Staff

Mark Kring - Senior Pastor

Raised in a small harbor town on the west coast of Michigan, Mark grew up in a tight knit family community. After high school he ventured off to a Bible college in Grand Rapids, today known as Cornerstone University. While in college, Mark met the love of his life, Loralee (Dantuma). They married after finishing college and blessed with 4 children- Adam, Derrick, Ashley and Mackenzie. 

In 2007, Mark and Loralee (along with a prayer team of 20 friends) explored the possibility of launching a new church in the NE part of metro Lansing, today known as New Hope. In his spare time, Mark enjoys hunting, fishing and opportunities to work outside landscaping the family property. Mark can be contacted at  mark@newhopehaslett.com

Gary Post - Associate Pastor

Gary’s role as Associate Pastor is to provide day-to-day oversight for the operations of the church, to assist the senior pastor and the elders with the development of new ministries, and to provide pastoral care and support for the New Hope family. Gary’s ministry passion is to help people discover and cultivate their individual lives with God through prayer, teaching and study of the Scriptures and then to guide them toward their unique giftedness and ministry fit at New Hope. Gary’s diverse life experience includes a previous career with the Michigan State Police, as well as work in the corporate world and as an Executive Pastor at another large church. Gary and his wife, Jeanne, have been married over 40 years and have three adult children and two grandsons. Gary enjoys reading, carpenter work, sailing and getaways with Jeanne in Northern Michigan. Gary can be contacted at gary@newhopehaslett.com

Michael Glenn - Worship Pastor

Michael can trace his participation in worship services back to when he played “Silent Night” on a half-size violin for his kindergarten Christmas Eve pageant. Since then he has served in many capacities for many different churches in both music and technology. The siren song of success in secular music played only briefly, and upon graduation from Arizona State University’s School of Music, Michael committed his musical endeavors entirely for the purposes of raising joyful noises for his Savior. Michael has served New Hope since early 2007 and firmly believes in the possibilities in this church and fellowship for greater worship. When Michael is not at a piano, you will likely find him spending time with his beautiful wife, Marla, and their four children. He also enjoys water sports, running, Mexican food, and good movies. Michael can be contacted at  michael@newhopehaslett.com

Kyle Denny, CPA – Operations and Connections Pastor

Kyle joined the staff in March 2017 coming from a corporate background where he worked in a local CPA firm.  Kyle serves as the Operations and Connections Pastor at New Hope, meaning he oversees small groups, assimilation, finance, and overall church operations.  He also has a passion for youth and has been serving in youth ministries for the past eight years, first as a leader with Young Life and then as a high school youth leader here at New Hope. Kyle and his wife Chelsea married in 2013 and are expecting their first child. When he isn’t working or volunteering, Kyle enjoys reading, running, snowboarding, and playing board games with friends. Kyle can be contacted at kyle@newhopehaslett.com


Deborah Wright - Children's Ministry Director & Executive Assistant

A lifelong resident of the greater Lansing area, Debbie knows her way around town. She currently resides in Okemos with her husband, Gene. Together they have 3 adult children and a wonderful daughter-in-law. Prior to her employment at New Hope, Debbie worked at home as a child care provider for almost 20 years. During this time she was actively involved at her former church as the Children’s Choir Director. God has used Debbie’s past experience, heart for kids and passion for His Kingdom to prepare her for service at New Hope as our Children’s Ministry Director and Executive Assistant. Besides work, she keeps busy with Bible study, reading, planning parties, cooking and hanging out with her family and adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Wilbur. Debbie can be contacted at debbie@newhopehaslett.com

Wendy Scott - Children's Ministry Assistant

Wendy has been a member of New Hope since 2008 and has served in various volunteer positions during those years. She and her husband Jim are residents of Haslett and have two grown daughters, Katie and Erin. Wendy grew up in the Flint area, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from MSU and spent almost 20 years as a Medical Technologist at Sparrow Hospital before retiring to become a stay-at-home mom. Once the girls became older, much of Wendy’s spare time was spent volunteering with the schools and at their church. She is excited to serve part time as New Hope’s Children’s Ministry Assistant. In her free time, Wendy enjoys reading, gardening, singing, and cheering on her Spartans! Wendy can be contacted at wendy@newhopehaslett.com


