Rev. Daniel Roels, Pastor

I love to learn, so it's a wonderful thing that God is more than I could ever finally learn.  Some of my other favorite learning has come through cultures and languages, where I have experienced more of how big God really is and how colorful are the ways God demonstrates His love. Other than my own culture, I am most familiar with Hispanic cultures and the Spanish language, having spent four months in Honduras and time in Mexico, Spain, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic with local families, but I always enjoy expanding my cultural and linguistic horizons in the name of Jesus. Through various such experiences, God called me to serve Him by building up multi-ethnic communities. I get to do that at New Hope Church, where we are young on the multi-ethnic path, but we see God blessing it. The Holy Spirit’s (God’s) best work in me has been done in my most difficult times, whether struggling deeply with why God allows evil in His world or wondering how to trust Him when life was in pieces. Other than living the grand adventure with Jesus, I enjoy exercise, board games, reading in science and math, languages, husbanding, and parenting.

Roels family 2017
Alita McRae, Secretary and Bookkeeper of New Hope Church in Lansing IL

Alita McRae, Secretary & Bookkeeper

Alita is the Choir President/Minister of Music, Outreach Leader, Graphics Designer, and Praise and Worship Leader at her church: Power of Praise Non-Denominational Ministries in Chicago, IL.  She is the wife of 15 years to David L. Eagles who also serves in ministry, and mother to 2 sons and 1 daughter.

Outside of ministry she makes handmade jewelry,  and accessories, a hobby that has turned into a small business. She also has launched, “Write the Vizion,” a Christian based company that targets people who want to start (or have started) a business and need help with graphics, website design, social media page creation, and more. She loves helping people find their God-giving vision through Vision Board Workshops that teach the Biblical principals that help visions come true. She also loves creating things, writing, singing, playing the keyboard, cooking, couponing, and learning new things as much as possible!  She counts it all joy to serve as the secretary at New Hope Church

Henry Huitsing, Custodian

Henry has been custodian since the beginning of New Hope Church and a long time before. He recently retired from an even longer time of teaching 8th grade and physical education at Lansing Christian School. He’s been married for even longer than that. He enjoys biking, hiking, sporting activities, and going places with his wife.

Henry Huitsing Custodian of New Hope Church in Lansing IL

Dr. Courtney Harris - Worship Music Ministry Leader

God Bless You!  I am blessed to serve as the Worship Leader for the body of believers at New Hope Church!  My greatest desire is to help people see God in all they do.  I am the husband to Crystal, and father to Cassidy, Cierra, Cj, Christian, Carson, and Cayden – affectionately known as The 7C’s. Professionally, I’ve served as the Wind Ensemble conductor at Trinity Christian College, served as Campus Director at Visible Music College, and I also served in the United States Navy as a musician.  I earned my doctorate in Christian Counseling and am pursuing a second doctorate in Business Administration with a focus on multicultural relations.  Breaking down barriers is an important part of my daily ministry. 


Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”