Meet Our Staff

Rev. 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 from Columbia Bible College and a Master of Theological Studies from Columbia International University Seminary.  Pastor Steven has also taken courses from Chafer Theological Seminary, Andersonville 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.  
Tonya Hunter
Music Director


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 Director at New Hope Baptist Church.

Director of Youth and Children
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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.