Meet Our Team

Say hello to the leadership team at Hope Church

Steven Beardsley - Lead Pastor

Steven Beardsley is the Lead Pastor. Ministering along side him is a diverse team of ministers dedicated to fulfilling Jesus' call to make disciples of all. Steven is married to his wife, Regina of 23+ years.

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Lela Cooper - Executive Pastor

Lela Cooper helped start Hope Church in 2012. Jenny serves as the Executive Pastor at Hope. Jenny is married to her husband, Trey. Jenny loves football and mystery novels.

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Desi Lugo - Connections Pastor

Desi Lugo joined the Hope Church leadership team in 2015 as the pastor of student ministry. Melissa loves dogs and Star Wars.

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Rachel Lugo - Pastor

Rachel Lugo joined the Hope Church leadership team in 2015 as the pastor of student ministry. Melissa loves dogs and Star Wars.

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Arash Ahmadpour - Pastor

Arash Ahmadpour is a man whom God has humbled. He strives to present the gospel in a meaningful and authentic way that will enrich and stir you. Arash is married to his first love of over seven years and is utterly grateful for three beautiful children God has blessed them with.

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Meg Ahmadpour - Pastor

Meg Ahmadpour serves Newark UPC on the pastoral team. She is living her best life as a wife to her husband and co-laborer Arash, and mother to their 3 children. She also loves to serve really good espresso from the Ahmadpour Cafe!

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Debbie Pierce - Pastor

Debbie Pierce and her late husband, Clancy, pastored for 27 years in Cecil County, Virginia. She homeschooled her six children, was a high school math teacher, and plays flute, banjo, and piano in the church orchestra. As a member of the pastoral team at Newark UPC, her mission is to assist in ""All Making Disciples of All."

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Roy Moss - Pastor

Roy Moss was founding of a church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma for 46 years. During this time he served in several leadership positions. He and his wife, Barbara, have been part of the Newark UPC since 2013, and have tried to be of help wherever there was a need.

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Regina Beardsley - Pastor

Regina Beardsley is the Director of Music, playing piano, organ, and violin (but not all at once). Trained as a nurse, she also administrates Developing Global Health, a project that works to increase health in developing countries. Her biggest love on Earth, though, is her family: her husband Steven, and their 5 children.

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Joyce Allen - Executive Assistant

Serving as the Executive Assistant to the Newark UPC pastoral team, Joyce Allen is delighted to learn, grow, and help others. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Antoine, of 15 years and her 3 children together.