Our Staff


April Barrett – Lead Pastor

pastorapril@newhopefm.org

 

Pastor April Barrett is passionate about moving people into healing and wholeness through a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.  She has a B.A. in Pre-Law/Humanities from Michigan State University and was ordained in the Free Methodist Church in 2008.  She has served alongside her husband, Pastor Patrick Barrett, in leadership development ministry in Costa Rica and a Hispanic church plant in Michigan, as well as other dynamic ministries focusing on delving into the Bible seeking transformation through the power of His Holy Spirit.   Pastors April and Patrick have two grown daughters, newly-married Rachel Ford, and Lydia Barrett.
2 Corinthians 5:17–“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.”

Ilysia Martin – Director of Worship

ilysia@newhopefm.org

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Ilysia Martin is a musician and believer in Christ who is passionate about using music to further the Word of the Lord and heighten people’s worship experience. Ilysia has been involved in various worship ministries for the past 9 years including leading worship at local churches, camps, and at Roberts Wesleyan College in Upstate New York. She received her B.A. in Music on the Roberts Wesleyan College campus and knew that God was calling her to worship ministry as a career. Ilysia has also obtained a minor in English/Literature and enjoys both reading and writing in her spare time as well as photography. She grew up in Rochester, NY and this is her first time moving out of state! Ilysia and her husband Spencer were married in July 2016 and are so excited for this new chapter in their lives together. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. –James 1:22-25


Chris Kaufman – Director of Student Ministries

chris@newhopefm.org

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Chris Kaufman is a man dedicated to serving Jesus Christ with his whole heart, mind, and soul; with a heart for seeing teens come to a committed relationship in the Lord. Chris is studying with the Liberty University online program in order to get his Bachelor’s in Religious Science and Theology and plans to go onto seminary for his Master’s in Divinity.

Chris enjoys playing a plethora of musical instruments, reading from the Word, and a good cup of bitter tea. Sometimes you can find Chris behind the drum kit as the drummer for Christian metal band We Are Wormwood; where he has a chance to evangelize to venues and people that may have never heard of Jesus.

Chris was born in Littleton CO, but grew up in Milan, Michigan where he both attended and served the Milan and Monroe Free Methodist Churches. Chris has been married to his wife Jordan for over a year now and they live in Ypsilanti, Michigan with their pet sugar glider: Vita.

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”- Philippians 1:20-21