A Brief History of Hope Church
Hope Church’s story begins in 1953, when First Presbyterian Church in Schenectady determined to start a mission church in Factory Village, NY. After several years and some land donations in Ballston Spa, Grace Community Church was born.
As the name indicates, the biblical doctrines of grace centering around the person of Jesus, have been central to our church’s history. God is continually treating His people better than they deserve. Our church’s history is no different. There has been a consistent desire to see God’s grace overflow to bless and change families in Saratoga County.
In 1970, Grace Community Church joined the Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Synod denomination (RPCES). The name was changed to Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church. In 1978, Grace Reformed merged together with Malta Community Church. They called the newly merged congregation, Hope Church. In 1983, Hope Church under the leadership of the RPCES joined the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) denomination.
God continued to grow and change Hope Church in the coming years. In 1991, some elders and members of Hope Church launched what is now Redeemer Reformed Church in Queensbury. Spa Christian School (a separate Christian organization) was formed to disciple young children and aid Christian families in the area. The building was expanded to make room for the growing school. In 1995, there was a concerted effort to plant a church in the Clifton Park area.
The early 2000’s were marked by the influence of the Sonship discipleship program. The church grew as families were growing deeper in their understanding of the grace and knowledge of Jesus. They were intentionally reaching out to the community, making Jesus known and loving young families.
The next decade began with hardship. Hope church went through a season of learning how God’s grace applies to our weaknesses, especially when life isn’t going according to our plans.
The words of Amazing Grace, “Through many dangers, toils and snares, we have already come”, sum up Hope’s history. His grace in Jesus Christ, has carried us safe thus far and His grace will continue to sustain us, God-willing, for years to come.
Come and visit us on a Sunday! You will find that Hope Church continues to love, proclaim and cherish the doctrines of grace. Jesus Christ was crucified, dead and risen for moral failures. He loves sinners. We seek then to imitate that love among us as friends, following Jesus together, growing in our understanding of the grace and knowledge of Jesus. Join us in God’s mission to make Jesus known across the street and around the world!