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New Hope Christian Fellowship Celebrates 20 Years of Ministry in Arizona's White Mountains
New Hope Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational Christian church in Show Low Arizona, has been teaching God's word and ministering to the community for 20 years.
By: Pastor Tom Brown
New Hope Christian Fellowship is a Bible believing, Christ revering church with a focus on Jesus, the author and perfecter of Christian faith. Their mission is to do things Jesus’ way, by Jesus’ teaching and for Jesus’ glory. Pastor Tom Brown founded the church in April, 1992 with a handful of believers. New Hope Christian Fellowship was called forth to be a New Testament body who revere Christ and adhere to the Bible as their only rule for faith and practice. The first service was held on Easter Sunday, 1992.
Working on a shoestring budget, New Hope Christian Fellowship rented space from the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Eighth Avenue for eighteen years, while saving for their own building. From this location, the church moved to the American Indian Christian Mission chapel in Linden, where it presently holds Sunday service each week.
In 2004, the church was gifted with a great deal on a prime parcel of land at the corner of Cheney Ranch Loop and Highway 260. The church paid off the land in one year. Plans were formed to build. Construction began in 2008, but in the fall of that year the economy crashed. NHCF was left adrift. But due to generous donations and lots of prayer, construction started up again in 2011, and today the church building is expected to be completed in late summer.
New Hope Christian Fellowship has been blessed in being able to help various individuals and organizations in Show Low and the White Mountains. Some of their ministries include the Good News Club, which teaches youngsters in Pinetop and Show Low about the good news of Jesus Christ as set forth in the Bible. Another way the church aids the community is through Community Christian Outreach (CCO), a coalition of five area churches that together help needy families in the White Mountains with housing, paying utility bills and covering rent. Currently, NHCF also supports several missions, including Living Hope Women’s Center, American Indian Christian Mission, and various families teaching God’s word in Mexico, Asia, and throughout the world.
The church’s official twentieth anniversary celebration event will be held Sunday, April 22 immediately following the 10:30 AM worship service at American Indian Christian Mission. All past and present members as well as interested people in Show Low and the surrounding communities are invited to attend. In addition to a free chili dog barbecue with all the fixin’s, salads, sodas, and cake, participants will all go home with special gifts and prizes courtesy of New Hope Christian Fellowship.
Please join Pastor Tom and Margaret Brown and the congregation of New Hope Christian Fellowship as they continue to minister in the White Mountain community. Make plans to share with them in celebrating NHCF's anniversary and give thanks to God for all He has done to bless our church and its people.
About New Hope Christian Fellowship and Pastor Tom Brown
Pastor Tom Brown is an ordained minister, prolific writer, and retired firefighter. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Redlands in California and a Master of Divinity degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West. Pastor Tom and Margaret have lived in Show Low for 27 years. They first arrived here with their four young children after ministering to congregations in Idaho, Montana, and California. After pastoring Calvary Baptist Church for seven years, the Browns founded New Hope Christian Fellowship in 1992 to form a ministry that departed from the traditional, institutional church.
New Hope Christian Fellowship is a non-denominational Christian church comprised of an independent body of believers who have found comfort in biblical love, fellowship and spiritual unity. The church practices New Testament Christianity in adherence to the Word of God, in faith, in obedience, and servanthood. The church’s Mission Statement is “To do things Jesus’ way, by Jesus’ teaching, and for Jesus’ glory.”
New Hope Christian Fellowship currently meets weekly at American Indian Christian Mission, off Highway 260 on Mission Lane in Linden. Adult Sunday school is held at 9:30 AM and the Sunday service starts at 10:30 AM weekly. The church’s shepherding group is open to anyone who wants to learn more about God’s word and meets each Wednesday at 6:30 PM. There are also women’s and men’s Bible study groups that convene weekly; please call for times and locations.
Pastor Tom Brown
Website: www.NHCFShowLow.org or www.NewHopeBlog.org
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New Hope Christian Fellowship is a Bible believing, Christ revering church with a focus on Jesus, the author and perfecter of Christian faith. Find us online at http://www.NewHopeBlog.org.