New Hope’s Story

Currently located on Plantation Road in Fort Myers, New Hope Presbyterian Church is a young church with deep roots. Many in our church family were part of another reformed body here in Fort Myers, which was part of the PC(USA) denomination. These believers 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 Christians 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, we 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, we 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 assembly.

Our founding senior pastor, Dr. Bill Stephens, led our church family through this difficult journey from 2005 until 2011. With God’s assistance, in 2011, we paid for 20+ acres of land on Plantation Road, just south of Colonial. Our current pastor, Reverend Eddie Spencer, began his ministry at New Hope on Sunday, April 21, 2013. We have recently completed our building project and moved into the new campus in July of 2016.

new church pan bannerToday, 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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