30 Years of Hope

Stories of Hope

A Story of Hope from Kristina Tubinis

I feel like my whole life is Hope! I transferred home to the U of M from Knoxville in 2006. My younger sister was really involved with some friends that went to Hope and that summer they had youth internships open. She gave Bret my name and I started almost immediately. I look back at that summer as the hardest, but one of the best summers I had in my school years. God gave me everything I needed in terms of support for the things I was about to face in my life. He gave me new friends, mentors... Read More
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A Story of Hope from Megan Broadstreet

I first came to Hope in 2013 after college, when I didn’t really go to church or think about church much. I knew once I came to Hope that this was the place I wanted to go to church. It was home. From there I got involved in almost every ministry possible. I did my first mission trip to Kenya and eventually that led to an internship in Uganda, which ultimately led to a second home. I ended up doing the adult internship program after getting my master’s degree, which led to my first... Read More
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A Story of Hope from Jessica Morris

I feel like I’ve been at Hope Church my entire life! We started attending Hope Church shortly after moving to Memphis halfway through my 5th grade year. Instantly, my parents connected with the music, preaching and community at Hope. It wasn’t until I came to faith, five years later, that Hope became my home. I will never forget walking into the youth area (now room 230!), meeting Bret Spiegelman and then being introduced to some leaders and students...and then the rest is history.... Read More
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A Story of Hope from Lisa Vines

I began going to HOPE in 2004 with my then fiancé and we never looked back. We immediately joined as greeters, got the kids involved and HOPE Church has been nothing short of AMAZING in my life! The message is relatable and just when you think the music can’t be any better…well LOL!  In 2014 the unthinkable happened to us, our family lost two children, two months apart—my stepson & daughter. My daughter left us the most beautiful gift, her... Read More
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A Story of Hope from Kathy Flake

Thirty years ago, I was part of something you only have to do once. We had a practice run for starting a church. We ran the nursery, kids’ classes and worship services–but, we only invited ourselves. Much like a wedding rehearsal–we were looking for all the elements we hadn’t thought about and were making sure everyone was ready for the big event the following Sunday. That following weekend around 200 people came to be a part of this new church we had named Hope. We... Read More
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A Story of Hope from Chad Johnson

I found Hope when I was searching for the next chapter in my life. I had one more year before I graduated college and really had no long-term direction. I had a friend’s family that lived in Memphis and when they went home they invited me to join them. They invited me to a Saturday night service, and at the time it was called The Stirring. Immediately I knew something was different about this church. Not just the living room feel wherever you went, but the people felt like real people. I... Read More
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A Story of Hope from Stacey Schwarzmann

About 10 years ago, I started attending Hope Church as a single working mom with a 9-month-old infant. Historically, I had grown up in a much smaller church in the area, but in my circumstances at the time, I was missing a Christian community that I could relate to. Ironically, I had one friend from college invite me to attend the New Mom’s Bible Study at Hope, and I had another friend invite me to attend the single’s ministry at Hope, both invites within the same week. I... Read More
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A Story of Hope from Shelly Cheng

I moved with my husband and son to a brand-new town, not knowing anyone or anything about Memphis. Stephen had a friend from work that invited him to Hope. We visited four churches before Hope and immediately knew we were where we were supposed to be. My personality is very outgoing, so this church’s worship style and laid-back attitude was welcoming to me. For my introvert of a husband, he enjoyed the preaching and teaching because they were practical Biblical truths that could be done... Read More
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A Story of Hope from Cindy Brandon

We started at Hope because my son, Noah, has autism and it proved difficult to find a church home. The first Sunday we attended was Mother’s Day and Noah fell in love with Hope that Sunday. I think it’s because he knew (as did I) he had found a place where he "fits in." So, we started attending EVERY Sunday. I then started to volunteer in the one Macky & Friends classroom we had at the time. I knew right then that we belonged here. Then our ministry started to grow... Read More
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A Story of Hope from Sydney O'Daniel Magsig

We were empty-nesters and really did not think much about going to church on Sundays. We had an “in“ with Hope because my cousin, Eli Morris, was one of the pastors. We visited, went through Introducing Hope, joined and got I got plugged in with Women’s Ministry. My husband, Cecil, traveled all week so it was hard for him to get plugged in, but he faithfully came every weekend. The firm he worked with, Fleming Architects, was hired for all the new construction and so he... Read More
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