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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

I Will Pour Out My Spirit on All Flesh

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: 17  “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; 18  even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. 19  And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; 20  the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. 21  And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ Acts 2:14-21

What Does Pentecost Mean?

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians-we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” Acts 2:1-13

The Holy Spirit Spoke by the Mouth of David

In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst…

Devote Yourselves to Prayer

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the…

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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…

Theology of Work

We spend most of our waking hours working, whether in the home, at school, in our community or in the marketplace. For most people work is tough. A recent Gallup poll showed that 70% of people feel alienated at work. Most Christians live compartmentalized lives – spiritual Sundays and secular Mondays and Fridays. How can we live an integrated and fruitful life? By looking at what God says about work through his Word! The Bible talks about work from Genesis to Revelation,…

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…

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.