God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26; 3:22; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father.
Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding the spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the Supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalms 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 29:1-2; Romans 3:23
Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it.
We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
ABOUT ETERNAL LIFE
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
John 10:28-29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; I Peter 1:3-5
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; I Corinthians 2:7-9.
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church was organized February 12, 1959, in Seaside California at the home of Reverend James W. and Sister Bertha L. Paige. Charter members in attendance were Reverend Clarence Lewis McFadden, Reverend W. F. Bailey, Reverend Light, Deacon C. P. Swann, Brother Bennie L. Harris, Brother William Gulley, Brother Stellman Reid, Sister Alice Baxter Kellum, and Sister Evon Harris.
After meeting in the Paige home for several weeks, Deacon Ira Beverly (Friendship Baptist Church) and Brother Bennie L. Harris were instrumental in locating a site, at St. Helena and San Pablo Streets for the newly formed "New Hope Missionary Baptist Church." As the membership began to grow, New Hope moved to its present location at 1304 Sonoma Avenue in Seaside California in January 1960.
Many members have contributed to the long and glorious history of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. With gratitude, we acknowledge the distinguished service of Charter Members and the first Church Officers: Reverend James W. Paige; Trustees: Deacon C. P. Swann, Brother William Gulley and Brother Bennie L. Harris; Recording/Corresponding Secretary/Clerk: Sister Evon Harris; Treasurer: Sister Alice Baxter Kellum; Sunday School Superintendent: Brother William Gulley; President of the Usher Board and the Deaconess Board: Sister Louise Swann.
During our 62 years, we have had four pastors: the late Reverend J. W. Paige (retired January 12, 1975); Reverend J. P. Anderson (resigned January 1976); the late Reverend Benjamin Charles Franklin (from July 1976 to his retirement on November 5, 2000); and Pastor ML Carter (from November 6, 2000 to the present).
Here are just a few highlights of some memorable and historical events over the past 62 years.
1977-Deaconess Lenora Bean founded the J.W. Paige Scholarship program to aid students in furthering their education.
1980-The Church purchased four parcels of land adjacent to the Church building; the sanctuary was enlarged, repaved, and the first cornerstone laid.
1992-Under the leadership of Pastor Benjamin Franklin, the Church purchased the fifth parcel of land adjacent to our present location and the construction of the "J.W. Paige Educational Building" began.
1994-The construction of the "J.W. Paige Educational Building" was completed and consisted of a large social hall, Pastor’s office, two classrooms, a computer room, three bathrooms, and three storage rooms. The Church dedicated the building at that time and a second cornerstone laid.
1997- The Brotherhood purchased material for a new "Order of Service” sign that was constructed by Deacon Otis Martin.
2005-The Church remodeled the kitchen under the direction of Deaconess A. Dean Martin.
May 2009- The Lord blessed our Church family to pay off the Church mortgage by the coordination of the "Sacrifice With A Vision" Pledge Drive Ministry, chaired by Deaconess A. Dean Martin and committee members Deaconess Johnnie Smith, Sisters Ruthie Watts, Anita Sterling, and Brother Ron Johnson.
2015-The Church dedicated its Piano in memory of Sister, Grace Delaney, a faithful member and dedicated pianist of the church for over 40 years.
2019-The Church dedicated its Organ in memory of Sister, Patt Casion, a member and astonishing musician of the church for over 30 years.
Throughout the years several associate Ministers have been licensed and/or ordained under the leadership of Pastor ML Carter to preach the Gospel; Rev. Ramon Hyde, Rev. David Evans, Rev. David Walker, Rev. Armando Rios, Rev. Colin Larkin, Rev. Jimmy Welch, Rev. Daniel Kidd, Rev. Jessie Boone, and, Rev. Warren Tropet.
We are proud to have Reverend ML Carter as our Pastor. He was mentored and ordained for six years under the direction of Pastor Benjamin Franklin. There have been additions to the Church family, by Christian experience, and candidates for baptism. He has continued the legacy that started with Pastor Paige and carried out with Pastor Franklin. To "Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ" in season and out of season, to maintain the integrity of the Church ministry’s focus, which is “winning souls for Jesus Christ.” To God be the glory for the things He has done for New Hope Missionary Baptist Church!
1st Corinthians 11: 23-26
"This Do In Remembrance Of Me"
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our
Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this
assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to
strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge and holiness; to give it a place in
our affections, prayers and services above every organization of human origin; to sustain
its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as
God has prospered us, towards its expenses, for the support of a faithful and evangelical
ministry among us, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel throughout the
world. In case of difference of opinion in the church, we will strive to avoid a contentious
spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the
majority to govern.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to study diligently the word of
God; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquain-
tance; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be kind and just to those in our employ, and
faithful in the service we promise others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good
will towards all men to exemplify and commend our holy faith.
We further engage to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each other unto every
good word and work; to guard each other's reputation, not needlessly exposing the infirm-
ities of others; to participate in each other’s joys, and with tender sympathy bear one
another's burdens and sorrows; to cultivate Christian courtesy; to be slow to give or take
offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the rules of the Savior in the
eighteenth chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and through life, amid evil
report, and good report, to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of
darkness into his marvelous light.
When we remove from this place, we engage, as soon as possible, to unite with some
other church where we can carry out the spirit of his covenant and the principles of God's word.