New Hope United Methodist Church

Pastor Renee Edwards and Husband Paul E. Jones, Jr.
   Pastor C. Renee Edwards and her husband, Paul E. Jones, Jr.

Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”– – –Matthew 28:19–20 New International Version

New Hope UMC Members and Friends welcome the appointment of the Rev. C. Renee Edwards to our congregation effective July 1, 2014. Pastor Renee comes to us with a breadth of pastoral experience, leadership skills, and a passion for parish ministry and spiritual development for the diverse church and people of God.

Rev. C. Renee Edwards, Licensed Local Pastor of the NC Annual Conference, is a native of Southampton County, Virginia. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin E. Edwards of Courtland, Virginia, Mr. Dennis W. Overby of Branchville, Virginia, and the late Gyendelyn P. Overby (who entered the church triumphant on March 29, 2014). Renee is the oldest of three siblings. She is a 1987 graduate of Ferrum College (located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains), where she received a Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies and minored in Child Development. Renee also received her Certificate of Completion in the Basic Course of Study at Duke Divinity School in July 2010. She plans to pursue her Advanced Course of Study work in the summer of 2015.

Renee has spent her life's work in the capacity of a Christian Educator, Short-term Missionary (Hinton Rural Life Center), Youth Director, Program Director, and Pastor. She also has work experience in human resources, fundraising, and domestic and sexual violence. Renee became a Licensed Local Pastor in the North Carolina Annual Conference in 2005 and began serving Trinity Parish (formerly the Rocky Mount District) in 2004 before being appointed to Sharon UMC (Beacon District) in 2007. She was appointed to New Hope at the 2014 Session of the North Carolina Annual Conference.

Renee is a newlywed. On September 21, 2013, she married Paul E. Jones, Jr. of Elizabeth City. While Paul is most supportive of Renee's ministry, he is a member of Riverside UMC, where he serves as the Chairperson of the Church Council and Lay Member to the NC Annual Conference. Renee and Paul have two daughters, two son-in-laws, and two grandchildren.

Emma In June, they welcomed the newest member of their family, 'Lil Aussie's Emma Lou of Millbrooke Estates. Emma, for short, is a Miniature Australian Shepherd who will undergo training to receive her Canine Good Citizens and Therapy Dog certificates. If all goes well, she will also receive Agility and Flyball training. In addition to enjoying their furry friend, Renee and Paul are RC Airplane and Helicopter enthusiasts.        Emma at 9 weeks

Though Renee is new to New Hope UMC, she is not new to Methodism. Renee was baptized in October 1964 at Branchville UMC and has been a Methodist for almost five decades. Her passion is to "live out" the Great Commandment and "live into" the Great Commission; and she looks forward to doing just that in the New Hope community.

Pastor Renee looks forward to meeting you this Sunday as we worship the Risen Christ, and at other times during the week. Because Pastor Renee values being amongst the people, she will not hold traditional office hours. However, should you have church related business, are in need of an appointment or have a pastoral emergency, please call Pastor Renee's cell 252–333–2793. You may also click here to send her an email.

Attend worship this Sunday and meet Pastor Renee in person!


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  • 9 AM – Sunday School
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All schedule times are subject to change based upon emergency needs of our church community. We recommend that you call ahead or make an appointment to visit with Pastor Renee.

Pastor Renee will attend all scheduled meetings as posted on the website or in the church bulletin.

Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who will be in service to the needs of people in the
community of New Hope and beyond.
   Enter to worship – – Depart to serve.

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