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New Hope Missionary Baptist Church


About New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

Wilson, NC

Our Staff

Rev. Steve Stephenson
    Senior Pastor

Brandon Gray
    Associate Pastor

Bobby Bennett
    Office Administrative Assistant and Music Director

Suzie Williford

LogoNew Hope Missionary Baptist Church
5142 NC Hwy 58 N.
Wilson, NC 27896-7944
Phone: 252-237-1688

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About Our Church

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church is a body of believers linked eternally together through faith in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son. At New Hope we are passionate about the things God wants His followers to care about. We exist to ignite growth in God's kingdom and exalt Christ through family-centered discipleship and outreach. We strive to provide an environment where all God’s children can grow in faith, hope and love. We care about each other and we also care about you. We hope that you will soon join us in calling New Hope home.


Statement of Beliefs

The Scriptures
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.

There is one and only one living and true God. …The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. …God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

God the Son
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. …He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.

God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. …He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. …He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. …By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. … The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.

God's Purpose of Grace
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. …All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.

The Church
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel…and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. …This church is an autonomous body. …The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages.

Baptism & the Lord's Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. …It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members … memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

The Lord's Day
The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. …It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion.

Last Things
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. …Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly…the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell. …The righteous… will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Evangelism & Missions
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations … to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort.

The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence … there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. …The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions.

Christ's people should … organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God . Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the churches. …Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations.

The Christian & the Social Order
Every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in his own life and in human society. ... The Christian should oppose in the spirit of Christ every form of greed, selfishness, and vice.

Religious Liberty 
Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. …A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal.

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. …Marriage is the unity of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. …The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. …Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. 

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Church History

In the beginning...

During the Civil War days, Salem Church was born. It was originally located about 5 miles west of what is now know as New Hope. Sometime between 1870 and 1880, New Hope Baptist Church was built on it's present location. The congregation of Salem became the new Church. Membership started out with about 30 people.

In 1881, 21 members joined and went immediately to the water for Baptism. By 1896, there were approx. 45 members in good standing. In 1914, membership had grown to 155 folks. An associational letter dated 10/12/1924 reported 243 members. During those years revival services were held.

The first Church building was completed by 1880. In 1905 a new ceiling and floor were added. The Church building was literally "turned around", and the Santuary as we know it today was completed in 1917. Sunday School rooms were partitioned in 1925. The Church parsonage was added in 1948. The Church was brick-veneered and the educational building was completed in the early 1960's. A new steeple was erected by 1963. Additional Sunday School rooms, a baptistry and paved parking spaces were added there after.

New Hope Congregation, 1926

Many different renovations have taken place, with the most significant in recent history being in the summer of 2000 when the Sanctuary was completely reworked, and a playground was added.

Renovation in progress - May 2000

Renovation Completed - July 2000

A drive through covered car port was built in 2002 to aid in inclement weather, and a completely renovated kitchen in the educational building was completed Fall of 2006.

The new Family Ministry Center was completed in July of 2008! This facility will offer even greater opportunities for outreach here @ New Hope!  More to follow...

Family Ministry Center completed July 2008

The Pastors
 (click link to see a complete list of all NHMBC pastors from 1880 to Present)

The first pastor of New Hope Baptist Church was W.R. Purnell, who served from 1880 to 1882. He came by horse and buggy from Franklin County once per month for services on Saturday and Sunday. In 1881, the Church voted to have services twice per month. First Church of Wilson shared it's pastors from 1897 to 1899. They were J. A. Rood and W. R. Redish. At this time there was a lull in attendance. In 1900, J.S. Farmer was called. He was a young man of great ability, who lived in Raleigh. Under his leadership, the Church began to grow. Later he became the editor of the state paper, the Biblical Recorder. Sunday School at New Hope was first organized in June, 1901.

In 1924, Harry Wright became the first pastor to live in the community in a house across from the Church. By 1929, E.J. Harrell moved into this house, and later moved to Red Oak, giving that community half of his time. He pastored for approx. 11 years. W.E. Cholerton served from 1950 to 1956 as New Hope's first full time pastor. Bill Leary was very involved in the local community, and served New Hope faithfully from 1975 to 1983. Leigh Hebbard served the longest pastorate in the Church's history from 1984 thru 1997. During his service between 1999 and 2002, Billy Culbert called for major improvements in the Church buildings and grounds and was instrumental in launching the AWANA ministry, which is a thriving Children's program today. Paul Weaver served as interim at New Hope on three separate occassions since the late 90's (both official and unofficial), and still makes a surprise visit with his wife Helen from time to time.

With our current Pastor Steve Stephenson now serving, and new neighborhoods springing up in our community every year, we see great potential in the days ahead to reach out to the city of Wilson and to the World in service of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Much of the above information was taken from the "Memories of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church" Book, compiled by Mrs. Betsy Winborne, 2003