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About Us

Who We Are

 

Our Mission is to be a place to find hope. As we do this, our vision is to be pursuing a growing relationship with Jesus that brings hope and love to our community and the world.

Staff

Brian Larson

Interim Pastor

Jill Smith

Family Ministry and Connections

Katie Nelson

Worship Coordinator

Elaine Mars

Student Ministry

Jacqui Swindale

Office Administrator

Elders

Clay Larsen (Chair)

Wilton

Marc Gelnett

Weston

Whitney Janeway

Wilton

Alan Renne

Ridgefield

Maris Silins

Wilton

Dan Vinton

Wilton

“At Hope Church, we want you to experience God’s love — to know that he has created you for a purpose, to know that your life is not an accident, to know that you can actually have a personal relationship with God through his Son, Jesus.”

Our Values

Three things we highly value

GROW in your relationship with God
GROW in your relationship with God

Growing in your relationship with God is the most important pursuit you can have in life. We believe that happens best when you are allowing Him to speak to you through the Bible, prayer, and letting Him change your heart and mind to look more like Him. Growing isn’t just about head knowledge but it involves our whole life. The good news is that in Christ we are made new and we want you to experience this yourself.

CONNECT with others
CONNECT with others

We believe that the best way to grow is when we are connected to others. God changes us in community. He mobilizes us in community. He loves us and cares for us in community. Hope Church is more than a place to go on a Sunday morning. It’s a place to connect with others so that you can connect more deeply with God. That’s why we want to help you find Christ-centered community and connect in your pursuit of Him together.

GO out with the HOPE of Christ
GO out with the HOPE of Christ

As a church, we believe that God created us for action. Our lives are not our own and our purpose comes from Him. We believe that the work He is doing in us doesn’t end with us and so we seek to bring hope to those who need it. Being a place to find Hope means doing all we can to bring this to our homes, to our region, and to the world. We believe that you will feel the most alive when Christ’s love is being poured out through you and that happens when we go.

What We Believe

God

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

The Bible

We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Human Condition

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel’s promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Work of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church

We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

Christian Living

We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

Christ’s Return

We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

Response and Eternal Destiny

We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

Our Denomination

Hope Church is part of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), a collection of over 1300 churches across America. Evangelical refers to our commitment to the Bible as God’s authoritative word and Free describes our church government as congregational and free from denominational control. Our common statement of faith re-elects all the main points of historic biblical Christianity. You can find out more at our denomination website: www.efca.org