Leadership at New Hope

Angie Cornelius serves as the New Hope UMC Administrative Council Chair through 2017.  She married Tom Cornelius just two years ago, holding their ceremony at the Olive School Road Property where our new church is to be built. She was born in Brunswick and has lived here most of her life and she and Tom recently purchased a home on Rosemont Drive. She lived in York, PA for a  time while attending York Technical Institute shortly after high school. She moved back to Brunswick and has raised three boys, Tyler, William and Noah. Angie works in the Biotech Pharma Industry and is currently a manufacturing supervisor for  AstraZeneca, formerly Medimmune, in Frederick. Noah and Angie spent 18 months living near Phoenix, AZ, returning to Brunswick in 2012. Angie has attended New Hope UMC her whole life! She has worked with the Boy Scouts, the Youth group, Administrative Council, Mission team, softball team and bell choir just to name a few. Angie loves cooking, being creative with crafts and working with her hands whether it be working on my vehicles, working in the yard or building things. She loves the outdoors, the sunshine, fishing and hunting.       

Barbara Shew serves as the Lay Leader for NHUMC as well as the Frederick District, which includes Washington, Carroll and Frederick counties as well as Berkeley and Jefferson counties in WV.  In this role, Barbara visits with the churches in these areas to determine their needs, offers resources, and builds community/connections.  As a Certified Lay Servant, Barbara occasionally delivers sermons in Pastor Katie’s absence.  She has served on every committee except for the Board of Trustees, and prior to becoming District Lay Leader, Barbara was Lay Member to the Annual Conference.  Currently, she is involved in 5 committees: Administrative Council, Finance, Joyful UMW, Staff Parish Relations, and the Building Committee, as well as participating in and facilitating Bible studies.  She is also a member of the New Hope UMC Choir and is a Communion Steward.

Barbara and her husband of 48 years, Larry, moved to Brunswick in 1976.  They began attending NHUMC (which was First United Methodist at the time) after enrolling their younger child in the church preschool.  Barbara said “it felt like home.”  She adds “this community has been like family to us, so we want to pay it forward.”  Barbara and Larry have a son and daughter-in-law (members of NHUMC) as well as a daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandchildren who reside in Harford County.  Barbara has worked as a secretary/administrative assistant for over 25 years.  In her present job, she works in the Facilities Department at Hood College, assistant to the Director.  In her free time, Barbara and her husband lead worship services at Taney Village, volunteer at the local food bank and for the local high school sports teams, and enjoy spending quality time with their family.

Jim CoxJim Cox Jr. is President of the NHUMC Board of Trustees (BOT), a position he has held for over 35 years.

The BOT is charged with enabling the vision and Christian mission of the Church by providing positive and functional physical facilities. The nine members of the BOT are responsible for overseeing the safety, care, good order, and continuing improvements for all of the Church’s property, buildings, insurance, vital papers (things like our Charter, and our Deeds), and major funds (such as our Building Fund). This also includes the Parsonage and our property on Olive School Road. These duties broadly range from changing light bulbs; to making sure we have heat and cooling, to buying 40 acres of land.

Jim is a native of Brunswick, BHS Class of 1961, a US Army veteran, and a life-long member of NHUMC. He is a retired executive from both IBM and Lockheed Martin. Jim lives in Rosemont, has been married to Sandra Cox for 48 years, and they have two Sons (Ryan and Jeff, both brought up in NHUMC), two daughters-in-law, and four beloved grandchildren. In his spare time, Jim is President of Park Heights Cemetery, and loves 50s/60s cars, old rock n’ roll music, and golf.