November 2019  
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Senior Pastor

Andrew Hise

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Welcome our new Senior Pastor Andrew Hise

Our Senior Pastor John Andrew Hise a native of Virginia. He is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and Piedmont Baptist College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies – Focus in Pastoral Studies.

Starting as Senior Pastor at New Hope Friends in June, 2019. He and his wife, Megan have a son, Ezra.






Carolyn Grady

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Carolyn has been a member and attended New Hope Friends church most of her life.  She has served as Church Secretary for 7 years.  She manages the daily operations of the Church office, answering phones, responding to emails, scheduling use of the facilities, sending out church information by phone, prepares weekly church bulletins and monthly newsletter.  She also assists the Pastor and the Associate Pastor with various other duties.

Carolyn is married to Bobby E. Grady.  They have 2 daughters, Kelly and husband Damon Race, and Holly and husband Kendall Hardee.  They have 7 beautiful grandchildren.  You may contact Carolyn at

Choir Director

Denny Sutton

Denny Sutton joined New Hope Friends Meeting in 1966.  His love for music began when he was in elementary school.  Falling in love with the trumpet, he joined the band and learned to play.  In his high school years Denny excelled to Captain of the band, 3rd class musician, and All-State Band. He was also a member of the high school dance band and an officer of the dance band.  He later became one of the founding members of the popular Spectacular’s, singing lead and playing trumpet.  The band played for school dances, civic organizations, and other groups all over eastern North Carolina.

After giving his heart and life to Jesus Christ in 1966, Denny became the choir director of New Hope Friends Meeting and held that position until June of 1995.  During those years he joined The Watchman Quartet, singing tenor for the group until the spring of 1992. In the fall of 1992 he became the founding member, tenor singer and manager of The Royal Descendants, retiring this group on December 31, 2013.

In the late summer of 2011, New Hope Friends was in need of a new choir director.  After much thought and prayer and meeting with his pastor, Bill Garner and the music committee, Denny agreed once again to accept the position as choir director and music leader.

Denny is married to Linda Daniels Sutton. They have two boys, Alan and wife Jeannie and David and wife Shay.  They have four beautiful granddaughters who are the apple of his eye.

Denny enjoys using his talent and love for music in a God given way and he will be quick to tell you, The Hand of the Lord has been on him all the way.

Finance Secretary & Pianist

Elaine Edwards

Elaine Edwards has been a member of New Hope Friends Church her entire life. She feels a strong bond and deep connection with her church Family stemming from the active roles her parents had at New Hope Friends. She was hired as the first Office Secretary for New Hope in 1981 and kept that position until approximately 1998. She then assumed the role of Financial Secretary/Treasurer. Elaine is responsible for all Accounting functions, assists church committees with budgetary planning and works closely with the Finance Committee, Office Secretary and Pastors. Elaine has also been the Pianist for the Youth and later the Adult choir since age 16. She has a great love of music and considers it one of the foundations upon which New Hope Friends stands.


Elaine is married to Virgil Edwards. They have two wonderful children, a son Justin and a daughter, Shelley.