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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

What is God’s Will for You in Christ Jesus?

1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 (ESV) 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

The Responsibilities of Church Members and Elders

1 Thessalonians 5:12-14 Final Instructions and Benediction 12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 

The Suddenness of the Second Coming

Now concerning wthe times and the seasons, brothers,1 xyou have no need to haveanything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that ythe day of theLord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace andsecurity,” then zsudden destruction will come upon them aas labor pains come upon apregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you bare not in darkness, brothers, forthat day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all cchildren2 of light, children of theday. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then dlet us not sleep, as others do, butlet us ekeep awake and fbe sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who getdrunk, gare drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, hhaving put onthe breastplate of ifaith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has notdestined us for jwrath, but kto obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 lwhodied for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Thereforeencourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

The Hope of the Resurrection and the Return of Jesus

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesusdied and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who havefallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who arealive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallenasleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and rwith the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead inChrist will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up togetherwith them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with theLord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Posts

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.
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, a son-in-law, and a grandson. 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.
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.
Youth Pastor

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.

Deacons

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.
Deacon

Stephen Lacorazza

Stephen is a deacon at Hope and also serves as the treasurer. He and his wife, Bianca and their two sons live in Melrose. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, listening to blues music, and fishing whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Deacon

Jonas Cummings

Jonas, his wife, Heather, and their four daughters have been attending HCC since 2016. Jonas joined the Deacon team in June of 2017.

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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.