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

Jesus: Ensuring the Called Receive an Eternal Inheritance

Hebrews 9:15-22 English Standard Version (ESV) Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who…

Jesus: High Priest of Good Things That Have Come

Hebrews 9:1-14  (ESV) Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly place of holiness. For a tent was prepared, the first section, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence. It is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain was a second section called the Most Holy Place, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was…

Jesus: High Priest of a Better Covenant

Hebrews 8 (ESV) Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man. For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer. Now if he were…

Jesus: A Permanent Priest Always Interceding For Us

Hebrews 7:23-28 (ESV) The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.…

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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…

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…

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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