Leadership

Our Pastoral Staff

Nick Panico

Senior Pastor

Pastor Nick was raised in Roman Catholic traditions in suburban Chicago and accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1976. After moving to Clearwater, Florida in 1983 he began serving on staff of a growing church where he met his wife Elly. After nearly fourteen years of service as an Associate Pastor, Nick and Elly launched out to plant a church in the Dunedin area. Global Family Fellowship served the community for seventeen years touching thousands with the gospel through various outreaches, both locally and overseas.

Nick’s love for people and his ability to communicate the timeless truths of the Bible in a practical way are hallmarks of his ministry. In 2014 God led the leadership of Global Family Fellowship to move further north in the county. After purchasing the beautiful property on Riviere Road in Palm Harbor, New Hope Church was born.

Karen Hanson

Executive, Women & Interim Children's Pastor

Pastor Karen surrendered her life to Jesus on December 25, 1995 after the unexpected death of her husband. For the sake of her own life and the life of her daughter, she set her eyes on the Lord as she was so lost and alone at that time. Now, she marvels at the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord! She has a passion to see people connect with Jesus and to grasp How much He loves them and that He truly is a good God.

Pastor Karen has a sales and marketing background, received her Master's in Theology, has served as Pastor with children, singles, women, missions, outreach, and small groups. She led short term mission trips to Costa Rica, Haiti, Nicaragua, Russia, New York, California, and Brazil. She also ministered in Kenya and Panama. She currently lives in Oldsmar with her daughter, 2 dogs, 2 cats and is a Therapeutic Foster Parent and the Senior Chaplain at the Pinellas County jail. All for Him and because of Him.

As well as overseeing the administration of the church, Pastor Karen also directs the Women's ministries and Connect Groups.

Barry Sullivan

Youth & Missions Pastor

Pastors Barry & Tracy have ministered in the Tampa Bay area for more than 25 years. After spending time on the mission field, then serving as youth and associate ministers in area churches, they planted a church in Oldsmar in 2002. While pastoring that church, the Lord began speaking to them about establishing a House of Prayer in the city. Not knowing what that would look like or how it would function, they put the idea on hold and pursued other things God laid before them, until 2013 when they went to serve on staff at the IHOP Tallahassee mission base.

In the fall of 2015 the Sullivans moved back to Tampa Bay and established Oldsmar House of Prayer. Their part on the ministry team at New Hope enhances this, allowing them to express their love and heart for the Body of Christ in a personal and specific way.  And their love for young people compels them to do all they can to help raise up a generation of passionate lovers of Jesus!

Jon Courtney

Worship Pastor

Jon has been involved with worship for more than 30 years. For 20 of those years he has been in full time ministry. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, ministering to thousands with his music ministry, sharing the stage with former presidents, famous sports figures, celebrities and dignitaries.

Jon previously helped pioneer another church in Pinellas County for three and half years, and was on staff for more than ten years at Countryside Christian Church as the Music Director/Worship Leader and an Associate Pastor. He is an ordained Pastor with the heart of a shepherd, and Jon & Regina's passion is to lead people in a true, transparent worship, experiencing the tangible presence of the living God.

Brittany Gillette

Saturday PM Worship Pastor

Jason and Brittany Gillette are worship music composers / singer / songwriters. They are also the founders of One Fire Worship Inc., and One Fire Recording Studios in Tampa, Florida. Passionate about pursuing the heart of God with their lives, they believe God is always good, and He desires to encounter each one of us personally. They passionately desire to release the sound of heaven over all the earth, and to be in partnership with those who burn with the same passion and share the same vision.

They believe worship is about pursuing true intimacy with God, and that every moment in life is an opportunity to do just that. They focus on the glory of God, and His manifest presence being encountered by all people in every nation. They express the un-ending love of God, who He is, and who we are in Him.

They exist to worship the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and believe that their mandate is to pursue true intimacy with God in His manifest presence. Their vision is that all people would taste and see the glory and goodness of the one true living God.