business but enjoys spending his free time involved in nerd/geek culture.

Cheryl Gibson 

Finance Officer 

Cheryl has lived in the area since 2000 and has been at New Hope Ministries since 2004.  She is married to James, and they have one son, Kevin and daughter in law Carrie.  They also have two grandchildren, Caitlin and Clara.  Cheryl has held various positions at New Hope such as Sunday School teacher, Children's Church worker, work in the church office and with Vacation Bible School in different areas

Donna Carter


Donna has lived in the Tri-County area most of her life. She is married to James. Has 3 children Michael, April and Nicole and 5 grandchildren. The Lord sent Donna and her family to New Hope in 2017. Donna is very thankful for the opportunities the Lord and New Hope have given her.