Our Story

The vision of starting a life-giving church in North Charlotte caught Pastor Mike Field by surprise.  Since 1989, Pastor Mike had served as the senior pastor of existing churches in both Texas and North Carolina.  In 2005, his denomination, the Assemblies of God, asked him to serve as the Executive Director of Ministries for the churches of North Carolina.  For three years he traveled across the state consulting with churches and encouraging pastors and leadership teams.  All the while, he felt a sense of loss, missing both the city and people of Charlotte. In 2007, while attending the funeral of a great hero in ministry, Mike sensed the Lord open the door to reenter pastoral ministry.  Through much prayer and many discussions with a team of seasoned ministers and the leaders of the Association of Related Churches, the Lord placed the vision of Hope Church in his heart.

Hope Church began to form when fifteen residents of North Charlotte showed up for an interest meeting at the Hampton Inn near Concord Mills Mall on a cold January night in 2008.  Through much prayer, many home visits and a lot of Caribou Coffee, Hope Church launched publicly on September 14, 2008 at the Starlite Theater on Hwy 29.  Looking back, it was quite a weekend to start a church called Hope.  September 14, 2008 officially marked the beginning of the Great Recession and was the day that the city of Charlotte ran out of gasoline due to Hurricane Ike.  In the midst of great uncertainty, Hope was launched to bring the certain, never changing message of Jesus Christ to the North Charlotte community.

The vision the Lord placed in the heart of Pastor Mike was not just to plant a church, but to effectively be involved in planting five other life-giving churches in the Charlotte area.  In 2009, Pastor Mike and the leadership team at Hope helped launch Center City Church led by Pastor David Docusen for the residents of uptown Charlotte.  Center City is a thriving relevant ministry making a great impact in the Queen City.  From 2009 through 2013, Hope has also been involved in helping to start two other new churches in Charlotte, as well as churches in Albemarle, NC, Apex, NC and Grand Rapids, MI.  Pastor Mike serves as an overseer for four of the new churches and continues to serve in leadership for the Assemblies of God as the lead assessor of their Church Planting Committee.

Hope has experienced God’s faithfulness as it began to put down roots and grow in the Mallard Creek Community of North Charlotte.  Moving from the movie theater to Mallard Creek Elementary and ultimately to Mallard Creek Recreation Center, the ministry of Hope has been able to impact the families of our community.  In 2013, Hope was able to purchase property on Johnston Oehler Rd and is currently building its first building with plans to occupy in December of 2017 

Planting a life-giving church has been and will continue to be an amazing journey.  Many people have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and lives continue to be changed every week as they encounter God, experience hope through Jesus Christ and engage in their life mission.  The beginning of any journey is always exciting and we give thanks for all the Lord has accomplished through Hope.  However, Pastor Mike and the ministry team at Hope believe that the foundation has been laid for the life-giving ministry of Hope to impact North Charlotte for generations to come.

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