Timothy Samford, Lead Pastor
Pastor Timothy was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He is also a veteran of the US Navy where he served two tours in Iraq as a Corpsman assigned to the 7th Marine Regiment. After six years, Timothy ended active military service and returned to Southern California.
He has earned a Bachelor of Applied Theology degree from California Baptist University and currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity from Gateway Seminary.
Timothy and wife Elvie have five children and are honored to serve at New Hope.
Charlie Corum, Community Ministry Director
Charlie is an ordained Baptist minister providing services and ministries to the Los Angeles County Department of Probation (LACDP), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and local Community Youth Programs.
Charlie was born in Los Angeles in 1951 and trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord in 1975. He founded and was pastor of Olive Branch Outreach in Rosemead for 17 years before transitioning into youth correctional ministry and denominational work as a Community Ministry Field Specialist with the California Southern Baptist Convention (CSBC).
In 2006, Charlie started YORN to offer opportunties for churches, ministries, organizations, businesses and individuals to partner together to provide services and ministries to incarcerated and at risk youth.
Steve Lucero, Pastor to the Deaf
Pastor Steve received Christ into his heart on Wednesday, October 1981. He and his wife, Linda, of 40 years are both native Californians. Pastor Steve hasn’t always been involved with deaf people; he first interacted only with his deaf son, Leo, and one or two of Leo’s friends. Through prayer, Pastor Steve walked away from his position at Safeway, and on July 1, 1986, he began a full-time ministry to reach the Deaf for Christ and provide them with a place to worship God together.
Steve has received training from a variety of places including: Pasadena City College, Summer 1982 - Spring 1986; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1987; Billy Graham School of Evangelism, 1991; Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Spring 1994. He has also received training in the Christian Growth Study Plan (June 1992) and Master Life Leadership (Diploma, October 1992). Pastor Steve's accomplishments also include becoming a Licensed Minister and being Ordained as a Minister on March 6, 1988, and as a Deacon on August 29, 1999. His most recent accomplishment has been to become a Police Chaplain in the El Monte Police Department. Pastor Steve has a heart dedicated to reaching the Deaf Community for Christ.
Rosalinda Lucero, Ministry Assistant
Linda accepted Christ in the summer of 1976 and has been serving the Lord in the Deaf Ministry for over 20 years with her husband, Pastor Steve.
She was offered the Ministry Assistant position at New Hope ten years ago and continues to work with staff and greet visitors.
Linda is here to serve God through serving the Deaf Community. She is always available to share the love of Christ with others.