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Head Middle School Boys (Blue Team)

Caleb Engen 

I just got married this summer to my beautiful wife Sara. We attend Grace Bible Church in Canal Winchester, where I serve in our Children’s ministry. I have 3 years of high school ball experience, and have also coached for 3 years. The goal for our team is to have a better understanding of the game of basketball and to grow as young men.

Head Middle School Boys (Red Team)

Christian Engen 

I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Kirsten for almost three years, and we currently have three foster children. We are attending Covenant church in Grovecity. I played 3 years of high school basketball at New Hope. This is my second year coaching, but first year as a head coach. My goal for my team is to help the boys become men of God, while teaching the game of basketball.

Head Middle School Girls

Dave Christensen

My family has been invested with New Hope over the course of 19 years as 4 of our children have attended. This is my 15th year coaching Upwards and my 7th year coaching Middle School Girls Basketball. I am a member of the Heritage Nazarene Church and have also attended for 19 years, where I serve in Children’s Ministry and Youth Group. My goal as a coach and for our team is to glorify God and point others to Jesus.

Head Varsity Girls 

Brian McCallister

I have been married to Miss Tami since August 14th of 1993 and New Hope has been our ministry within Heritage Nazarene for many of those years. We have 4 kids (Mac (married to Idji), McKenna, Marek and Maren) and 1 adorable granddaughter, Leyton Lydia. I graduated from Teays Valley High School and Capital University where I played football for four years at both schools. I’ve spent over 30 years coaching baseball, football, and basketball. Here at New Hope we always strive for a State Championship in the Ohio Christian School Athletic Association, but our main objective is to show Christ’s light to everyone we compete with, especially those that might not yet know of his love. 1 Timothy 4:12


Head High School Coach

Grant Gilliland

Coach Gilliland graduated from Teays Valley High School in 2012 where he was first team All-MSL and third team all central district in soccer.  He played for the Pride Soccer Club (Canal Winchester) from his sophomore to senior year. Grant has witnessed the awesome work God is doing at New Hope as his brother (Isaac, 2018 graduate) went through the program and was prepared for success in college following. Coach Gilliland expressed his excitement, “I have been a part of the New Hope family for four years now, coaching alongside an amazing mentor and coach Shane Roese.  I love what God is doing with the program and hope to continue to build the soccer program to one that binds us together as a family and a successful one along the way.”

Head Middle School Coach

Robin Hensley

Coach Hensley is a 1997 graduate of Grove City High School and a 2001 graduate of Denison University.  Her competitive spirit has led her through a life filled with sport.  Not only has she had the privilege of competing throughout the country, she has also had the honor of competing internationally and representing our country.  She has been a part of the New Hope family for 8 years, where both of her children attend, and her husband, Clint, coaches the 5th/6th grade basketball teams.  She is excited to lead and learn from our middle school soccer team in this upcoming season.  


Head Varsity Coach

Mandi Stone

Coach Stone is a graduate of Teays Valley High school where she played four years of both volleyball and softball. She continued her academic and athletic career at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Mandi has a degree in Elementary Education and taught in the Teays Valley schools before becoming a stay at home mother. She began her coaching career at New Hope Christian Academy in 2014. Mandi also works as a fitness instructor at the Pickaway County YMCA. Mandi is married to Pastor Jason Stone and is the mother of Halley and Carley Stone. Mandi's desire is to use volleyball to help young girls develop positive self esteem, friendship, and a growing relationship with Jesus.

Head Middle School Coach

Cara Gremillion

Coach Gremillion graduated with a degree in English-Education from Northwest Nazarene University and teaches high school English Language Arts at New Hope Christian Academy.  For the past two years, she was the middle school volleyball assistant coach working under Nancy Cordle, and this year she took over as the head coach. She is married to Jamey Gremillion and has four children. Her sons, Cameron and Cade, both attend Ohio Christian University; her daughters, Kelcie (10th grade) and Karis (7th grade), both attend New Hope Christian Academy.  Cara loves working with middle school girls and is excited to help them develop their volleyball skills. She sees playing volleyball and working as a team as tools to help girls build confidence and lifelong skills.