New Hope is a young church with deep roots. We are committed to the essentials of the Christian faith and are willing to make personal sacrifices for the glory of God. As members of another Presbyterian denomination which has vacillated on matters such as its view of Scripture and the nature of Christ, many of us chose to leave that denomination and join with other like-minded Christians. New Hope is now a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
As we boldly stepped out in faith with no place to gather for worship, God was faithful to provide. We were able to rent space at the Brazilian Assembly of God on McGregor Blvd. On Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008, New Hope Church worshipped the Risen Christ and celebrated its first Sunday at this location.
Our founding pastor, Rev. Dr. Bill Stephens, Associate Pastors, Stu Austin and Howard Biddulph, and a veteran staff led our church family through the early and challenging formative years. With a limited facility and large staff, the church family made numerous sacrifices to adapt to its facility and meager resources.
Since the founding of New Hope, the leadership and church have shared and kept a vision to have our own property and campus. In 2010, we purchased 20+ acres of land on Plantation Road and paid it off in 2011. Though it would be 5 more years before the campus was completed, the commitment to this project was sealed by the generosity of the Lord’s people.
Our current pastor, Rev. Eddie Spencer, and his wife, Roxanne, began their ministry at New Hope on April 21, 2013. In September 2013, our elders approved a three-year “Roadmap” plan. From 2013-2014, our Building Committee began turning Roadmap into a building project. During 2015, our Campaign Team, with the assistance of the Building Committee members, communicated the design and details of the building project while spiritually challenging our church family to focus on Christ. Our New Hope family responded with such generosity that we were able to enlarge our project well beyond the original design.
On July 10, 2016, we commenced our worship of God at the McGregor Blvd location, gave thanks to our Brazilian host, and concluded our worship at our new campus on Plantation Road in Fort Myers.