Our History

Living Hope Church started in February of 1995

when Pastor Ron Allen decided to begin a Bible study in his home. A couple of families had arranged to attend this Thursday night Bible study, but a snow blizzard got in the way. However, that did not stop the Allen family from continuing the meeting.

This weekly Bible study continued to grow, so the Bible study group decided to start a Sunday morning service in the garage of the Allen family’s home on July 2, 1995.

At this time, Pastor Ron officially named the church Living Hope.The name of Living Hope came to Pastor Ron in the early eighties as he was walking up and down Chestnut Street praying. The Lord game him the verse 1 Peter 1:3; which at the time he did not know the purpose of, but later learned it was to become the name of his church.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3

Moving Forward

In September of 1995,

the church had grown to approximately thirty people and was ready to move again. The church moved into the basement of the Veteran’s building where the church grew to sixty-five people.

After what seemed to be a short stay in the Veteran’s building, Living Hope Church moved to a cornerstone on the corner of Willow Avenue and Short Street in May of 1996. Living Hope was truly blessed by this arrangement.

Approaching six years at this location, the church was becoming cramped. The congregation knew it was time to build their own building. The congregation of 100 people raised $100,000 to go towards the construction of the church building.

 

The Lord blessed the church with a hidden 9.46 acres right in the middle of town for a great price. Amazingly, the location for the church was cleared and the building was built within six months of the purchase.

On April 14, 2002, Living Hope Church had their first service in their newly-built building. The church has not stopped their vision of growth. With each day that passes, the vision becomes more of a reality. God is faithful!

Statement of Faith

* We believe that the Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God and contains God’s will for mankind.  (2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Peter 1:23-25)

* We believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  (Matthew 3:16-17)

* We believe that a person experiences the New Birth solely based on trusting in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ.  (Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-9)

* We believe that God is a loving Father who only desires and does good things for mankind.  (1 John 4:7; James 1:17)

* We believe that Jesus became sin, took our judgment and is the only sin offering that reconciles man to God.  Through His substitutionary death, we have been made righteous and free from the curse of the law.  (2 Corinthians 5:17-21, John 3:16-18, Galatians 3:13, Ephesians 1:6, Romans 5:19-20, Romans 4:25, Romans 5:1)

* We believe baptism in water by immersion is a direct commandment of our Lord and is for believers only.  The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.  (Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:21, Acts 8:36-39)

* We believe in the Baptistism of the Holy Spirit which enables the believer to express themselves to God in a supernatural tongue.  (Acts 1:4-5, Acts 2:4, Acts 2:38-39, 1 Corinthians 14: 4, 1 Corinthians 14:15)

* We believe in the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer who manifests Himself today as seen in the New Testament scriptures.  This includes all nine gifts of the Spirit which equips the believer for everyday life.  (1 Corinthians 12-14)

* We believe healing is for the physical ills of the human body, and healing is brought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands.  It is provided by the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the church today.  (Mark 16:18, James 5:14-25, 1 Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:4-5)

* We believe the Bible declares the purpose of Jesus coming to earth, and that through His death, burial, and resurrection, He brought peace between God and man. (Luke 2:14)  This peace is a definite promise of the new covenant with its basis in faith righteousness.  The New Testament promises all who believe that Jesus became our sin, sickness, and poverty, and those who identify with his resurrection will become an heir of the blessings of God.  (Romans 5:1, Galatians 3:13, Romans 1:16, Acts 10:36)

* We believe in eternal condemnation and punishment for those who knowingly reject the finished sacrificial offering of the Lord Jesus. (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10)

* We believe in the blessed hope of the rapture of the body of believers and the return of the Lord Jesus to the earth.  (Titus 2:13, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

* We believe God has always existed in perfect power and holiness. He is Creator of the universe.  He exists in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  (Genesis 1, Deuteronomy 6:4)

* We believe Jesus Christ is God’s Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully man. He is completely one with God, lived a perfect life, died on a cross, and after three days, He defeated sin and death and rose from the grave. He will return one day to rule and reign. (John 1:1-18, Colossians 1:13-22)

* We believe The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He works in the world to make all people understand their need for Jesus Christ, and He indwells every believer from the time of salvation. He empowers Christians to live a supernatural life. (Genesis 1:2, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 1:13-14)

WE HAVE A PLACE FOR EVERYONE

Not only do we have a place for everyone but everyone is invited just as you are.