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Stories of Hope

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A Story of Hope from Kent & Donna DePriest

We had just moved to Memphis, in November 2000, and were looking for a church home. We had a choice—be late for Sunday service at another church we were driving to for a 10:45 service—or be early for Hope’s 11:15 service. We pulled in and decided to check out Hope. We have never left. :) <Kent & Donna DePriest> Read More
at Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Story of Hope from Triena Winbery

My husband and I shared our first date at Hope. We were both going thru a hard time and my friends told me I should go to Hope. His friends told him the same. We were friends, so we just said let’s try Hope together. We did, and we were hooked. We both felt Craig was talking straight at us. My husband even said he felt like the “dragon” that he felt hovering over him disappeared during that sermon and didn’t come back. Four years later we were married at Hope. We... Read More
at Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Story of Hope from Gretchen Campbell

My family started going to Hope when I was in the 4th grade. I still remember being in a classroom above the South Hall on a Wednesday (MTV) night when I fully put my life in God’s hands, understanding for the first time I couldn’t do life alone. I went on to be involved in youth group all through middle and high school where the leaders and community there really helped me strengthen my faith. They came right alongside me to find answers when I was questioning what I believed. My... Read More
at Friday, September 7, 2018

A Story of Hope from Loye Ellsworth

My Hope Story started my senior year in high school. I was searching for a new youth group to be a part of because the church where I grew up had a major split and I was pretty devastated about it. My friend Claire Baker (Greene at the time) invited me to go on a youth trip called Victory Ranch, where I didn’t know a soul. I was terrified. The first thing I noticed when I arrived, was how welcomed I felt. Every person that I met, was either sincerely excited to meet me or gave me a huge... Read More
at Friday, September 7, 2018

A Story of Hope from Jordan Ray

September is such a great month, and not because of some great big accomplishment but because I gave myself back to God and decided to walk with him. A year ago, I stumbled across a VIBE night post on Instagram. It took a lot for me to get here but I got here and along with crying my eyes out I fell in love with the worship. The message spoke directly to me, which is like what anyone who hasn’t been to church in a while might say, but I felt like this speaker knew my life. From that night... Read More
at Friday, September 7, 2018

A Story of Hope from Jana Church

When we moved to Memphis in 2004, we struggled to find a church where the whole family felt at home. We had been attending a Lutheran church in Chicago but couldn’t find anything when we arrived. After visiting MANY different churches of different denominations, Bill’s boss recommended that we give Hope a try. Although a "mega" church was not what we were looking for, and the music was dramatically different from the traditional hymns we were used to singing, we felt a... Read More
at Friday, September 7, 2018

A Story of Hope from Jessika Jordan

I grew up in California until 1993. I was a sophomore in high school and never set foot in a church. When I moved to Memphis in 1993, one of my good friends introduced me to her church and I started attending youth group there. At one of their lock-ins I accepted Jesus into my heart, but I still didn’t feel like I had a close relationship to God. I also didn’t feel at home at her church either. It was a few years later that another friend invited me to Hope. I was hooked from that... Read More
at Friday, September 7, 2018

A Story of Hope from Ernie Hilliard

Praise God for 30 years of Hope Church and leading Craig Strickland and a courageous band of our Lord’s followers who accepted the call to plant a church for the “unchurched/de-churched” in Cordova. My truly unimaginable journey with Hope Church began in 1975 when God orchestrated my career move from Los Angeles to Memphis. This was a time of disruption and disillusionment about my church experience and my spiritual journey. At the time, I could not fully appreciate and... Read More
at Friday, September 7, 2018

A Story of Hope from Tracey Schultz

My story starts first with myself coming to visit a relative in the Memphis area. He invited us to Hope Church. Now, we have always been a small church people but is had been forever since we had been to a church. We felt a part of the church the minute we walked in and were welcomed by a greater. The service was nothing like we attended before but when it was finished I felt instantly connected and felt cleansed inside and was actually crying. We now live in the Memphis area and go every... Read More
at Thursday, August 30, 2018

A Story of Hope from Christen Hulgan

I am a wife and teacher, but most importantly I am a mom. I have a typical son and a daughter with special needs. Having a child with special needs can take a LOT out of a person and I realized about 5 years ago that God was my answer. A friend mentioned Hope Choir to my daughter, Annabelle, and me—so we tried it out! Choir was a wonderful fun way to get involved in a very large and sometimes intimidating church. After a year of attending, another church member asked if I would mind... Read More
at Thursday, August 30, 2018