Pastors & Staff

Jamie Hobbs

Senior Pastor

Pastor Jamie Hobbs graduated from Georgia Tech in 2003 and worked in healthcare technology until he received the call to preach. Obeying the call on his heart, Jamie graduated from Luther Rice College and Seminary with his Masters in Apologetics in 2015. Currently he is studying for a second Masters of Divinity. Jamie and his wife, Kate, have been married since 2004 and have been blessed with three handsome boys: Matthew, Mark, and Micah.
Prior to serving as Senior Pastor here at New Hope First Baptist Church, Jamie served as an itinerant speaker and preacher for over a year; served as Interim Pastor at Horizon Baptist Church in Suwanee, GA for 4 months; and as a Deacon at Summit Baptist Church in Loganville, GA, where he was a member for 15 years. He also served as a Discipleship Team leader, Sunday School coordinator, mission preacher, and has a heart for discipling Christians.
Jamie's life verse is 1 Peter 3:15, "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear."

Blake Duncan

Youth Pastor

Pastor Blake has been involved in church his entire life, but came to a saving knowledge of Jesus at a lock-in when he was 7. He then received his call to pastoral ministry at the age of 15. After years of discipleship at his home church, he felt led to attend Truett McConnell University, where he received a Bachelors on Christian Studies in 2018. He married his wife, Emily, two weeks after graduating. They now have a little girl named Zelda.
 Before joining New Hope, Pastor Blake served as youth pastor and worship leader at Mars Hill Baptist Church in Carrollton,  Georgia for 3 1/2 years, and senior pastor of Salem Baptist Church, also in Carrollton for 18 months.
 Blake’s passions include reading, discovering new music, baking things to share with others, and all things coffee. His favorite verse is Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” 

Rick Bowmen

Music Minister

Rick has a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University. He is ordained and has served as a bi-vocational music minister for 34 years. 10 years were at Toonigh Baptist Church and over 24 years at New Hope First Baptist Church.

Rick and his wife, Melinda, have been married for 38 years. They have 3 sons, Dean, Derrick, and Darian. They also have 3 grandchildren.

Kate Hobbs

Church Secretary

Kate Hobbs has been in service to Jesus for many years. Before moving to Dallas, GA when her husband answered the call to preach, she was serving as the Director of Children's Ministries at Summit Baptist Church in Loganville, GA, where she was also involved in the music ministry for over 15 years in roles including praise team member, choir member, worship leader, ensemble director, children's choir director, as well as director of Praising Hands - a ministry which combines music and sign language in worship. Kate also helped to coordinate and execute Vacation Bible School at Summit and directed Preschool Music at First Baptist Church Snellville in Snellville, GA.

Married since 2004, Kate is the proud wife of Senior Pastor Jamie Hobbs and mother to three boys: Matthew, Mark, and Micah. Kate believes in the ministry of her Lord Jesus Christ and the power of prayer. She joins proudly in New Hope's mission to shine a light of hope.  Her life verse is Isaiah 6:8 ..."Here I am, send me."

Hunter Brooks

Media Specialist

Hunter is the media and sound specialist at New Hope. He creates the TV and Live Stream displays for all our technology needs, while also making sure our microphones and audio are at the proper levels for a great sounding service.

In his free time, Hunter enjoys playing and writing music, and making special things happen for his family and friends as often as he can. A verse that Hunter has kept close and lives by is Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."