Loralee Kring - Women's Ministry Director

Born into a family already serving in full-time ministry, Loralee was raised as the daughter of a Pastor. She grew up in a strong family and her parents made certain she was active in the life of the church as a child and teen.  Because Loralee’s father was a Pastor, she also knew firsthand the experience of growing up in a variety of communities.  During her early years the family relocated to serve in various churches from the Grand Rapids, MI area to Valparaiso, IN and other points in between.  After finishing high school in Valparaiso, Loralee ventured off to a Bible college in Grand Rapids, today known as Cornerstone University.  While in college Loralee met Mark and the two were married after completing their senior year. They have been blessed with 4 beautiful children- Adam, Derrick, Ashley and Mackenzie, each of whom are now in college themselves or on to their own careers.  In her available time, Loralee greatly enjoys Women’s Ministry, especially teaching Women in group settings and mentoring young moms in their role. Besides her family, her other joys are spending time working in her Lavender garden and the occasional visits to the sandy shores of Lake Michigan.Loralee can be contacted at loralee@newhopehaslett.com

Rich Bruce - Youth Ministry Director

After graduating from High School in 1982, He followed his parents to New Tribes Bible Institute where he sat through Bible classes with his mom and dad as fellow students.  It was there, he met his wife, Rae who was an MK from the country of Venezuela.  They married in 1983 and in 1985 they went to Venezuela for the first time as associate missionaries with Ethnos 360 (formerly New Tribes Mission).  They returned in 1986 to finish their B.A. in Intercultural Ministry.  They have served together, along with their five children, in several different ministries, which include supply buyers for isolated missionaries, National language and culture instructors for recently arrived missionaries, Bible & Spanish teacher at the mission school where their children attended, tribal church planters with an ancient people called the Yanomami.  After 17 yrs serving in Venezuela they returned to attend to the special needs of their youngest daughter. Rich has been teaching at New Tribes Bible Institute since 2005 and was asked by church leadership to lead the New Hope Youth Group in 2011.  Rich enjoys teaching, spending time with his family, hunting and hanging out with friends. Rich can be contacted at rich_bruce@ntm.org


Rae Bruce - Administrative Assistant

Rae joined the New Hope team as a part-time administrative assistant in October 2011. Her love for God and people give her energy as she fills her many roles at New Hope! After growing up in Venezuela, she graduated from Ethnos 360 (formerly known as New Tribes Mission) with a B.A. in Intercultural Ministries in 1987. She and her husband Rich have served  in various ministries, which included evangelizing an unreached people group, in Venezuela for 17 years. She has worked as a Medical Billing Specialist, receptionist, and as an administrative assistant for an Institutional Review Board.  Rae and Rich began regularly attending New Hope early 2010.  When not at work, Rae enjoys walking, running and spending time with her family. She can be contacted at rae@newhopehaslett.com

Michelle Wilkinson - Administrative Assistant

Michelle joined the New Hope team in June of 2016 as a part-time administrative assistant. She graduated from East Lansing High School and Central Michigan University and has been married to her husband, Chuck, since 1995.  She began her relationship with Jesus in 2003 at the age of 32.  She was employed at Jackson National Life for 14 years in their IT Department, but following the birth of their fourth child, Michelle began working at home caring for her children and those of three other families. In addition to working at New Hope, Michelle also works part-time at Hilarie Krumm's Christian Preschool.  In her spare time, Michelle likes to garden, camp with her family and spend time at the beach.  Michelle can be contacted at michelle@newhopehaslett.com.

