Steve Leclerc   Executive Director      Originally from New Hampshire, Steve and his wife, Amy relocated to this area to pursue their vision of working with disadvantaged citizens. He dedicates his talents and service to helping train disciples and carry out the churches’ vision to serve God by serving those around him and training others to do the same. He has run a family owed manufacturing business for the last decade. He has also been the director of youth programs for a local church and a teacher for a private Christian school. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology: University of South Florida.   Email Steve

Steve Leclerc

Executive Director

 

Originally from New Hampshire, Steve and his wife, Amy relocated to this area to pursue their vision of working with disadvantaged citizens. He dedicates his talents and service to helping train disciples and carry out the churches’ vision to serve God by serving those around him and training others to do the same. He has run a family owed manufacturing business for the last decade. He has also been the director of youth programs for a local church and a teacher for a private Christian school. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology: University of South Florida.

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 Eddie DeJesus   Chairman of the Board    Eddie is the lead pastor of New Hope Community Church of North Port. Originally from New York City, he and his wife, Norma, and their 3 sons moved to Florida in 2004 to plant a church from The First Alliance Church of Port Charlotte. In 12 years, New Hope Community Church has grown to almost 500 people gathering weekly at 3 church campuses. At the young age of 17, Eddie joined the Army, completing two enlistment contracts in the US Army & Reserves. Later, he served almost 15 yrs with the NYC Police Dept. and then took early retirement to pursue his passion as a pastor. Eddie has 25 yrs. of training and experience as a grassroots small group coach and pastor in the Christian & Missionary Alliance Metropolitan District of NYC. He has served as Associate Pastor of New Life Fellowship in Elmhurst Queens, NY and as the Founder/Senior Pastor of New Life Community Church in College Point Queens, NY.  He was also Executive Director of New Life Association of Churches and has served as a field staff missionary with Church Resource Ministries. In 2000, Eddie was appointed the official chaplain of the New York Mets for the 2000-2001 baseball season. 

Eddie DeJesus

Chairman of the Board


Eddie is the lead pastor of New Hope Community Church of North Port. Originally from New York City, he and his wife, Norma, and their 3 sons moved to Florida in 2004 to plant a church from The First Alliance Church of Port Charlotte. In 12 years, New Hope Community Church has grown to almost 500 people gathering weekly at 3 church campuses. At the young age of 17, Eddie joined the Army, completing two enlistment contracts in the US Army & Reserves. Later, he served almost 15 yrs with the NYC Police Dept. and then took early retirement to pursue his passion as a pastor. Eddie has 25 yrs. of training and experience as a grassroots small group coach and pastor in the Christian & Missionary Alliance Metropolitan District of NYC. He has served as Associate Pastor of New Life Fellowship in Elmhurst Queens, NY and as the Founder/Senior Pastor of New Life Community Church in College Point Queens, NY.  He was also Executive Director of New Life Association of Churches and has served as a field staff missionary with Church Resource Ministries. In 2000, Eddie was appointed the official chaplain of the New York Mets for the 2000-2001 baseball season. 

 Donna Sherman   Vice Chair    Donna Sherman and her husband Ray have lived in Florida for 18 years and in North Port the last 14 years. She has mostly worked in Administrative positions in hospital settings and the last 10 years at R & L Healthcare Advisors for managed care in Sarasota. She spends her free time entertaining and cooking for family and friends. She has volunteered with the North Port community outreach ministry, F.I.S.H. (Friends in Service Here), cooking meals for those in need. She has hosted a home Bible study for the last 11 years, is an active member of the Italian American Club of Venice, has served on her neighborhood association board, and is co-editor of the community newsletter.    

Donna Sherman

Vice Chair


Donna Sherman and her husband Ray have lived in Florida for 18 years and in North Port the last 14 years. She has mostly worked in Administrative positions in hospital settings and the last 10 years at R & L Healthcare Advisors for managed care in Sarasota. She spends her free time entertaining and cooking for family and friends. She has
volunteered with the North Port community outreach ministry, F.I.S.H. (Friends in Service Here), cooking meals for those in need. She has hosted a home Bible study for the last 11 years, is an active member of the Italian American Club of Venice, has served on her neighborhood association board, and is co-editor of the community newsletter. 

 

 Norma DeJesus   Treasurer   Norma DeJesus is the wife and helpmate to Eddie DeJesus and mother to 3 adult sons. It is her joy to come along side Eddie to help and support him in all of his endeavors. She spends most of her time working for New Hope Community Church. Her various tasks include managing the church office, managing the hospitality ministry, and running the audio/visual during services. She enjoys being the lady behind the scenes with a smile & Eddie's backup hard drive.   

Norma DeJesus

Treasurer

Norma DeJesus is the wife and helpmate to Eddie DeJesus and mother to 3 adult sons. It is her joy to come along side Eddie to help and support him in all of his endeavors. She spends most of her time working for New Hope Community Church. Her various tasks include managing the church office, managing the hospitality ministry, and running the audio/visual during services. She enjoys being the lady behind the scenes with a smile & Eddie's backup hard drive.

 

 Bethany Niles   Board Member   Bethany became a Floridian in 2001 after relocating from Michigan, and married husband, Jabin, the following year. After working in accounting, she became a stay at home mom when their daughter was born in 2005. A son was added to the family in 2011, and she considers herself very blessed to have been able to stay home to raise both of her children. In addition to being a home-maker, she currently manages the finances of Jabin Niles State Farm. She enjoys helping with the marketing and fundraising of HOPE for North Port, and her hobbies of home design, graphic design and gardening.

Bethany Niles

Board Member

Bethany became a Floridian in 2001 after relocating from Michigan, and married husband, Jabin, the following year. After working in accounting, she became a stay at home mom when their daughter was born in 2005. A son was added to the family in 2011, and she considers herself very blessed to have been able to stay home to raise both of her children. In addition to being a home-maker, she currently manages the finances of Jabin Niles State Farm. She enjoys helping with the marketing and fundraising of HOPE for North Port, and her hobbies of home design, graphic design and gardening.

 Jabin Niles   Board Member   Jabin is the agent/owner of Jabin Niles State Farm in Port Charlotte. He and his wife, Bethany, moved from Pensacola to southwest Florida in 2007 to open his insurance agency. He has worked in insurance and financial services for 12 years. Jabin loves being able to help people protect themselves and their families and plan for the future. His hobbies and passions include fishing, cooking, and playing music. Jabin enjoys serving on New Hope Community Church's worship team periodically.   

Jabin Niles

Board Member

Jabin is the agent/owner of Jabin Niles State Farm in Port Charlotte. He and his wife, Bethany, moved from Pensacola to southwest Florida in 2007 to open his insurance agency. He has worked in insurance and financial services for 12 years. Jabin loves being able to help people protect themselves and their families and plan for the future. His hobbies and passions include fishing, cooking, and playing music. Jabin enjoys serving on New Hope Community Church's worship team periodically.

 

 Kati Saxton   Secretary    

Kati Saxton

Secretary

 

 Madison Bartlett   Board Member    

Madison Bartlett

Board Member