A Church History
A group of people started holding
cottage prayer meetings in May of 1975. They met nightly at Jim and Mae Stones house on Howell Ave. They prayed for
Gods leadership in starting a new church.
The first service of New Hope Baptist Church was held May 17, 1975
(Mother's Day) in a pasture at Henry Grants home. The first pastor was James W. Howell. There were 38 charter members.
The members bought a double-wide trailor to hold services in until they could build a church. The trailor was
put on Henry Grants property.
They purchased 5 acres of property on Wiscon Rd. and had the ground breaking
on April 24, 1976. Edward Dennis was the building contractor and Joe Stone was the electrical contractor. The members
all pitched in to help with the construction at night, on weekends, and whenever able.
The first service in the new
building was held in July 1977. At this time the members sold the double-wide they had been meeting in.
started handing out baskets of food to the needy for Thanksgiving and Christmas in 1987. This practice has grown yearly.
It is supported through our weekly birthday offering.
Bro. David L. Stephens was called as our pastor August 16,
1989. On September 24, 1989 we had our first radio broadcast. This broadcast is on WWJB (1450 AM, 92.3 and 103.9 FM) at 9:00 a.m. EST every
Sunday. And online too at: WWJB.com
. Click on the 'Listen Live' on the right side of the page. Click here to listen live
(a new window will open with the WWJB Listen Live player).
In 1990 we purchased
a baptistry from another church and also started a monthly nursing home ministry. We held our first baptism in the church on
September 8, 1996 baptizing 8 people.
We lost "Bro. Dave" to cancer on July 5, 2000. He had served faithfully
as our pastor for 11 years. Rev. Sherman Davis filled in as interim pastor.
In January of 2001 Rev. Richard Clark
was called as pastor.
In December of 2003 Pastor Oliver Bevins was asked to serve as interim after Rev. Clarks
In February of 2004 Pastor Oliver Bevins was asked to be ordained and become our full time pastor.
On May 16, 2008 Pastor Oliver Bevins was ordained and, PRAISE GOD, still serves as our pastor.
Pastor Oliver Bevins