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HISTORY

In 1998 God gave Dan a dream of starting a church in the Lehigh Valley that will connect with people who are disconnected from church and/or spiritually unresolved. The dream wasn’t about the size of the church as much as a particular kind of culture. It was about a community where the primary value is relationships. It was about a place where anyone can come and find unconditional acceptance and love. A place where people can connect in an authentic relationship with God and be encouraged to pursue their God-destiny. A place where people will be encouraged to dream, believe and become! Inspired by that dream, born out of the heart and life practice of Jesus (Luke 15 and Luke 19:1-10) and the first New Testament church (Acts 2:42-47), Dan & Cathy moved to the Lehigh Valley and began building a team to launch this new church. Because they wanted the name to reflect the DNA and the dream, they chose “HOPE” from Jeremiah 29:11—“I know the plans I have for you,”declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Hope and a future always go together. That’s what we want people to think about as they experience HOPE church. On Sunday, September 24, 2000 Hope was launched in the Lehigh Valley Mall Cinema—a new church for the new millennium! The journey has since taken us to many other locations in the Lehigh Valley, emphasizing what we have believed from the beginning, that the church is not a building, but people who are committed to each other in a covenant kind of community.