New Hope Free Methodist Church's Office
Pastor Scott is the Lead Pastor of New Hope Free Methodist Church located in the heart of Rochester. New Hope is a vibrant, multicultural movement of ordinary people, devoted to experiencing and expressing the extraordinary love of Jesus. He lives with his wife and five kids in the City of Rochester on one of the city's historic boulevards near the beautiful Maplewood Park. He has been involved in urban and youth ministry since his college days, including serving for seven years at the Olive Branch Mission in Chicago. He is a sports enthusiast willing to talk about any upcoming or past sporting event or season, and he enjoys being outdoors and playing or coaching with his kids. Pastor Scott has been on staff with New Hope for several years serving in various roles including Treasurer, Youth Pastor, Board Member, Life Group Leader, and Executive Pastor. In taking this new role he shared: “I believe the many seasons of life prepare us for other seasons in which God changes our course of service and opens new opportunities to partner with Him in the work that He is doing all around us. I am humbled and excited to lead such a dedicated and caring community of people and I believe that the Lord is going to use us all together to impact our community and our world in ways we cannot comprehend now.”
Pastor Heritage Munyakuri is an Assistant Pastor at New Hope. He also serves as the coordinator for Foundation of Hope, an outreach ministry of New Hope to aid orphans with food and education who remain in Africa. His passions include, prayer, preaching, serving others and leading people to Jesus Christ.
Pastor Heritage accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 2001. He immediately started to share the Good News with his friends, family and others who did not know Jesus. It wasn’t long afterward that he felt a call to ministry and has been engaged in pastoral service ever since.
He is married to his beautiful wife Maombi Monique and they have two girls together: Joy Ingabire Munyakuri; and Shalom Ganza Munyakuri. His family blesses him and is a tremendous encouragement to him. He loves to spend time with them and considers them a treasure from God. He has shared with many that he made a covenant with God to take good care of them as long as he lives.
New Hope has been blessed by God bringing many people to us from Central Africa, most of who do not speak English. In his role as Assistant Pastor, Heritage oversees our ministry to African immigrants in order to help them hear the Good news of Jesus Christ in their native language. As people transition into life in America, they also have many social needs and Heritage serves tirelessly to make sure that as many needs as possible are met.
In his own words Heritage says, “I am honored to serve New Hope church. My hope is that we are going to grow together as a unified church body and that no one will be left behind. I love New Hope church and the people we are serving.”
Amanda Holdridge serves as a Local Ministerial Candidate at New Hope. She became a LMC in May of 2014 to more formally pursue ministry interests at New Hope and in the city of Rochester. Amanda has lived and worked in Rochester since 2011. She has worked in leadership in ministry since the age of 13, first for almost ten years through the United Methodist Church as a lay minister in the Cornerstone District and then through Campus Ambassadors, a campus outreach ministry, on SUNY Brockport campus for six years, and has served in various capacities at New Hope since moving to Rochester in 2009.
Amanda has a Bachelor's Degree in English from SUNY Brockport and studied Missions and International Health at Elim Bible Institute. She is currently employed as a clinical technician for University of Rochester Orthopedics. She has a passion for preaching and missions, having spent time in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua serving in ministry, as well as in Mississippi, Louisiana and New York. Amanda has recently purchased a house for the purpose of starting a community house in the Beechwood neighborhood of Rochester, and the Beacon Community House will be reaching the community as of February 2016. She looks forward to growing into this current role in ministry and exploring her passion for the people and city of Rochester