Church History

On Sunday, March 12, 1996, the first service of NEW HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH was held in the Delhi Jr. High School auditorium, located in a suburb on Cincinnati's west side.  NEW HOPE was launched as the result of the dreams and passions of a small group of enthusiastic Christ-followers seeking to reach out to those indifferent to or disconnected from church life.

From the outset, NEW HOPE decided not to be affiliated with any particular denomination. Instead, the concept of designating NEW HOPE as an interdenominational church developed in response to the desire to focus on the foundational teachings of the Bible... thereby   removing the doctrinal and denominational barriers that often separate Christians and creating an atmosphere of acceptance.

"It'll never work on the West Side..." this was the prediction of some well-meaning but skeptical people who thought that a non-traditional, contemporary church deep in the heart of the west side of Cincinnati, would not be well received because it was too "nontraditional" for such a conservative, traditional-minded community. Our skeptics were mistaken.

Empowered by God's love the NEW HOPE team settled on the mission "to develop fully-devoted Christ followers" by using innovative and relevant methods of ministry while keeping a tenacious commitment to teaching about Christ. As a result ...seekers...doubters...skeptics...non-practicing Christians... and those who had gotten either frustrated or bored with church... along with long-time Christians, are all a part of the church's makeup. From the moment of its first celebration service, NEW HOPE sought to consistently provide a worship environment that is both meaningful to believers yet open and welcoming to those who simply wish to investigate the truths of Christianity.

Until September 12th, 2004, we did not have a church building to call our own and met each Sunday in various school auditoriums. The plus side of this situation was that it gave an opportunity to emphasize the fact that the church is not made up of "bricks and mortar"... but of people... who together strive to spread the message of Christ's redemptive love. However, due to the combination of expanded ministry needs and limited access and usage of the local schools, New Hope began praying and looking for a place to call "home."

In April 2004, a "God-thing" happened.  Northern Point Community Church was preparing to search for a new leader due to their pastor's coming retirement. The leadership of both churches were made aware of each other's needs and met to discuss the possibilities. After several months of much prayer and deliberation, the decision was made to merge the two churches into one. The combined church kept the "New Hope" name and our first service together was held on September 12, 2004, at 3707 Edgewood Drive and this has been "home" ever since.

Those who attend discover a comfortable, casual environment as they are greeted warmly, then invited to visit the "New Hope Café" for some fresh coffee, juice and pastries. Our typical Sunday service includes contemporary praise and worship with a live band, video clips, and impactful teaching... which is biblical, and culturally relevant.  Our services starts at 10:30 a.m.  We hope you'll come and bring a friend!