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Mt. Hope has a long history. It was founded in 1835 and established its current location in 1853. Since Pastor John’s arrival in 1997, Mt. Hope has grown slowly and steadily with a focus on reflecting God’s love and Biblical study. Over his tenure, Mt. Hope has become a warm, welcoming, Bible-focused body of believers, with servant-hearted leadership and volunteers who love the Lord.
Mt Hope is blessed with a beautiful property, and we have many opportunities for us to share our facilities. Over the years several smaller churches have met in our building and we have enjoyed the opportunity to fellowship together. Mt Hope also opened its facilities to Alcoholic Anonymous, Boys Scouts of America, and, until recently, a local cooperative pre-school. We have also hosted outdoor events with other local churches and maintain a community garden.
In 2010, Mt. Hope developed an expansion plan to be completed in stages. In 2013 we completed Phase 1 which included a new foyer, basement, elevator, pavilion, parking lot, and connection to the county sewer. We continue to look forward to the next phase of the project, a new multipurpose building, but are currently focusing our attention on spiritually building up, strengthening, and revitalizing the congregation.
In 2018, pastor John and elders surveyed the congregation on a host of items ranging from church culture to strengths and weaknesses in ministry and the effectiveness of programs. This led to prayerful and intentional development of a new vision and simplified model that we feel God is calling us to pursue. We made a conscious decision to focus our attention on building up disciples who actively grow in their love for God, their love for one another, and who live out lives of service. We increased our commitment to local service and missions partnering with organizations such as Tree of Life and Praying Pelicans Missions. We also redesigned our traditional Sunday School format to Connect Groups, which are relationally based and more flexible to the changing needs of the congregation.
In March 2020, just 2 months after the launch of our new vision and Sunday morning format, we entered COVID-19. While this period has forced everyone to adapt to the challenges of virtual and socially distanced worship, it has also sped up many of the technical upgrades we needed to make anyway.
Through it all, Mt. Hope has a dedicated core group of members who desire to serve the Lord in our community. We pray, grow and serve together, as we seek to follow God’s will. We are excited to join in partnership with the next pastor the Lord calls to help shepherd this body of believers.