On December 23, 2012 the facility at 1790 Charnelton became home to a new work of grace that represents the re-opening of a church that previously had a profound impact on Lane County. It is called New Hope Eugene (NHE). The former church was Lighthouse Temple, an Open Bible Church that birthed the Open Bible denomination and started the Bible College currently known as New Hope Christian College. With that understanding, New Hope Eugene is a church birthed out of both a great history and a divine partnership.
Our Foundational Support
New Hope Eugene's partnership lies in a fruitful relationship between two organizations, New Hope International (a global network started by Pastor Wayne Cordeiro) and Open Bible Churches. Open Bible's support and initiative in this church plant, under the leadership of Pastor Gary Emery, has been courageous, unwavering, and life giving as has that of NHI. Pastor Gary and Pastor Wayne bring a tremendous resource, serving as coaches and occasional speakers for the church.
New Hope Eugene is led by Pastors Aaron Sutherland and Steve Kenny.
Pastor Aaron & his wife Paula, along with their two sons Ethan and Isaac, have experienced the crazy world of church planting before. They planted and pastored Desert Song Community Church in Redmond, Oregon for eight years before answering the call to start New Hope Eugene.
Pastor Steve and his wife Cindy, along with their kids David, Aaron, Nathan & Samantha moved to Eugene in 2010 to help plant New Hope Eugene. Pastor Steve has served in pastoral ministry in Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington and is now very excited to call Eugene home.
A Unique Academic Partnership
New Hope Eugene is a church built on the central mission of Christ - winning the lost, discipling the saved, training the called and reaching the world with the good news of Christ. It has a vibrant and intentional relationship with New Hope Christian College and offers an internship program so those training for ministry will have a field of practicum in which to develop their faith and skills.
Among the many exciting things about New Hope Eugene is the connection it has to New Hope Christian College. As stated above, part of the design of the church is that it serves as a "lab" environment for those training in ministry. For example, those studying for children's ministry actually get to be involved with our Kid City children's ministry at the church. The same is true for technology, youth, music, administration and all of the other elements of church life. At New Hope Eugene, the students get to take what they are learning and put it into practice in a real time environment. NHE, however, is not just a church for students. Its design is for the community to partner alongside all of its ministries, so it ultimately becomes a community of faith for all ages and stations in life.
What We Are Passionate About
Since the passion of NHE is to reach people who do not yet know Jesus, we desire to show our community the genuine love of God in tangible ways. Whether it is through giving Thanksgiving boxes to needy families from a nearby elementary school, or sharing the story of Christmas through our "Lights At New Hope", ours is a church that sincerely wants to be a blessing to our city.
We are filled with excitement about all that God has planned in the seasons to come. Above all else we understand that this is His church, and we simply want to join with Jesus in what He is already doing.