Our Staff

Matt Waitley – Lead Pastor

Matt became the Lead of New Hope in September of 2018. One of his passions is his family.  He has been married to his wife Sandy for 19 years and they have two grown children, Carlie 23 and Caden18. Matt enjoys fishing, basketball, roping, and hanging out at the lake with his family. He loves his job as Lead Pastor of New Hope. Matt’s goal is to see more people come to faith in Christ and to develop faithful disciples of Jesus who live out the gospel in their everyday lives. Matt’s secondary goal is to help people connect with the Holy Spirit on a more intimate level and learn to hear God’s voice.


Eric Wait – Associate Pastor

Eric Wait’s role is preaching on occasion, life groups, and visitation. Eric is also playing a crucial role in the continued growth and development of Matt as he leads New Hope. He is married to Barb Wait and they have three grown children and four grandchildren. Eric and Barb love being grandparents! Eric was the Lead Pastor of New Hope for 39 years and this past April Eric celebrated 40 years of faithful service here. Eric loves to play golf and uses his love for the game to share the love of Christ with others.

Ross Wahlert – Youth Pastor

Ross Wahlert has been described as the perfect blend of John Wayne, Billy Graham, and your crazy uncle Tony. His role at New Hope is youth pastor, working primarily with 6th-12th grade students. Ross and his wife Josi have two daughters Kinsey and Nellie. They are passionate about serving Jesus together and love spending time with students. Ross’ desire is to create a place within the Church where students feel loved, can serve, and can grow in their relationship with Christ.

Kim Piepho – Church Administrator

Kim Peipho is the church administrator at New Hope.  Kim moved to Ogallala, Nebraska in 1982 and married John Piepho. They have two grown children, JC Piepho and Meghan who is married to Tyler Griffin. They also have twin granddaughters Belle and Jem who they love spending time with. Kim says she is an introvert, but she loves God, people and noise. Kim’s personality and spiritual gifts fit her job perfect! Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 27:19 “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”

Dr. Gabe Godina – Pastor of Counseling

Gabe is the Pastor of Counseling at New Hope. He is married to Chelsea, and they have five children ages five to sixteen. They moved to Ogallala in 2011 from Denver, CO.  Gabe’s desire is for God to use the gifts he has blessed him with to encourage people and to point them to Christ. His prayer is that God will use him to share the hope of the Gospel with everyone he counsels. Gabe’s favorite verse is, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7).

Austyn DuPeire – Technology Coordinator for New Hope Church.

Austyn’s main job is precision guesswork based on unreliable data, and to keep all technologies updated and running for social outreach and the betterment of GOD’s Kingdom. 

Austyn and his wife Brittany have one daughter Avery and one son Lincoln. Austyn loves that the church is spirit lead and the TRUTH is always taught at New Hope.


Alyssa Lake – Children Ministry Coordinator

Alyssa is the Children’s Ministry Coordinator.  She oversees everything from Sunday School programs to Vacation Bible School.  Alyssa is married to Matt Lake and they have 4 children. They are ranchers near Paxton, Nebraska. Alyssa loves to sew, be creative, and do crafts with her children. Alyssa grew up in this church and has always had a passion for children’s ministry.  She knows the value of being raised in a Christian home and learning about God at a young age, and hopes to pass that along to the children in our church.

Kassie Austin – Nursery Coordinator

Kassie is the Nursery Coordinator for New Hope.  She is married to Jared and they have one daughter. The Austin’s are both passionate about children’s ministry and are involved in Children’s Church and the nursery. Kassie has the job that no one likes to take as the Nursery Coordinator. She enjoys the parents and volunteers she works with. Her desire is to create a fun and safe environment for children so their parents can worship!

Sarah Duncan – Housekeeping

Sarah’s main job at New Hope is to keep the facility looking clean and inviting. She is married to Duane Duncan and they have three children.