Meet Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Steven F. Pace
Senior Pastor
Pastor Steven F. Pace is originally from Columbia, SC. Steven has a degree in Business as well as a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies, a Master of Theological Studies, and a Doctorate in Theology (Th.D.). Pastor Steven has taken courses from Columbia International University, Andersonville Theological Seminary, and Moody Bible Institute.
Steven’s primary focus is on proclaiming Christ Jesus and the gospel through prayer and the teaching of God’s Word. He also enjoys ministering through various pastoral care ministries and oversight of the local church.
Pastor Steven provides verse-by-verse Bible teaching, believing that God’s Word is truth and the sole means of sanctification for the believer (John 17:17). He believes that having a thorough knowledge of God’s Word will result in the believer being equipped to do the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11-12), as well as have a daily walk that is worthy of the Lord (Eph. 4:1).

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.

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.
Director of Youth and Children
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Anthony (Ace) Cahill
Director of Music

Anthony moved to Lancaster from Matthews Virginia in 1994. He is a graduate of Lancaster High School and attended York Technical College. He and his wife Brittany have four wonderful children, Ceana, Taybren, Layna, and Easton. Anthony has served as praise and worship leader for over ten years. He served at South Pointe Fellowship in Pageland, SC and New Horizon Community Church in Lancaster, SC. Anthony believes in Christ centered worship, and that worship is a lifestyle not just singing on Sunday morning.