Ministry Team

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Brian Tyre

Lead Pastor


Thank you for visiting our website.  My name is Brian Tyre.  I've had the honor of serving at NHC since 2004 and am proud to call Nacogdoches home. I married Amy, the love of my life, in 1997.  In 2002, God gave us a beautiful miracle, Trinity, to complete our family. I absolutely love that God called me to serve Him here alongside some of the most amazing people on the planet who are committed to becoming passionate followers of Jesus Christ.
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Ryan Yates

Youth Pastor


Ryan and his family joined NHC in July, 2018.  He grew up in Frisco, Texas.  He met his wife, Melissa, while studying at Stephen F. Austin State University.  Ryan and Melissa are always excited to serve where God leads them.  Ryan loves his church, his family, and his Lord.  He is thankful for God's mercy and grace . . . and for shopping carts.
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Jennifer Hornbuckle

Praise and Worship Leader


Jennifer’s love for music was evident at a very young age. She began singing at church as a little girl and she stepped into worship ministry leadership at the age of 24. Her desire is to share the love of Jesus as it overflows in worship through song. Jennifer’s passion is to live for Christ alone and her desire is to be a vessel that the Lord will use to draw all people to Himself. She believes that worship is more than a song. It is a posture of the heart; a lifestyle. Her heart-cry is to make famous the name of Jesus and to put Him in the spotlight of her praise. Jennifer’s other love is family. She is thankful for her husband, Chris - her biggest supporter in ministry who often joins her on stage, playing guitar. She is also thankful for the three who call her mom – Nolan, Caleb, and Haylee.  

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Carol Gilliland

Communications Coordinator / Ministry Assistant


Carol began her work at NHC as a volunteer - serving for over a year in the Church Office and in the Production Booth. She joined the staff in May, 2019. Carol met her husband, Jim, at KTRE-TV when he came for his interview. It's a great story. Ask them about it sometime. Jim is also active at NHC - volunteering in the Booth, editing the sermon videos posted on our website, and keeping the outdoor electronic sign updated.

Carol has a Master's Degree in Journalism, Speech, and English from The University of Texas at Tyler. Prior to New Hope, Carol served for almost seven years as Communications Coordinator/Executive Ministry Assistant at a church in Anchorage, AK. She is excited to live out 1 Peter 4:10 as a member of the NHC staff.

Carol and Jim have two "kids" - a Pomeranian named Maile and a Siamese named Priscilla.