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… To lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
create a church where people live with a renewed sense of hope and
expectation and recognize that with God all things are possible.
There are always new ways of doing church. We will experiment with
everything and won’t fear change or challenging the status quo.2. We have a Kingdom-mindset where we embrace all cultures and generations.3. Our vision is written in ink, but everything else is penciled in4. We will strive to be a Five-Star Church.5. We will always serve the poor and less fortunate, and support local and global missions.
In the late 1940's, a small and committed group of faithful believers gathered together in the city of San Bernardino to found, what was known then, as White Rose Church. Led by the church's founder and chief visionary, Lee Leslie Carter, these faithful believers, strengthened by prayer, worked with their bare hands, sweat and tears to build the church's first location. During Pastor Carter's tenure, the church would experience strong membership growth and impact the community in a myriad of ways.
Upon his retirement in the late 1970's, Pastor Carter would pass the pastoral mantle to Hardy Johnson, Sr., one of the ministers on Pastor Carter's staff. Under Pastor Hardy Johnson's leadership, the ministry of the church would continue to expand, with new families joining the church and new ministries developed. With his innate charisma, charm, character, and commitment to community service, Pastor Hardy Johnson became one of most well-known pastors in the San Bernardino area and received many accolades for his community initiatives and involvement.
After almost twenty years as senior pastor, Pastor Hardy Johnson welcomed his son Steven D. Johnson Sr. to become the church's next senior pastor in 1993. For the next twenty years, Pastor Steven D. Johnson Sr. relied upon his extensive managerial and theological training to help lead the church towards new growth and development. Several programs began under his leadership, including the establishment of a youth center and an after-school program. During his tenure, the church would also retire its debt obligation and ceremonially burn the mortgage.
In July of 2013, Pastor Steven D. Johnson II was called to be the church's fourth pastor. A graduate of More house College, Duke University and the University of Redlands, Pastor Steven D. Johnson II brings a unique and dynamic amalgamation of leadership skills, business acumen and theological training. He has been charged with leading the church in the 21st century to higher heights in order to make maximum impact on local communities for the glory of God.
the House of Hope Church continues the church's core evangelical
mission of leading people to Christ while serving and strengthening our
local communities. The church is multi-cultural and multi-generational
and believes that the authentic church of Jesus Christ should be a place
of faith, hope, love, fellowship, reconciliation, outreach and
We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, written by holy men of old
and has been given to offer guidance, teaching, wisdom, precepts,
revelations and a faith system in order for us to live our lives on
earth pleasing and acceptable to our God.
We believe in an eternal triune God who created the universe and who is manifested
in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that God revealed himself in his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who
is both divine and human in nature, and suffered, died, and rose from
the cross to cleanse our sins and offer salvation to all who believe in
Him. 1 Corinthians 15:3
In accordance with Acts 1: 8, we believe in the Sanctifying power of the Spirit, the third person of the
Trinity, which has been bestowed upon God’s creation to empower
believers for God’s purposes throughout the world. The Spirit nurtures,
develops, teaches and rebukes God’s children in order to perfect them
into righteousness. John 14:26
We affirm that man has been created in the image of God and was originally
designed to be like God in word, thought, and deed. Due to Adam’s
disobedience in the Garden of Eden, man became perverted in nature and
was consequently disjointed from the will and work of God. Because of
His unending grace, God sent Jesus Christ into the world to serve as a
mediator of a new covenant – to reconcile man back to God. Hence, we
affirm that justification is available to those who believe in Jesus
We affirm that faith in Jesus Christ is the first step of any relationship with
God. We believe that we are justified by faith in Jesus Christ alone,
and that faith is a necessary first-step towards performing good works
for the Kingdom of God. John 3:16
We believe in the sacrament of baptism. We believe, according to Scripture, that
every believer must be born again through baptism. We encourage each
person in the body of Christ to be baptized.
We believe that Jesus commanded that we “remember him” through the intake of bread
and wine. The Bible says that after Jesus took the bread and the cup in
his hands, he commanded his disciples to “do this in remembrance of
We believe that Heaven is God’s holy sanctuary where God and Jesus, angels and
elected saints currently reside. We believe, according to Jesus’
teachings, that heaven is a reward given to those who live righteously
before God while on earth.
as attested to in scripture, that hell is real, and that those who are
not saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, will spend eternity in hell upon
their death. Furthermore, we also believe that hell is wherever God is
not, thus, some forms of behavior on earth are precursors to hell.
We believe that Christ has ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God,
and will return at an appointed time to judge the living and the dead,
and to usher the righteous into Heaven.