Church Staff


Dan Hazen

Dan Hazen was born in Miami, Florida and raise in Southeast Georgia, in the small town of of Blackshear. He was raised primarily in the Southern Baptist church. He attended Georgia Southern University, where he majored in Cultural Anthropology and was active in a ministry called Campus Outreach. He was introduced to the Reformed faith through a college friend who was an ARP. After college he attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte where he received his Masters of Divinity in 2001. During his seminary studies he preached at various Presbyerian churches, interned at Rehobeth ARP Church plant, and worked as a golf instructor. He was ordained February 17, 2002 by Catawba Presbytery, in order to begin pastoral ministry at Cleveland Street ARP Church in New Albany, MS, where he labored until accepting a call to Hopewell ARP Church, also in New Albany, MS. During his time in Mississippi, Rev. Hazen has enhanced his southern drawl, taken up blues guitar and harmonica, and learned to cook barbecue. He also studied at Erskine Seminary, whre he has finished his coursework for the Doctor of Ministry program, and he hopes to finish his dissertation project in the near future. He and his wife Hollie have one daughter name Elizabeth "Lizzy" and one dog named Dabby-Doo, a 5 year old American Fiest.

Minister of Music

Buddy Nash

Buddy Nash has always had music as an important part of his life; then God began calling him to His service after he turned 40. This took him back to college to get a music degree. Buddy's background was playing piano and trombone, yet his life circumstance dictated that he pursue a voice major. The problem was that he didn't have any formal voice training and had never even been part of a school or adult choir. Buddy had no idea what a joyous new adventure the Lord had prepared for him! Since that start, he's sung in a wonderful choir at UNCC that even toured Spain and sang the High Mass at El Escoreal, a cathedral/monastery of Catholic pilgrimage in the mountains outside Madrid. He's sung in over a dozen operas, many in a named role, and he currently sings in the chorus with Opera Carolina, Charlotte's professional opera company. Buddy has been blessed to have had many Christian colleagues and intructors along the way to encourage and ground him.

Buddy feels so fortunate to be a church music director, charged to help lead in worship of God. While the preaching of His Word is of primary importance in how God calls His people to Himself, the longing we have for Him in our hearts is often best expressed with song. We need only look to the Bible's songbook, The Psalms, for our best examples. While Buddy finds it hard to choose a favorite composer, he respects and admires Johann Sebastian Bach immensely. Bach wrote the initials "S.D.G." on all his musical compositions. This stands for Sola Deo Gloria, Latin for "to the glory of God alone". Despite his outstanding skill, Bach always remembered his place and standing before the Lord.

Buddy has been married for 20 years to his wife, Barbara, and they have two children, Naomi and Nathaniel (Nate). He likes to hike, camp, and run in his free time. His favorite book lately is The Man Who Moved a Mountain (in our church library!) and his favorite movies are The Patriot, Braveheart, and The Majestic.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." - Romans 8:28

Church Secretary

Sandra Blevins

Sandra Blevins was born in Statesville and grew up nearby in the Scotts community. Sandra and her husband, Bill, have two children and one granddaughter. She loves being a Nana! They are active members of New Amity ARP Church where she teaches children’s Sunday school and plays the organ. She has served as church secretary at New Perth for 11 years. One of her favorite parts of her job is creating the monthly newsletter. In her spare time, she likes to work in the yard, on Do-It-Yourself projects with her husband, play the piano, and spend time with friends. Sandra's favorite movie? Driving Miss Daisy.

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 1:5

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