NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH
OVER A CENTURY OF RICH HISTORY

 

HISTORICAL GLIMPSE OF THE CHURCH

(reprinted from 113th Anniversary Banquet Program)


New Hope Baptist Church was organized in 1894 by a group of people having prayer meeting in private homes.  The first building they worshipped in was an old fuel house.  The first Trustees were Mr. Richard Godfrey and Mr. William Artis.  In 1897, Miss Susan Robinson Godfrey was the first secretary.  New Hope received its name from Mrs. Rowena Battle.  The first Deacons were Mr. J.W. Morrisette, Mr. E. Stitch, Mr. Tom Artis, Mr. Steven Harris and Mr. James Roundtree.

New Hope Pastors from 1897 to 1991 were Rev. Tiley, Rev. Outlaw, Rev. Lawrence, Rev. Gomer, Rev. Burrell, Rev. Sharpe, Dr. A.B. Bingham, Dr. David M. Jones, and Rev. Houston.  Dr. Bingham served for 21 years (1938-59).  In 1960, fire destroyed the building on the hill.  Elder William Johnson of The Church of God and Saints of Christ was gracious enough to allow us to continue our worship.  Dr. David M. Jones was called to Pastor in 1961 and he served for 26 years (1961-87).  In July 1987, Rev. Kirk T. Houston, Sr. was elected Pastor.

In September 1992, the Lord blessed us with Dr. William E. Russell.  Under Dr. Russell's leadership, the Lord blessed him and his wife Angela with organizing a food bank for the church.  On April 9, 1994, a ground breaking ceremony was held for an addition to New Hope Baptist Church.  This addition, the Russell-Roberts Annex, was completed in 1996.  A Russell-Roberts Scholarship was implemented in 1993.  The Board of Christian Education was formed in 1997.  On December 16, 1999, our athletic field was named in remembrance of Deacon Jeremiah Gaines.  On December 19, 2000, the Angela Russell Prayer & Praise Dancers made their debut.  In March 2003 we welcomed the Hospitality Ministry.

With guidance from the Lord and under the leadership of Dr. Russell, we are making great progress.  We thank God for His grace and mercy, and we also thank you for your prayers and support of the New Hope Family. 


RENOVATED CHURCH HAS NEW HOPE IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, IT HAS FIXED UP ITS EDUCATION COMPLEX, KITCHEN, VESTIBULE AND SANCTUARY.

(reprinted from The Suffolk Sun)


Being established in 1894, for more than a century New Hope Baptist Church has lived up to its name, offering spiritual hope and a promise of new life to the Pughsville community.

New Hope traces its rich heritage to the days when the area was settled by freed slaves. According to the congregation's present pastor, the Rev. William E. Russell, New Hope's membership has always included ''extremely independent, self-reliant individuals.''

He said, ''This church has helped produce numbers of very resourceful people.'' Among them are founders of private companies, businessmen, electrical contractors, outstanding athletes, a professional singer, educators and a college professor.

''As the major church set in the midst of the community, we continue to be the hub of activity for this area,'' Russell said.

. . . According to Russell, today's church membership includes ''outstanding citizens and strong influences within our community.'' The church draws its membership predominantly from Suffolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake.

But with a good mix of ages and a full roster of activities, Russell feels New Hope will remain attractive to newcomers as growth continues in north Suffolk and surrounding areas.

Russell, a native of Princess Anne County, returned to Virginia after nearly 30 years of service in the public school system of Wilmington, Del.  Reverend Russell's family includes his wife, Angela, and three grown daughters.

Retiring as an assistant district superintendent, with equal years of tenure as a pastor, Russell returned to his roots to be near family. Retirement was short-lived, and today Russell serves as both pastor to New Hope Baptist Church in Suffolk and as deputy superintendent of Chesapeake schools.   

Article excerpt taken from:  THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT ,  Copyright (c) 1996, Landmark Communications, Inc.
DATE: Thursday, June 27, 1996               TAG: 9606270154
SECTION: SUFFOLK SUN             PAGE: 04   EDITION: FINAL
SOURCE: BY TRUDY CUTHRELL, CORRESPONDENT
DATELINE: SUFFOLK                           LENGTH:   87 lines

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