Hope is born!

When the Alliance church in Loudonville closed it doors there was confusion as to why the incredible faith of these people, their prayers, and belief that God was going to bring revival had not happened.

Then in 2002 when founding Pastor Charles Hill, together with a core team from Berean Baptist in Mansfield in partnership with Converge MidAtlantic, bought and remodeled that space, they had no idea what God was about to do!

New Hope launched on September 29th 2002 with approximately 240 people and had to go to multiple gatherings the following week!  Since that incredible start, hundreds of people have placed their faith in Jesus, been transformed, and made public declarations of this through the act of baptism.

The story continues...

Since its inception in 2002, 
New Hope Community Church has been blessed by God 
to start four new churches 
in Wooster, Ashland, 
Millersburg and China! 
New Hope Westwood (in Wooster) 
launched its first campus, New Hope Northwestern, in October 2013, and we launched New Hope The Ridge on Easter weekend 2015. What started as a house church in China quickly grew beyond its initial location, and we now support a sister church in Rivne, Ukraine!

Is New Hope part of a denomination & what do you believe?

New Hope is an autonomous church that strategically partners with Converge MidAtlantic, Converge Worldwide, and the New Hope Family of Churches to advance the mission of Jesus on this planet.  Converge is a movement of churches who believe they are better together and while there is a celebrated theological diversity under this umbrella, the two things we all hold to are starting more churches and strengthening every church so that everyone has the opportunity to know and encounter Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior!

We often say "God doesn't care that we know one more thing until we start doing and living some more of what we already know."  As such New Hope is a unique place that is not interested in arguing or debating the issues that everyone else disagrees on... there is far too much to accomplish for us to waste time doing that!  If you would like to see a fuller articulation of our beliefs you can check that out below, but please know that we do not use this as a bat.  We hold everything other than Jesus as loosely as possible.  After all, most of us, after wrestling with scripture and praying have tweaked our positions in the past.  We want everyone to know that we don't have to see eye to eye on the non-essentials in order to walk hand in hand!

Check out more of what we believe here!