New Hope’s most beloved pastor was Rev. H. Frank Barnes. Bro. Barnes pastored New Hope for a short while back in the early 1920s. He left and went on to pastor churches in Tyson, Tokio, and Oak Grove, Texas. He would return to pastor New Hope after World War II around 1946 and remain in that position until he retired at the age of 94 in 1996.
Bro. Barnes was a Hell and Brimstone preacher who reached many lost souls with the Word of God. He would baptize new believers in the Brazos River not far from the church. He will always be remembered fondly for his passionate preaching, his love for his Lord and his neighbor and his faithfulness to the little country church down by the Brazos.