Meet Our Staff

Rev. Steven F. Pace
Senior Pastor



Pastor Steven F. Pace is originally from Columbia, SC.  Steven has a degree in Business/Marketing as well as a Bachelor’s in General-Biblical Studies and Master of Theological Studies from Columbia International University Seminary and School of Ministry.  Steven enjoys serving the Lord through the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ and making disciples.  His focus is on proclaiming Christ Jesus and the gospel through prayer and the preaching and teaching of God’s Word.  He also enjoys ministering through various pastoral care ministries.  Steven has served at First Baptist Columbia, as well as Pastor of Bethune Baptist Church.  Steven and his wife, Merritt, have one son, Samuel.  Steven enjoys reading, sports, and time with family.

Tonya Hunter
Music Minister 


Tonya is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and currently serves as principal ofMcDonald Green Elementary School.  Before accepting the call to serve at New Hope, Tonya directed music at Flat Creek Baptist and Sand Hills Baptist in Kershaw.  She has also served as youth director at Camp Creek Baptist in Lancaster and Buffalo Baptist in Kershaw and Flat Creek baptist.  Tonya is married to Randy Hunter and has two children, Tiffany and Evan.  Music is truly her passion and considers herself blessed to be able to serve the Lord as music minister at New Hope Baptist Church.

Chris Snead
Youth Minister
Chris is currently a student at Liberty University Online working on his Bachelors Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. Chris has a passion for seeing students come to know Christ in a real and personal way. His focus is teaching and preaching God’s Word and making disciples. He has also served as a deacon at Springdell Baptist and was the Student Pastor at Union Baptist for over 3 years. Chris enjoys sports, and spending time with family and friends. Chris and his wife Barbara also enjoy spending time with their dog Moses. They work together to impact youth and impact the Kingdom.


Angie Kirk,
Ministry Assistant
Angie joined the staff of New Hope in March 2006. Born and raised in Lancaster, SC, she is married to Timmy Kirk and is blessed with a son Christopher and a grandson CJ. She previously worked as a secretary for 20 years for Godfrey’s Office Products and Davis Business Systems. She has always said this is her ministry and is honored to be in God’s house each day helping God’s people.