Reverend Robert J. Matthews
○ Elected pastor October 2, 1990. His first sermon at New Hope was entitled "Walking Together with the Lord" (Genesis 5:24). The church has grown by leaps and bounds; the membership increased by 200 souls during his first year.
○ The facility was greatly improved, new ministries were established, existing ones were energized and inactive members began to work.
○ We presently have approximately 25 ministries.
○ The Mighty Men of Valor was instituted; their purpose was to encourage and motivate the men to be come active in their homes, church and the community. Because of the ministry, several programs were instituted: The Men's Convocation, Junior Trusted Partners Sunday School class and a mentoring program.
○ The Youth and Yount Adult Ministry flourished.
○ Sisterhood in Christ Ministry was instituted and its purpose was to help young ladies develop lifestyles of holiness through prayer, bible study and mentoring.
○ Other ministries included the Praise Dance Ministry and Banner Ministry Drill Team.
○ The Youth and Young Adults held their first overnight retreat under Pastor Matthews' leadership.
○ The church bought more than 10 acres of land on September 25, 1995 which was property formerly know as the Bellevue Drive-In.
○ On November 19, 1995, the congregation motorcaded to the Bellevue location and dedicated the property; ground breaking ceremony was held January 7, 2001 and on Resurrection Sunday, March 25, 2002, we had the grand opening of our Family Life Center, which also serves as our Worship Center.
○ To date, our active membership has increased by approximately 600 members with over 1000 on roll.
The Lord continues to prove Himself and move in the midst of His people. We are awaiting our grand opening of our new sanctuary which is coming soon. And it is so in the name of Jesus!