From humble beginnings to growing community.

Hopewell had its beginning early in the nineteenth century when the community’s German Lutherans established a school in a hillside log building under the leadership of Henry Ripple and Gottlieb Schober. Later a congregation was established and out of this grew what is believed to be the first Sunday School in North Carolina.

Formally organized as a Moravian congregation on Sunday, June 19, 1932, Hopewell now embarked upon building a new brick church, which was dedicated on July 4, 1937.

More construction followed World War II, with a Scout hut in 1959 and a parsonage completed in 1960 for Norman Byerly, Hopewell’s first full-time resident pastor. Hopewell’s current sanctuary and Christian education building were constructed in 1964.

On March 14, 2010, Hopewell dedicated a new Christian Life Center, a multi-purpose building, for the use and enjoyment of Hopewell members and the community.

A small group for everyone at Hopewell

  • Adult Choir
  • Advent-Hopewell Band
  • Ladies’ and Men’s Bible Class

  • Beginner’s Class

  • Childrens Sunday School

  • Jared’s HOPE
  • Hopewell Quilters

  • Hospitality Ministry
  • Graveyard Committee
  • Women’s Fellowship
  • Senior Friends
  • Adult Class
  • Missionary Class


I would like to personally invite you to come and check out our community of faith. I first experienced this congregation much as you might – as an unknown visitor taking a seat in a pew during worship. What I found was a welcoming group of followers of Jesus Christ that made sincere efforts to connect with and welcome me. That was four years before I became the pastor at Hopewell.  I continue to see that welcoming spirit at work in our people. We recognize that we are not perfect, and we don’t expect you to be, either. So please come, join with us, and let us together share in discovering and navigating both the joys and the challenges of life as a Christian in today’s world.

– Pastor Walter Bishop.


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