New Hope’s Story

Currently located on historic McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers, New Hope Presbyterian Church is a young church with deep roots. Many in our congregation were part of another reformed body here in Fort Myers, which was part of the PC(USA) denomination. This congregation spent nearly a decade grappling with the denomination over issues, such as the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of Scripture, that are weakening its testimony to the world.

In 2007, our church family joined like minded congregations across the country, praying and considering whether it was possible to remain committed to the mission of the church and stay within the PC(USA). In early 2008, our congregation voted overwhelmingly to request dismissal from the denomination, at the cost of losing the church building and property.

jars with dirt from New Hope's propertyOn Easter Sunday, 2008, 1600 worshipers celebrated our first Sunday together as New Hope Presbyterian Church, now part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. We meet in a rented facility and share space with a local Brazilian congregation.

In 2011, we paid for 20+ acres of land in full on Plantation Road, just south of Colonial. Our congregation is currently preparing to launch a new capital campaign to build our own facilities on this property, even as we seek to glorify God in all areas of life and to share the love of Jesus Christ every day where we are.

Our founding senior pastor, Dr. Bill Stephens, courageously led our church family through this difficult journey from 2005 until 2011. Our new pastor, Reverend Eddie Spencer began his ministry at New Hope on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

We continue to grow and thrive, with vibrant ministries for women, mothers of preschoolers, students, elementary children, babies, men, and music. Please read about Core Values, Beliefs, and Mission, and explore the rest of our site as well.

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