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Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus and equip them to bring hope to our community and the world.

LEADERSHIP

STAFF AND ELDERS

Don Hay

Don Hay

Senior Pastor

Don was born and raised in Stratford, CT until moving to Illinois to go to Wheaton College. There, he met his wife Carlye and began serving together in student development at Wheaton. The two eventually moved back to Connecticut where Don served at a church in Eastford and then in Fairfield. During this time, their family expanded to 4 children: Jacob, Abby, Maya, and Olivia. In 2010, they moved to NJ where Don served in Medford, NJ and Carlye was a special education teacher. They returned to CT in 2018 to join the Hope Church family and continue the journey of pursuing God together.

(203) 762-0706, Ext. 12

don.hay@hopechurchct.org

 

Staff

Paul Karus

Paul Karus

Youth Pastor

(203) 762-0706 Ext. 13

Katie Nelson

Katie Nelson

Worship Coordinator

(203) 762-0706
katie@katienelsonmusic.com

Kimberly Karus

Kimberly Karus

Children's Ministry Director

(203) 762-0706 Ext. 16

Nicole Marron

Nicole Marron

Office Administrator

(203) 762-0706 Ext. 11

Elder Team

Dan Vinton (Chair)

Wilton

Ken Friedrichsen

Weston

Chris Sanzaro

Wilton

Walt Golembeski

Westport

Alan Renne

Ridgefield

Bob McDowell

Wilton

Clay Larsen

Wilton

Stephan Steiner

Stamford

“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.”   – Pastor Don Hay

Our Values

Three things we highly value

The Bible

We believe the Bible is God’s inspired word given to us to use in living each day with Him. We preach the Bible, study it in groups, and encourage you to read and apply it in your own life.

Community

God calls us into a relationship with himself, and we strive together to know and love Him more. Our Church is a place for you to live out being a member of God’s family, no matter what age or place in life you are in.He also calls us to fellowship with other Christians.  All of our ministries are designed to help facilitate developing friendships and doing life together.

Mission

We believe God created us for the purpose of knowing and serving Him, and we strive to use our gifts and resources to make a difference in the world. We believe everyone has something to offer, and we seek to help you find your niche of meaningful service and ministry.

What We Believe

The Scriptures

We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men,and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1: 21

God

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I John 5:7; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14

Jesus

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, and ascended into Heaven where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate. John 1:1; Hebrews 9:24-28; I Corinthians 15:3

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict man, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, and empower the believer for godly living and service.John 14:16, 17, 26; John 15:26; John 16:8

Humanity

We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and therefore is lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salva tion and spiritual life be obtained.Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12; John 1:12-13

Justification and Salvation

We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God.John 1:12; John 3:3,16

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 11:23-25

The Church

We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the head.I Corinthians 12:12-14

Membership

We believe that only those who are thus members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.Acts 2:47

Autonomy

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.Colossians 1:18

Christ’s Return

We believe in the personal and premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this Blessed Hope has a vital bearing of the personal life and service of the Believer.1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Resurrection

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead: of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.I Corinthians 15:51-54

Our Denomination

EFCA

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

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