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.
New Hope's Ministry Staff
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.
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.