Meet the Staff at New Hope Baptist Church


Dr. Jerry N. Watts, Senior Pastor

Bro. Jerry was born in the old Marion County Hospital as his mother and dad were born and raised in this county.  He graduated from Purvis High School, William Carey College (University), International Seminary, and Andersonville Baptist Seminary.  He has studied at Southeastern Baptist Seminary.

He has been in Church Ministry for over 45 years which includes a previous 8 month stay at New Hope in the mid-70's as the "Interim Music & Youth Director."  After 15 plus years in ministry, God did a work in Bro. Jerry's heart and life by saving him, thus giving a new perspective on life and ministry.  One year later, God extended the call to preach.  Today, his heart is to see people outside of Christ, come to know Christ personally, to follow in obedience of baptism, and then become a 'disciple' of Christ, following him in all life offers.

Believing God has called him to NHBC, Bro. Jerry is excited about what God will do through His family in the years ahead.


Associate Pastor

With the departure of Bro. Evan, Our Associate pastor, the church has called Ethan Whaley as the Interim Student Minister.  Ethan is an Engineer that grew up 'on the creek'.  The church family is excited to have him with us.  This is a great time to join in with our Students.  God is blessing us even during this interim period.


Bro. Eric Lucas, Interim Music Minister

Bro. Eric Lucas is a local man.  He has been at NHBC for many years.  He oversees the music for both the morning services.

Mrs. Elizabeth Brumfield, Ministry Assistant

Elizabeth Ann Reid Brumfield, known to all as Beth, has been the pastor's secretary at New Hope since December, 1987. She handles correspondence, maintains the membership roll, prepares monthly financial reports and quarterly tax forms, answers the phone and does the other tasks that are required to keep New Hope's church office operating in a friendly and efficient manner. She worked as a day care director, bookkeeper, and as a primary teacher's classroom assistant before applying for her current position. Beth accepted Jesus as her Savior at age 9 and became a member of Magee's Creek Baptist Church in Walthall County. There seven years later she met future husband Duwane while attending the young people's Sunday School Class. After marriage, she joined churches in the cities of West Point, MS, Columbus, MS, Newton, MS, and Forrest City, AR as Duwane moved with his job. The family grew to include two sons, Jeff and Kenny, who were read Bible stories and brought to church from an early age. Beth and Duwane stood together and joined New Hope's fellowship by letter in 1985. Shortly thereafter Jeff, then Kenny, were baptized at New Hope. Both are married now and live nearby with daughters of their own who love "Granny Beth". Beth's life verse in John 3:16

Bro. Mike Patrick, Maintenance


Mike Patrick serves as our maintenance director at New Hope Baptist Church. He has served in this capacity since 2010. He is married to Jan. They have two adult sons, Brandon and Jeremy. Mike's life verse is John 3:16: "For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life."

Bro. Duwane Brumfield, Janitor & Groundskeeper


Duwane made his public profession of faith in Jesus at age 8 in 1959 in San Antonio, TX. His childhood was spent as a military dependent while his father served in the US Air Force. He married Beth Reid on May 27, 1972 at Magee's Creek Baptist Church in Walthall County. A 1973 graduate of William Carey College, Duwane joined New Hope by letter in 1985 while employed as a claims representative for the Social Security Administration.