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Welcome to Hope Christian Church

We reach up to God by worshipping Jesus and continuing in prayer; reach in to each other through biblical teaching and authentic community; reach out
to the world by sharing the gospel and serving in compassionate love.

Location Details

58 Mt. Vernon Street Winchester MA 01890

Latest Sermons

Baptism: Confession, Command, & Communion

Matthew 3 John the Baptist Prepares the Way [1] In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, [2] “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” [3] For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, [7] But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to…

The Power of a Lie

Acts 5:1-11 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him. After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And he said, “Yes, for so much.” But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.

Unshakable Faith in God’s Predestined Plan

Acts 4:24–31 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and these a and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, “‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’— for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

Praying Together for Boldness

Acts 4:23-31 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chiefpriests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and thesea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant,said by the Holy Spirit, “‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? 26  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’— 27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined totake place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants tocontinue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand toheal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servantJesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together wasshaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word ofGod with boldness.

Posts

Bible Reading Plans

In the Bible’s most extended mediation on the benefits of reading and meditating on God’s word, Psalm 119, the psalmist writes, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (v.18). The assumption is that there are wonderful things to be seen in God’s word. Thus, if wonders are to be seen and beheld, then one be in God’s word. There’s no better way to be in God’s word than having a plan to do so.…

Peace is Not Found in Princes or Presidents

The calls and texts over the past few days, have stirred my heart.  Election stress. Vote counting chaos. It appears that for many there is a tsunami of despair about to sweep us away.  Are we really approaching “the end of democracy,” as so many national headlines proclaim?  If one fills one’s mind with cable news, one will certainly be unable to sleep at night.  I invite you to fill your heart and mind with the eternal words of God…

Is There Hope for the Future?

As I watch the world, sometimes I wonder if it will survive.  The stress points of society seem to continue to increase.  The virus was stressful enough by itself.  Then came the financial fallout as a result.  These were uncharted waters; a global pandemic and a recession worse than 1929.  Then the little boat of our country was pummeled by hurricane Racism.  We reeled in its terrible winds.  It seems to me that one more national crisis will be the…

Drive-in Resurrection Morning Service

We have sought and been granted permission from the Town of Winchester and Winchester Police Department to host a Resurrection morning worship service outside in the parking lot of Hope Church.  Why would we seek to do such a thing given the current COVID-19 moment in which we live?   First, because Resurrection Sunday is the holiest and happiest day on the Christian calendar.  It is right to worship together every Lord’s Day, however, Resurrection Sunday is the highest Sunday of…

Elders

Teaching Pastor, Elder

Todd Cravens

Todd is the Teaching Pastor and an elder at Hope and has been serving the church since 2008. He and his wife, Alisa, and their three children live in Woburn. In his spare time, Todd enjoys running, reading, and photography.
Family and Community Life Pastor, Elder

Steve Brown

Steve has been on staff at the church since July 2017.  He serves as the Family and Community Life Pastor. He has served as an elder since April 2018. He and his wife Merri and their two children live in Stoneham. In his spare time Steve enjoys hiking, trips to the coast, and watching Red Sox baseball.
Elder

David Gonzales

David Gonzales has served as an Elder since February 2015 and has been a member since 2009. David is actively involved in Men’s Ministry and small group leadership. He is currently working as an engineer for GE.
Elder

Iain Whitfield

Iain served as Community Life Pastor from 2008 to 2020 and also serves as an elder. He and his wife, Liz, a professional violinist, live in Lexington. They have two grown daughters, both married, and two grandchildren. Iain enjoys road trips, biking and DIY projects.

Staff

Teaching Pastor, Elder

Todd Cravens

Todd is the Teaching Pastor and an elder at Hope and has been serving the church since 2008. He and his wife, Alisa, and their three children live in Woburn. In his spare time, Todd enjoys running, reading, and photography.
Family and Community Life Pastor, Elder

Steve Brown

Steve has been on staff at the church since July 2017.  He serves as the Family and Community Life Pastor. He has served as an elder since April 2018. He and his wife Merri and their two children live in Stoneham. In his spare time Steve enjoys hiking, trips to the coast, and watching Red Sox baseball.
Youth Pastor, Deacon

Anthony Colarusso

Anthony is a deacon at Hope and in June of 2020 joined the staff as Youth Pastor.  He has been attending Hope since 2015 and is a lifelong resident of Stoneham. He formerly was an accountant and in his spare time enjoys playing sports.
Young Adult Intern

Tim Graybill

Tim is the Young Adult Ministry Intern. He began attending Hope in 2018 after moving to the area to attend Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, where he currently is a student. He was recently married to his wife, Sarah, and when he is not studying he enjoys playing sports and being outside.

Deacons

Youth Pastor, Deacon

Anthony Colarusso

Anthony is a deacon at Hope and in June of 2020 joined the staff as Youth Pastor.  He has been attending Hope since 2015 and is a lifelong resident of Stoneham. He formerly was an accountant and in his spare time enjoys playing sports.
Deacon

David Yi

David has been attending Hope since 2013. He and his wife, Sharlene and their three children live in Winchester. He works as an ophthalmologist in Chelmsford, and he enjoys going on medical mission trips.
Deacon

Bob O’Brien

Bob and his wife Debbie live in Winchester and have been attending Hope since 2016.    He has two adult children and twin granddaughters.  Bob is a fundraiser for Mass General Hospital and enjoys traveling, tennis, and photography.
Deacon

Debbie O’Brien

Debbie and her husband Bob live in Winchester and have been attending Hope since 2016.  They have two adult children and twin granddaughters.  Debbie works for an architectural firm in Boston and loves to paint with acrylics and watercolors and write children’s books.

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Romans 15:13

May the God of Hope Fill You With All Joy and Peace in Believing, So That by the Power of the Holy Spirit You May Abound in Hope.