We are a group of people that believes in welcoming everyone. We're a family--a group of imperfect people who follow a perfect Savior.
We get together for worship every Sunday at 10:30AM at 573 Goodale Rd.
Jefferson, OH 44047
Roger and Lori Loomis lead the church. Roger grew up in Jefferson, and knew that somehow he would plant a church in the village. He has an interesting story, and tells a portion here.
Come as you are, with no judgment.
Hope Community Church was birthed in 1974, that is, in my heart. I was born in Ashtabula and grew up in Jefferson, graduating from Jefferson Area High School.
I came to faith in Christ at age 14 while attending youth camp. I also felt a call to full-time ministry. During the summer of 1974, I struggled with what to do regarding my perceived need to remain at home or to leave for college. One day, while walking in the field behind my home and feeling overwhelmed, I cried out to the Lord for direction. I fell to the ground, sobbing in the high grass and heard the Lord say, “He who does not forsake, father, mother, brother or sister for my sake is not fit for the kingdom of God. One day you will return to Jefferson and plant a church.” That promise came to pass 40 years later!
I subsequently attended Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, where I met Lori Owens. We married in 1977, and over the next 35 years, we pastored five Assemblies of God congregations. Each time we completed a church assignment, we wondered if it was time to see the Lord’s vision for Jefferson fulfilled.
In 2012 we transitioned from our fifth church. At that same time, I became a hospice chaplain. The gifts inside me turned from regular church ministry to helping individuals transition from this life to the next. Over the next five years, we simultaneously worked to plant Hope Community. Lori and I continue to see God’s plan unfold in this wonderful village and county.
By March 2017, average weekly attendance was 100 plus people, with servant leaders in place to offer balanced family ministry. The church moved to its permanent location in September 2017 – 573 Goodale Road in Jefferson, where we continue to see people find new life in Christ, all the while remembering that God’s plans have no expiration date!
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