Brandon Griffin became pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in January 1997. A native of Tallahassee, FL, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Florida State University and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brandon was part of a church plant in Arlington, Texas, in the mid-1990s, but has spent the vast majority of his ministry at New Hope, working through the various challenges that exist when a pastor chooses to plant himself firmly in one ministry for a long period of time. His pastoral desire is to see New Hope operate as a real church functioning for the glory of God, working through the avenues of doctrine, family, and missions. Brandon met his wife, Beth, at Southwestern, where she graduated with a master’s in counseling. Along with serving the community in her role as a biblical counselor through the Chipola Baptist Association, Beth homeschools the four Griffin children, Calvin, Rebekah, Carey, and Kate, at their home in Marianna, FL.
Kurt McInnis has been a member of New Hope since July 2003 and its associate pastor since February 2007. Kurt is originally from DeFuniak Springs, FL. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Huntingdon College and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before going to seminary, Kurt taught English for a number of years in his hometown. There, he met his wife, Lori, who also taught English. Lori is now a homeschooling stay-at-home mom to Jack, Carolyn Jane, and David. Kurt also teaches reading at Chipola College as an adjunct. The McInnises make their home in Chipley, FL.