MaryToddV2Director of Christian Education
Mary Todd Peters joined the New Hope staff in 2011, overseeing our congregation’s Christian educational programs for children, youth, and adults. She has a Masters degree from The Presbyterian School of Christian Education and is a certified Christian Educator with over 20 years of experience and passion in Youth Ministry and Christian Education. Mary Todd is a North Carolina native and enjoys hiking, swimming, horseback riding, and spending time with her husband Mark, three daughters, and dog. Email Mary Todd at


AllenAmosV2Director of Music
Allen grew up in Jacksonville, NC and began playing piano for worship services at his home church, First Presbyterian, at the age of ten. He attended East Carolina University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Allen was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow recipient. While at ECU, he studied piano, trumpet, and organ. During this time, and for several years post-graduation, he worked as youth music director and Chancel Choir accompanist at First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, NC. After four years teaching middle school band in Havelock, NC, Allen attended the University of Michigan to obtain a masters degree in conducting. He is currently a band teacher at Durham School of the Arts and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Prior to arriving at New Hope Presbyterian Church, Allen served as pianist/organist at Fairfield Presbyterian Church and Eno Presbyterian Church in Orange County, NC. Allen is married to Leah Amos, and they have a daughter named Cora. Email Allen at

Katherine Cheek has worked at New Hope since 2001, managing our office, communications, and financial records. She joined our staff after a career at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for 37 years. Katherine attends Mars Hill Baptist Church, where she has been a member since 1954. She enjoys working in her garden and spending time with her children, 26 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren. Email Katherine at