Our Story

How it all started...

New Hope Evangelical Church is a member of the Evangelical Church, a small denomination with a rich history. The Evangelical Church was born two hundred years ago, originally ministering among the ethnic German people in Pennsylvania.  

Jacob Albright, the son of German immigrants, became a Christian in 1790. He spoke English fairly well and went to the Methodist meetings in the area. By 1796 his burden for the German-speaking people of Central Pennsylvania led him to start preaching,  He organized his converts into small groups for Bible study, encouragement and accountability, passing away after just twelve year of ministry, but Albright's followers carried on his work.  In 1946 the Evangelical Church merged with the United Brethren in Christ to form the Evangelical Untied Brethren.  The United Brethren were a similar denomination with a German background and of similar size.

In 1968 the Evangelical United Brethren merged with the Methodist Church to form the United Methodist Church.  A small group of Evangelical United Brethren churches did not want to enter into this merger and re-formed the Evangelical Church on June 4th, 1968.  The Evangelical Church today has congregations in six conference across the United States, as well as missionary efforts in Bolivia, Brazil, and Thailand.

New Hope has a history of ministering in Moville, Iowa since 1970.  At the time Rev. Vernon Aarnes, pastor of the South Sioux City Evangelical Church, now Crossroads Evangelical Church, made contact with the former members of the Moville Evangelical United Brethren church.   The first service as Moville congregation met in homes for the first few weeks then met in the Legion Hall.  In April of 1971 the building on the corner of 5th and Main was purchased and expanded in 1978.  On Palm Sunday 2012 Moville Evangelical Church changed its name to New Hope under the leadership of Pastor Edgardo A. Rodriguez.  

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