In the fall of 1938, after a crisis, the Mt. Zion Church divided . . . Then, a group of people who became known as the "The Willing Workers Club," was organized under the leadership of Rev. Mitchell H. Raspberry. They worshipped in the homes of Sister Addie Sweet Jones and Deacon John Harmon.The membership under Rev. Raspberry moved into the first church structure at 801 W. 7th Street. It was a storefront building with apartments overhead. Some of the members lived in the apartments. The old round pot belly stove furnished the heat, The Sunday program bore the inscription "Enter to worship, leave to serve." Rev. Raspberry remained with the church thru 1947, until he was called to pastor a church in Benton Harbor, MI. Rev. Raspberry was very concerned that someone carry on the work at New Hope and he recommended Rev. Galvin Ray Beckwith. Rev. Raspberry, the founder of the church, built a duplicate of our church named New Bethel Baptist Church.
Rev. Beckwith was called to pastor New Hope October 3, 1947. One of the first things done under Rev. Beckwith's leadership was the remodeling of the storefront structure. They opened two houses and enlarged the church, built a pool, pastor's study, deacon's room, ladies room, utility room, enlarged the choir stand and choir room. The membership worshipped and worked together there for many years, traveling the steep hills of progress by faith. In order to build our present church we purchased other lots, which included one from Sis. Mary Parrish. The bank informed them that additional collateral was necessary to secure a loan. One of the things done to raise money was the organization of the Biblos Players, who produced various plays.
On December 16, 1965, Pastor Beckwith ended his assignment at New Hope as Pastor and went home to be with the LORD. He will forever be remembered as a dedicated, humble, concerned and grateful pastor. After his death, and a period of mourning and bereavement, Rev. Bennie E. Love was called to fill the vacant pastorate. It was during this time Rev. Love organized the "Brotherhood" auxiliary, now known as our Laymen.
Rev. Love was pastor of New Hope for approximately ten months. On Friday, April 19, 1968, Rev. Robert Thomas Shipp was called to pastor. He came from Blytheville, AR, a dynamic preacher, teacher, singer, with the warmest, biggest smile ever. His sermons were indeed lessons for life that could be applied to everyday living. Pastor Shipp was a highly sought after speaker, and involved in the community on various boards and in the school system.
On Monday May 1, 1989, Rev. Eddie Lee Jenkins, a young dynamic preacher from the West Side of Chicago was called to lead New Hope in the ways of the Lord. His sermons were light for those lost in darkness and food for those souls seeking spiritual nourishment. His teachings were guidelines for the youngest to the oldest who desired abundant life forever. During his pastorate, a 47 passenger motor coach and two vans were purchased, additional drainage system added, upgraded sound system, church remodeled (Nehemiah Project), handicap restrooms and a handicap entrance were added, and properties purchased, New ministries include: Child Care, Evangelistic, Young Adult, Noon Day Prayer and Intercession, Started 8:00 a.m. service, Children's Church and Administration Building.
Pastor Jenkins served faithfully and tirelessly as Pastor of New Hope MBC for 23 years, encouraging us to operate in the spirit of excellence in all that we do. He often spoke about V.I.S.A. Vision, Integrity, Structure, and Accountability. In June 2012, Pastor Jenkins yielded to God's call to pastor at the Good Street Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Thereby, ending his assignment at New Hope MB Church.
On September 1, 2013, Rev. Kendall Washington from Dayton, Ohio officially became Pastor of New Hope M.B. Church. Pastor Washington came to us as an anointed, energetic, gifted man of God who preached and taught the word with a fresh presentation, often sprinkled with humor so that the young and old alike were able to understand. Pastor Washington was uniquely gifted with the ability to play the organ, keyboard, drums and the gift to sing praises unto God.
Monday April 11th 2016, Rev. Jacarra Michael Williams was called to serve as Senior Pastor of New Hope MB Church.
Rev. Williams, a young, faithful, anointed, spirit-filled man of God, out of Fort Wayne Indiana came to New Hope excited about his call and eager to “go to work” He and his wife, Lady Tahquai-Alyce have endeared themselves with the New Hope family who in turn have also embraced them. Since Pastor Williams arrival, we have seen growth spiritually, physically and financially. The Youth Choir and YAMS are ministering, Junior Nurses are being organized, Choir Robes were dedicated, and New Hope is attending district meetings. Pastor Williams sermons are refreshing and delivered with power as he easily connects with all age groups in the congregation. Although a young preacher (age 28) Pastor Williams, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is wise beyond years, able to preach and teach with the wisdom gleaned from his mentors: Elder men of God and Big Momma. Pastor Williams is in the beginning of his Pastorate, getting to know the New Hope family and Michigan City community by observing, listening and praying. Rev. Williams was installed as pastor of New Hope on July 24, 2016. Thanks be to God for giving us what we need as we enter this “New Season” together. “WON’T HE DO IT!”