For the past 89 years, Hope Community Church of the Nazarene has carried the HOPE of Jesus to our community through worship, discipleship, evangelism, fellowship and life-changing ministry. Emerging from a small home gathering in what was then called Oregon Township, our church was founded on October 29,1932 with 23 original members. Throughout those early years, the church held services in a rented storefront, a café and even a large tent. By 1936, the church had purchased land in East Toledo and constructed our first ministry center, the East Broadway Church of the Nazarene.
By the late 1950’s, church leaders realized that the building and grounds were not adequate to meet the needs of future generations. Following after God’s leadership, a new facility at 2350 Starr Avenue in Oregon, near the I-280 expressway, was constructed and dedicated for ministry in 1961. Only through the sacrificial giving and tireless labor of the church family was the project able to be completed. After three decades of expanding the Kingdom and making disciples, the facility was completely renovated in 1994 to increase the ability to minister to our community.
Steady growth in the size of congregation once again created a situation where God’s family outgrew the size of the “house.” Our youth were meeting in an off-site location. Ministry potential was being crimped by the limited size of the facility and grounds. God had something more for us. In the year 2000, God called our church to begin the process of relocating to our current location at 5650 Starr Avenue and to a new season of ministry as Hope Community Church of the Nazarene.
Purchasing 30 acres of property and building our current Ministry Center required much faith and sacrifice by our congregation. When we took the giant step of faith to relocate and build a new Ministry Center, we knew that we were taking on a significant, long-term financial obligation. Yet it was clear that God was calling us to follow as He led. We believe that God is now calling us to clearly identify His vision and His future for our church and to find ways to reduce our debt load. Freeing ourselves from mortgage debt will allow us to have more money to invest in life-changing ministries.
In 2012, we began seeing a vision to go back into the community of East Toledo where Hope Community Church began. We started identifying community partners and began serving the people. After learning the culture and the people we began weekly services December 1, 2013 at the East Toledo Family Center which sits across the street from our first ministry center on East Broadway.
Throughout our history, God’s call upon us has been unmistakable – to love Him and to accomplish His purposes in our world. We stand on a rich legacy of serving others and building disciples. His call to be and bring Hope to our community is as strong now, as ever. Let’s join together and answer the call!