Meet our Leaders

Say hello to the leadership team at New Hope Rising Church

Jeremiah 3:15 ESV

“And I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding."

RAY & GAIL KIRKLAND | LEAD PASTORS

Dr. Ray and Gail Kirkland became the Lead Pastors at New Hope Rising in 2020. They are passionate about leading people to Jesus and salvation, and to empower them in their Christ journey. As Lead Pastors, they cast vision and empower New Hope Rising to fulfill its commission from the Lord to ‘make disciples’. They believe New Hope Rising is to be a regional hub where people from all walks of life can flourish in every area of their lives.


Dr. Ray and Gail have a happily blended family with 6 children and 17 grandchildren. One of their greatest joys is to host area pastors and leaders for refreshing times of vision-casting and inspiration, leadership development, discipleship, and fellowship. They love to travel, experience new places, food, and people. They believe New Hope Rising’s greatest and brightest days are ahead!

Ray and Gail

BILL & EULA WEAVER | PASTORS OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Pastors Bill and Eula bring to their ministry a heart for children, years of experience in Children’s and Music ministry, capable organization, and a sold-out commitment to Christ. They have raised 3 children to adulthood and now enjoy their extended families.

Bill and Eula

ABIUD & DYLANDREA BONILLA| IMPACT RISING YOUTH LEADERS

Abiud and Dylandrea Bonilla are leading youth from our church and the local community, helping them strengthen their walk with God and building relationships with each other.

The Bonilla's are raising two children, Sarai and Ezekiel. Their faithful service to our church is a blessing.

Abuid and Dylandrea

HEATHER VALENZUELA | WORSHIP LEADER

Heather brings her lifelong passion for singing to use for its originally intended purpose... to glorify our Savior and King. The joy of her heart is to lead God's people in thankful praise and worship.

Heather

JENNIFER ASH

Jennifer joins our church from Chesapeake Virginia. She has worked alongside Pastor Ray to develop and teach our midweek School of Purpose classes. Jennifer brings a vast background of ministry and education, offering a depth of wisdom and understanding of Kingdom culture that is enriching our church body.

Jennifer

DYLANDREA BONILLA | OFFICE SECRETARY

Dylandrea is joining our team as office secretary and assistant to the Pastors at New Hope Rising. She brings to the team a gift for organization, creative skills, and team building. We've very excited to have her on board!

Dylandrea

JARED BENNER | MEDIA AND PRODUCTION

Jared has faithfully managed the media booth for a number of years, operating cameras, lighting, and video. 

He's always open to teaching others to share in the ministry of spreading the Word through social media.

(He's also a Really Fun Guy!!)

Jared

TOSHUA SERRATO | ADMINISTRATOR

Toshua joined New Hope Rising in 2020, working remotely from Houston, TX. She serves as the church’s office administrator. Toshua is married to her husband Tony, is a devoted mother of 4, and Gigi of 2.

Toshua