New Hope’s Story

New Hope Presbyterian Church is a young church with deep roots. The formation of our church was the culmination of a large group of Christians committed to the essentials of the Christian faith. As members of another Presbyterian denomination which has vacillated on matters such as its view of Scripture and the nature of Christ, these Christians chose to leave their local church in order to identify with a like-minded denomination. New Hope is now a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

jars with dirt from New Hope's property

In God’s providence, He provided the Brazilian Assembly of God church facility at 3825 McGregor. Because the Brazilian Assembly of God Church worshipped at night, rather than on Sunday morning, they were willing to rent and share their facility with us. 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 and staff 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 remarkably paid for it in 2011. Though it would be 5 more years before the campus was completed, the commitment to our present property 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. The Lord’s people at New Hope responded with such generosity that we were able to enlarge our project well beyond the original design of Roadmap and more than many asked for or imagined.

Over the last year, our new campus has been under construction. We are grateful for every company and person who has shared in the building of our new campus. On July 10, 2016, New Hope Church celebrated another memorable day. We commenced our worship of God at 3825 McGregor Blvd., gave thanks to our Brazilian host, and concluded our worship at our new campus on Plantation Road in Fort Myers.

New Hope Presbyterian Church, Fort MyersToday, we continue to grow as a family of believers. We exist for Christ; to teach and live His Gospel, and be His Kingdom presence to one another, in our community and around the world.

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