New Hope aims to love, serve, and share God's grace with the Columbia community. One of the ways that we share God's grace is by ministering to the least of these in the Columbia, especially those who are homeless. For over 15 years, New Hope has been working to meet the needs of the homeless in our community. The ministry started with bagged lunches packed at the church and then distributed in downtown Columbia. In providing food to the homeless community, New Hope listened to the needs of the those who were homeless and began to provide clothes on seasonally to those who are homeless. We are now in partnership with Transitions Homeless ministry and Lunch on the Lawn to minister to those who find themselves homeless. 


Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.
— Matthew 25:35-40

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Lexington Race Against Hunger

When we partner together, we make a bigger impact! This is why we participated in the Lexington Race Against Hunger that benefits organization consistently providing help to those in need like Lexington Interfaith Community Resources. Together we make a difference!


New Hope's Ministry Staff

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Rev. Merianna Neely Harrelson, Pastor

Merianna Harrelson came to New Hope Christian Fellowship as a pulpit supply preacher in April of 2016, and she accepted a call to pastor New Hope in March of 2017.

She has a MDiv from Gardner-Webb University and MA and BA from Furman University. She and her husband, Sam, have three children ages 9, 6, and 18 months, and two dogs. 

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Rev. Jack Younts, Associate Pastor

Jack Younts is a native of North Carolina and is married to Judy Little Younts. He has served for over 24 years as a Bi-vocational Pastor in two churches. He also served as a chaplain to individuals with developmental disabilities for 20 years before retiring. He holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Education degree. He completed clinical training at Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia, SC.

Wendi Humphries, Minister of Music

Wendi Humphries is a 32 year veteran teacher and the Choral Director at Brookland-Cayce High School. She is a graduate of Airport High School, the University of South Carolina and Columbia College.

Wendi also serves as Minister of Music at Park Street Baptist Church in down town Columbia and Music Director at New Hope Christian Fellowship in West Columbia. 


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