Derrick Kring - Tech Assistant

Derrick officially joined the New Hope team as the tech assistant in 

November 2015. However, he has been attending and volunteering at New Hope whenever he’s lived in the area since it first launched. Before taking on this position, Derrick attended both Cornerstone University and Hillsong International Leadership College in Australia where he studied music. Following his return to the states, he worked in a similar capacity at a large church in South Carolina. Derrick returned to Michigan upon meeting his wife Kristin and the two have been married since June 2012. When he isn’t behind the soundboard, you can find Derrick playing in the worship band, out on the water in his sailboat, or flying his drone for his media company. Derrick can be contacted at derrick@newhopehaslett.com


Jeanne Post - Financial Director

As the Finance Director, Jeanne Post provides day to day management of the financial resources at New Hope. She brings with her years of previous experience as the Finance Director at Trinity Church, as well as similar non-profit ministry experience. Jeanne and her husband Gary have three adult children and two grandsons. When she is not busy with her work, Jeanne enjoys spending time with her grandsons, reading, travel and time away with Gary in northern Michigan. Jeanne can be contacted at  jeanne@newhopehaslett.com



Katie Harding - Administrative Assistant

Katie joined the New Hope team as a part-time administrative assistant in August 2010. After graduating from Baptist Bible College in 2001 with a B.S. in Bible, Katie worked for an insurance company, for Starbucks, and finally in the dental field. She moved to Michigan in 2008 to marry the love of her life. The Hardings began attending New Hope regularly in the fall of 2009 and feel blessed to be a part of the work that God is doing here. Katie can be contacted at katie@newhopehaslett.com




Darla Prether - Graphics Design Specialist

Darla has been working part-time at New Hope since the Spring of 2009. Darla served at Trinity Church in Lansing from 2000-2009, beginning as the Assistant to the Worship Director for the first 5 years and moving to the Facilities Ministry for the remaining. Darla and her husband, Craig, were married at New Hope in 1987 when the church was known as Haslett Baptist Church. They have two daughters and are adjusting to having an empty nest. Darla has a passion for prayer, and enjoys drawing, computer graphics, and spending time with family. Darla can be contacted at darla@newhopehaslett.com


Larry Brown - Facilities Manager

Larry has been a lifelong resident of Haslett. He and his family have been actively involved in New Hope since its beginning, having been previous members of Grace Fellowship and Haslett Baptist. Larry is a proud veteran where he served in both the Air Force and Michigan Air National Guard. He married his wife Cindy in 1984 and they are blessed with three beautiful adult daughters, Shana, Amanda and Kelly. Larry just recently retired after completing a 42 year career with the U.S. Postal Service. Besides working at New Hope, Larry is a part-time driving instructor.  He also has a strong passion for missions and has been on many missions trips; most recently with Samaritans Purse Disaster Relief rebuild projects. Larry is excited to be part of what the Lord’s doing at New Hope. Larry can be contacted at Larry@newhopehaslett.com

Craig Prether - Facilities Services Tech

Craig joined the New Hope facilities staff after retiring in March of 2013. He was a counselor at Lansing Community College for 25 years and also served as Department Director for a period of time. He is also an avid outdoorsman, hunter and athlete, and currently coaches high school athletes in the pole vault. Craig enjoys the variety of tasks given him at New Hope, and finds satisfaction in seeing tangible results of the work. He loves serving people and lightening the loads of others. No matter what the job or responsibility it's all about furthering the Kingdom. He is thankful for each day and each new opportunity.


Gene Wright - Facilities Services Tech

Gene grew up in Haslett and is a lifelong resident of the Lansing area.  He and his wife, Debbie,  currently live in Okemos.    They have 3 grown kids.  Gene is retired from his first career in the construction industry and now divides his time between a couple part time jobs including his position at New Hope.  In his spare time, you'll find him on the golf course.  He also enjoys hunting, fishing, reading and spending time with his family.




Ric Bruce - Facilities Services Tech

Ric Bruce and his family served as missionaries with Ethnos 360 (formerly New Tribes Mission) in Thailand for 5 years. Ric now works on staff at New Tribes Bible Institute as an educational technologist and learning management system coordinator. He met the love of his life, Sharon, while attending Haslett High School his senior year. They were married in 2006 and have 2 kids: Rye and Ava. Ric graduated with a Masters of Ministry from Grace School of Theology in 2017 and a Masters of Educational Technology at Central Michigan University in 2018. Ric enjoys working on on the facilities team at New Hope Church in order to stay plugged in with what God is doing in the community and to help pay for the many classes that he takes!