Who We Are

New Hope Community Church is a member of the Reformed Church in America, the oldest Protestant denomination in America with a continuous history. It was established in New York in 1628. It is a historic denomination coming out of the Reformation when the Church was “reformed” according to the Word of God. The Church is Reformed in belief, with a Presbyterian form of government.

The Reformed Church in America has a presbyterial, or representative, form of government that is biblically-based.

Each congregation is governed by a body called a consistory. The consistory is made of elders and deacons, elected by the congregation and the congregation’s installed ministers.

Elders are to maintain order, exercise Christian discipline, and assist in pastoral care. They are responsible for the spiritual life of the congregation. They receive individuals into the membership of a church and plan and participate in the observance of the sacraments. New Hope has four elected or appointed elders.

Deacons are to lead in ministries of mercy, justice, service, and outreach. They also are to care for the needs of people within the congregation, in the surrounding community, and around the world. Here at New Hope, we have six elected deacons.

Ministers serve as pastors and teachers of the congregation. They are called by God to preach the Word of God, administer the sacraments, and care for the members of the congregation, building up and equipping the church for its ministry in the world.