Richard L. Burguet, Pastor
I grew up in Mississippi, went to Mississippi State University and Belhaven College, and graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary. Between College and Seminary I married Anne Dodson, and we have four adult children now, three are married and we have five grandchildren… if you ask Anne, I’m sure she may have a picture or two!
My wife Anne works for The Rafiki Foundation managing writers, writing and editing curriculum for their Classical Christian Education in ten African nations. She is a mom, a grandmother, a teacher, a writer and a pastor’s wife; each role carrying it’s own special responsibilities.
I have been an ordained Presbyterian Church in America pastor for over thirty eight years now, and the years seem to have passed so quickly! I have served several churches over the years, starting in my home church, Alta Woods Presbyterian Church, and North Park PCA, both in Jackson. After graduation and ordination I served Second Presbyterian Church Greenville South Carolina, then moved back to Mississippi for a few years at Thomson Memorial PCA in Centreville. From there I planted Golden Isles Presbyterian Church at Saint Simons Island, Georgia, and did church revitalization in Columbia, South Carolina at what is now Rose Hill Presbyterian. We were called to Baltimore, Maryland to Loch Raven PCA to do the same sort of work I did in South Carolina. Anne and I have now lived here in central Florida since 2006, and love living and serving Christ here in Lake County at New Hope!
I have had the opportunity to do a lot of things in life, and to serve Christ and His church in lots of different ways over the years. A few of the more interesting things I have done are serve as Chairman of the Board for the Seaman’s House in Brunswick Georgia where we ministered to seamen who came into the Brunswick port from all over the world. I was also on the Board of Directors for Covenant Christian School, and even served as chairman of that organization for a season while we were in South Carolina. I actively served on the Reformed Youth Ministry board for about twenty five years teaching annually at our Youth Conferences, and helping guide that ministry from the small beginnings we had in Jackson into what RYM is today. I also have collaborated with my friend Ed Eubanks and we have published a tool for parents to use in preparing their children for meaningful church membership called Covenant Disciples Handbook. I have done short-term missions trips to Merida Mexico, Chattanooga TN, Bay St. Louis MS, Kherson Ukraine, and even Cherokee NC.
My interests include lots of things. I love the outdoors and hunting [read A Pastor Wearing Camo]. I like to do projects around the house (probably because of the sense of closure I get from being able to stand back and say, “Well, that’s done.”) I love black and white photography, and perhaps enjoy cooking a little too much! I am attempting to learn to play the guitar (again) as well.
If you have read this far in my bio, then maybe the thing you really want to know about me is that I would love to meet you. Come worship with us at New Hope, and introduce yourself to me!
David Kelly, Associate Pastor
I graduated from the University of Florida in 1995 and married my wife Karen in 1996. When we moved to Eustis we joined New Hope Presbyterian Church and began volunteering with the youth.
From 1997 to 2001 I taught at Eustis High School. In 2001 I came on staff as full time youth director at New Hope. Later that year we became parents with the birth of our daughter Katherine and the next year welcomed our son J.T.
I am a member of Southland Student Conferences leadership team. Southland is the Central Florida Presbytery’s Student organization that plans a mid-winter middle school retreat in Ocala, a middle school week of fun and learning in High Springs, Florida for the summer, and a week of great fun and learning for our high school students at Whitewater Express, near Cleveland Tennessee. Our High School students also have a weekend retreat at Daytona Beach. I am also part of Collide – a group of North Lake County youth pastors and volunteers that pray for our students, encourage one another and plan events to reach the lost students of Lake County. I also am a volunteer at Tavares High School and work closely with the football team. Our regular youth groups meets Wednesday’s weekly.
I have graduated from RTS-Orlando as of May 2016 and received my Masters or Divinity degree. On April 23rd, 2017 I was ordained and installed by the Central Florida Presbytery as an Associate Pastor at New Hope Presbyterian Church. I continue to be heavily involved in the youth ministry and have a focus on men’s discipleship and leadership training with an emphasis in church planting.
Some of my favorite activities (outside of youth ministry) are hunting, fishing, and drinking ice cold coca-cola from a Mason jar with raindrop ice (yes, I am addicted)!
I love families and students, but I am most glad that Jesus loves us and allows us to know Him more and more.
Jennifer Overfield, Administrative Assistant
I have been married to my husband, Shane, since 1993. We have three sons, Daniel, Joshua and James. All three are in the military.
I became administrative assistant at New Hope in 2012. When our youngest was a senior in high school, I decided to go back to school to finish my bachelor’s degree and will graduate in the next couple of years.
I enjoy art, reading and design and I love being the first smiling face you meet when you walk into the office here at New Hope.
Melinda Wallace, Church Life Coordinator
Melinda was born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan and where she graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Though raised in the church, Melinda did not become a believer until later in life. Several years after moving to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida she came to faith in Christ and joined Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church where she served in various ministries. While on the staff Evangelism Explosion III International, God began to stir her heart toward missions.
In the meantime, Melinda was invited to join the Church Planting Center in Orlando, Florida as administrative assistant. Her home church at the time was a new church plant in Eustis, Florida where she served in a variety of ministries experiencing the growth of a new church.
In 1992 Melinda heard about a special project in the former Soviet Union called “The CoMission” and responded to God’s call to go. In 1993, she began a one-year term as assistant team leader with the first Mission to the World team sent to Odessa, Ukraine. During her second year, MTW sent a church planting team to follow-up with the people who had come to faith in Christ through the work of CoMissioners. Soon after, Melinda was invited to join the MTW Ukraine church planting team as a career missionary where she served until 2014. Her responsibilities on the field included equipping lay leadership in areas of evangelism, discipleship, and leading Bible studies.
After returning to the States from the mission field, Melinda was invited to join the staff of her long-time home church of New Hope. She serves in the areas of outreach and discipleship as well as taking short term mission teams to Ukraine.