New Hope Staff

Diana Pruitt

Diana grew up in Del City (suburb of Oklahoma City, near Tinker A.F.B.) and attended Sunnylane UMC. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, a minor in education and a minor in music.   Diana worked for 20 years in the legal field before entering full-time ministry.  

She received an M.Div. from Phillips Theological Seminary and is currently in the dissertation phase of a D.Min. in Leadership and Spiritual Formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon.  She is also a certified spiritual director.

Diana is actively involved in the Emmaus, Chrysalis, Kairos and Torch ministries. Diana is married and has 2 furry children (also known as cocker spaniels).

Jennie Keefer, Administrative Assistant

Jennie Keefer bio

Sara Black, Music Director

Mrs. Black has been part of New Hope UMC all of her life. Sara began singing in the choir with her parents at the age of twelve. She also played the piano for evening services when she was in Jr. and Sr. High. Sara directed the choir from 1984 to 1989, again from 1993 to 1997, and resumed her duties as Music Director in 2004. Sara is married, and the Black family has two daughters.

Jim Hudson, Handbell Director

Mr. Hudson has been a member of New Hope UMC from the church’s beginning. Jim has long had a passion for music here at New Hope. He currently sings with the chancel choir and with the mixed gospel quartet Dab ‘O Glory. Jim has also been a member of the handbell program since it’s humble beginnings; he as taken on the roll of director for past several years. Jim is married; he enjoys golfing, pitching horseshoes, art, and spending time with family.

Debbie Hart, Accompanist

Mrs. Hart has been a member of the Methodist church since birth. Debbie began singing in church at an early age, and at twleve years old began accompanying the congregation on organ and piano. For twenty-nine years she taught family and consumer science in the Enid Public School System. Now in retirement, she enjoys singing with the chancel choir and the mixed gospel quartet Dab ‘O Glory. Debbie is married.

Sara Canning, Nursery Attendant

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Jay Black, Facilities Custodian

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