Church Officials and Staff 

Dr. William E. Russell - Pastor:

Dr. Russell has been serving as Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church since September of 1992.  He graduated from Virginia State University in 1960, and has since received his Master's and Doctorate degrees in Education from Temple University, after beginning studies for the ministry at Crozer Theological Seminary, Chester, PA in 1963.


A Virginia native hailing from Princess Anne County (now Virginia Beach), he returned to Virginia in the early 1990’s after a lucrative 27 year career as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in New Castle County, Delaware.  Upon his return to be near friends and family, his retirement proved to be short lived as he began serving as Assistant Superintendent of Chesapeake Public Schools in 1991, and as Deputy Superintendent of Chesapeake Public Schools in 1995.


In addition to his duties of Pastor and Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Russell is also involved in a number of civic and community activities.  He is a member of the NAACP, Old Dominion University’s Board of Visitors, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  He also received the L.D. Britt Community Service Award because of his involvement in the creation of a scholarship that assists students who wish to have careers in medicine.


Dr. Russell is married to our first lady, Angela C. Russell.  They now reside in Portsmouth, VA and have three grown daughters.
Associate Ministers:

Reverend John Harris:

Dr. Harris has been with New Hope Baptist Church for approximately 2 years.  He became a minister on March 10th, 1995; and graduated from Roanoke Theological Seminary with his Bachelor of Divinity.  Dr. Harris also attended Andersonville Baptist Seminary where he received his Master of Ministry and United Christian College where he received both a Bachelor of Theology and a Doctor of Divinity.  


Dr. Harris was born in Louisa, Virginia on March 23rd, and now resides in Suffolk, Virginia.  He is active in the Pughsville Community Civic League in Suffolk, VA and the New Hope Community Center in Norfolk, VA.  Besides his dedication to the ministry, Dr. Harris is also a talented homebuilder, supply clerk, typist, contractor, and he is the owner of PromiseLand Hauling.


Dr. Harris  and his spouse, Sister Irene M. Harris have been married for over 45 years.  They have been blessed with three children.


Reverend Larry Thomas: 

Reverend Thomas is a native of Pennslyvania.  In addition to all of his other responsibilities, he facilitates the Wednesday night Bible Study for New Hope Baptist Church.  He is married to Deaconess Charlene Thomas.

Reverend Carnell Hardy: 

Welcome Back Reverend Hardy!  Bio in progress.


Sister Terri Lawrence, Church Clerk

Sister Donyette Smith, Financial Secretary

Sister Wendy Dixon, Assistant Financial Secretary

Sister Tawana Hawks, Treasurer

Sister Vanessa Marshall, Assistant Treasurer