From its inception, Hope has taken seriously our Lord's command to care for the under-resourced among us. To that end, we have implemented a rich variety of successful urban initiatives that have become part of our DNA. These programs foster relationships between people from two very different backgrounds and lifestyles. They make friends out of strangers and heal the wounds of our past. 

For over 25 years, the Urban Ministry of Hope Church has offered life-changing experiences through the Urban Plunge and Justice Tour of Civil Rights Movement. These events have been instrumental to getting individuals engaged by serving others through discipleship and giving. The Urban Ministry serves over 1,000 families annually through Thanksgiving Food Drives, Backpacks for school children and sponsoring families during Christmas with the Tree of Hope. Our ministry has been avid about serving hundreds of children annually from the inner city by with Resurrection activities and hosting Vacation Bible School sessions during the summer at various churches in South Memphis, Frayser and other areas of the city. To get involved, take a look at some of our volunteer opportunities below. 

urban Plunge

April 13 & 14

Come "plunge" with Eli and the Urban Ministry staff on April 13th and 14th, 2018. You will get a real life, upfront, personal experience of what life is like in the inner city of Memphis. You will hear and see the hearts, visions and passions of Urban Ministry leaders that continue to drive change. We will tour cultural landmarks in local civil rights history, participate in revitalization efforts in North Memphis and foster an environment to discuss key issues concerning race and justice, and the current state of our city. This experience will leave you forever changed, with a new outlook on serving in your city. 

Register Here!

Justice Tour

June 8-10 

Join us for Urban Ministry staff and Pastor Eli's 3-day Spiritual Retreat in Alabama. We attempt to walk the same paths as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others as they fought for equal rights for all. It is a powerful history lesson listening to the stories of that day from many first-hand witnesses as we visit Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, the Civil Rights Memorial, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, and attend service at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and more.  Click the link below to show your interest in the Justice Tour. We will contact you regarding payment and Orientation details. 

Justice Tour


Click here to view a helpful list of resources, such as shelters, food pantry information, grief support and more! Or click here to view our Facebook page!

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to volunteer? Click here to sign up online

Binghampton Christian Academy
We are excited to announce a new serving opportunity with Binghampton Christian Academy this new year. We will be helping support a Christian Day School and Live-in Residential Program for local children. For information on ways you and your family can participate in Saturday or after school opportunities.

Knitting & Crochet Groups for Preemies
We welcome you to join our Knitting and Crochet group to learn how to make preemie babies hats, prayer scarfs, and octopuses. This group meets every 3rd Thursday of the Month. 

Quilting for NICU at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital

Whether you have never quilted or you are an experienced quilter, come join us making quilts for the NICU. Quilting sessions are every 3rd Saturday of the Month. You can use the link above to sign-up for any opportunity listed above or you can contact Britney Ebersold (Britney@HopeChurchMemphis.com) for more information.”

We also have on-going partnerships with other ministries in the city such as Neighborhood Christian Center, Multi-National Ministries and Streets Ministries that include financial and volunteer support for youth tutoring and mentoring initiatives. 

Urban Staff

Andrea Curry

Urban Ministry Director

All Staff, Urban Outreach

Britney Ebersold

Urban Ministry Administrative Assistant

All Staff, Urban Outreach