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

Hope: A Sure & Steadfast Anchor of the Soul

Hebrews 6:13-20 (ESV) For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of…

Toward the Full Assurance of Hope

Hebrews 6:1-12 (ESV) Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have…

Easter Sunday

Luke 23:32-43 (ESV) Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying,…

How’s Your Hearing?

Hebrews 5:11-14 (ESV) About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those…

Posts

Is Jesus in Heaven or in My Heart?

23 March 2018 If Jesus is right now seated at the right hand of God (Acts 2:33), presumably “upholding the universe by the word of his power” (Heb. 1:3), then how can he possibly care about the comparatively small issues of my unimportant life?  How can the Governor of the universe possibly care that my aging parents require more and more of my time, which is already in short supply?  How does the Chief Executive of Creation have time to…

We Who Have Believed Enter His Rest

March 6, 2018 The author of Hebrews makes a breathtaking claim.  He writes, “For we who have believed enter [God’s] rest” (Heb. 4:3).  This means there is some sense in which those who have believed in Jesus for salvation presently enter into his rest.  Believers enter his rest today, but how and in what way? In the March 4 sermon, I suggested that part of the meaning of this sentence is that believers enter the rest of God, here and now, by confidently trusting…

Will I Keep the Faith Through Physical Persecution?

She came to me after the sermon with tears in her eyes. “Thank you for that message. I know that saving faith is an enduring faith, but what worries me is the fear that if I were physically persecuted for my faith in Jesus, I might deny him.” She had rightly gotten the main point of last week’s sermon. The point was that Jesus is the builder of our faith and the only kind of faith that he builds in…

Think Carefully About the Songs You Sing

There’s a fairly new worship song we have begun to sing entitled “What A Beautiful Name,” put out by Hillsong Worship.  It’s a beautiful song and evidently Christians love it.  The song has over 100 million views on YouTube.  We sang the song for about the fourth time last Sunday.  I love the song.  It praises the power of the name of Jesus.  It declares Jesus as the Word who was present at the beginning of Creation.  It proclaims the power of…

Elders

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.
Elder

Iain Whitfield

Iain has been the Community Life Pastor since 2008 and an elder since 2001. He and his wife, Liz, a professional violinist, live in Lexington. They have two grown daughters, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren. Iain enjoys road trips, biking and DIY projects.
Elder

Steve Brown

Steve has been on staff at the church since July 2017 and serves as the Family, Children and Youth 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.

Staff

Teaching Pastor

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.  
Community Life Pastor

Iain Whitfield

Iain has been the Community Life Pastor since 2008 and an elder since 2001. He and his wife, Liz, a professional violinist, live in Lexington. They have two grown daughters, a son-in-law, and a grandson. Iain enjoys road trips, biking and DIY projects.
Family, Children & Youth Pastor

Steve Brown

Steve is the Family, Children and Youth Pastor at Hope and has been serving the church since 2017. 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.
Office Administrator

Alisa Cravens

Alisa has been a member of Hope since 2008 but joined the staff as the Office Administrator in the summer of 2016. She has been blessed by being a part of Hope through the years and thoroughly enjoys serving in this way. She and her husband have three children.

Deacons

Deacon

Gavin MacBeath

Gavin and his wife Michele and their three children live in Wakefield and have been attending HCC since 2006. Gavin and Michele are the inaugural Co-chairs of the Deacon team and have been serving in this capacity since April of 2015.
Deacon

Michele MacBeath

Michele lives in Wakefield with her husband and three children. She has attended HCC since 2006 and, in addition to being a deacon team co-chair, is active in the children’s ministry.
Deacon

Tom Adams

Tom has been worshiping at Hope since 2001. He and his wife, Taeseon, live in Arlington. Tom is an engineer and has worked with Stone & Webster but is now with Westinghouse. In his spare time he enjoys skiing and fly fishing.
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.

Our mission is to glorify God by developing a community of committed disciples of Jesus Christ which has an impact for Christ locally and around the world.

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.

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