Our Mission

Create Hope Studios exists to bring forth the creative gifts in all of us by providing a comfortable, inspiring, hope-filled space for 'creators to create' in the areas of visual art, dramatic theater, dance, music, audio engineering, and video production.

Our Vision

The vision of Create Hope Studios is to help the broader community to learn and develop creative skills that can and will be used in the local church.

How it all started

Many years ago, Pastor Josh Huisman of New Hope Community Church had an idea to create a comfortable space that could simply be used by creators to create. He envisioned a place where musicians could strengthen their skills and record their ideas, artists could broaden their palette, and where dancers could have room to grow. Two years ago, Mark Edington was hired to take this idea to the next level. With Mark's background in starting and leading a school of worship, Josh's idea and vision, and an amazing, growing staff - Create Hope Studios has gone from a dream to a reality.

Expanding the vision

As we continue to grow, we are looking to expand the classes and services offered at Create Hope Studios. We recently partnered with the Tennessee Youth Symphony (TNYS) to offer classes for those interested in classical music.

Where we are headed

We strive to continue to expand what we are able to offer to the community. Although we already offer art, music, dance, and drama classes at Create Hope Studios, that list will be ever-changing with future plans to incorporate video and production classes into our curriculum.

Our Leaders

Create Hope Studios' Staff
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Mark Edington

Director, Create Hope Studios
Connection Pastor, New Hope Community Church

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Josh Huisman

Executive Supervisor, Create Hope Studios
Senior Pastor, New Hope Community Church
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Peter Wells

Producer & Audio Engineer, Create Hope Studios
Student Director, New Hope Community Church
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Austin Duncan

Creative Director, Create Hope Studios
Communications Director, New Hope Community Church

Our Instructors


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Celia
van Maarth

van Maarth Arts

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Lauren Cochran & Tracy Roper

CHS Dance

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Elise
Horecka

CHS Dance
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Katie
Whigham

Christian Youth Theater
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Rachel
Hoffman

Sound Start
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Bill
Bowles

CHS Music

"Bringing forth the creative gifts in all of us"