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JOHN withers

lead | founding pastor

John Withers has been in the Pastoral Ministry for over twenty-five years.  He is married to his beautiful wife Rosemary for over 30 years, with 2 wonderful daughters.

John Withers received his Bachelor of Art in English Literature, with a minor in Speech and Communications from San Francisco State University.  He then went to complete his Master of Divinity in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.  In addition, he holds and M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling from Santa Clara University.

Email: pastorjwithers@nhccssf.org

Reggie maharaj

board member | deacon

Reggie has been married to his beautiful wife Neeta for over 30 years and has two adult daughters; Stefanie and Stacy, who he is extremely proud of.  He is a devoted husband and father.

Reggie is currently charting new territory as he studies to become a Licensed Minister under the Assemblies of God, after numerous years of secular employment.

He is energized as he serves in various capacities of New Hope, from prayer, to teaching, as well as filling in for Pastor John during his absence.  Reggie is looking forward to seeing how God continues to utilize his skills and gifts through the Holy Spirit.

Email: rmaharaj@nhccssf.org 

Karanja morris

board member | deacon

lead audio visual engineer

Karanja and his wife Becky have two beautiful boys,   Temani (age 14) amd Eliakim (age 6).  They have been attending New Hope for close to 10 years.  


Karanja serves as a Deacon and Audio Visual Lead Engineer.  He also enjoys fellowship with his brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as coaching youth and high school football.  

His favorite scripture is "Faith is the substance of things hoped for and assurance about what we do not see" Hebrews 11:1

Email: kmorris@nhccssf.org

carol atalit

board member | deaconess|

worship director 

Carol grew up in the bay area and has joined New Hope Community Church in 2012.

Carol has been blessed with many children who bring joy and meaning to her life.  Although she has many hobbies (i.e. singing, sports), she loves spending time with her family, playing music and laughing together.

Her greatest passion is for people of all ages to truly understand the unconditional love of God, and to let them know that no matter what they've done, or where they are at in life, "Gods plan and love for you has and will never change."  Those were the very words God gave her during the greatest trial and crossroad of her life.  The same words that led her to New Hope Community Church, where she truly found "New Hope".  Her greatest memories in church are seeing God change help-less faces to hope-filled faces during worship.

Email: catalit@nhccssf.org

marietta  Morris-alton

board member | deaconess|

lead usher/greeter

Marietta is a native of San Francisco, married with two adult children.  She accepted the Lord 7 years ago and enjoys serving God's people.  Marietta is a Deaconess and Lead Usher/Greeter at New Hope Community Church.

She has an Associate of Arts Degree in Health, and has earned a Community Health Worker HIV/STD Case Management Certificate from City College, SF.  She is employed as a Unit Coordinator at Zuckerbert SFGH and Trauma Center.

The Lord continues to bless their small Janitorial and Discount Furniture businessess, which has enabled herto help family members and the less fortuante.

She aspires to volunteer in the Lord's House and assist othes in their Christian journey.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declared the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Email: malston@nhccssf.org

leanette guillory

board membeR|


Leanette grew up in San Francisco and currently resides in the Peninsula. She's a mom to an adult son that is pursuing his degree at the University of Hawaii. She enjoys reading, going to the beach and spending time with family & friends.

Leanette's journey began in 2002 at a church in San Francisco, and she's been serving the Lord ever since. She walked through the doors of New Hope Community Church in February 2017 and is thankful that God placed her here at such a time as this. 

She is passionate about hula praise dancing and seeing the lost, the broken come to Christ. Her passion for people, and belief in the life-changing power that comes from a relationship with God, is what continues to drive her. 

She strongly believes in investing in people and especially the next generation, to hear their stories, to love on them and to help lead them to God. That's true fulfillment at its finest. 

Praise dancing is a plus. To be able to use the gift of dance to glorify God is an honor and privilege. "I dance for an audience of One" GOD as opposed to dancing in the world. "We are "in" the world, but not "of" the world".  It's not a performance, it's not for entertainment purposes. It's to captivate believers and more importantly unbelievers, so they come to know Christ through the lyrics and feelings of the song.  Worshipping God is what she loves to do.


God is so amazing. He constantly shows her his unconditional love and faithfulness. Leanette is very thankful every day; grateful & blessed that she can be a part of something bigger than herself. "Let's expand God's kingdom! "