A Church Where Jesus Christ Is Truly Magnified!

Our Church History


New Hope 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's 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 Baptist Church. As the membership began growing, New Hope moved to its present location in Seaside at 1304 Sonoma Avenue in January 1960.

Many members have contributed to the long and glorious history of New Hope Baptist Church. It is with gratitude that 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; and, President of the Usher Board and the Deaconess Board: Sister Louise Swann.

Here are just a few highlights of the memorable things that happened during the past 58 years.

January 1968, Sister Charlene Erving and Brother Charles Folsom founded and named the Youth Inspirational Choir.

In 1980, we purchased four parcels of land adjacent to the Church building; the sanctuary was enlarged and remodeled; the Church parking lots were enlarged and repaved; and, the Church’s first cornerstone was laid.

In 1981, the Church purchased its first 15-passenger van.

In 1992, the Church purchased a fifth parcel of land adjacent to our present location and the construction of the J. W. Paige Educational Building began. Pastor Benjamin C. Franklin served as construction supervisor for the entire project.  The building was completed in 1994, consisting of a large social hall, Pastor’s office, two classrooms, a computer room, three bathrooms and three storage rooms.

In 1994, the J. W. Paige Educational Building was dedicated and The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of F & AM Mason of the State of California and Hawaii laid a second cornerstone, under the leadership of the Grand Master, Harold Mure.

In 1977, Deaconess Lenora Bean founded the J.W. Paige Scholarship to aide students in furthering their education.

In March 1994, the Food Pantry was organized by the W.M.U. Department.

In 1996, Brother Joseph and Sister Mary Sampson donated and installed sound equipment.

In 1997, the Brotherhood purchased material for a new "Order of Service” sign that was constructed by Deacon Otis Martin.

In 1998, a new 25-passenger bus was purchased under a special program headed by Deacon Arthur Nickerson.  The bus was paid off by Pastor Benjamin C. Franklin in January 2000.

In 1999, the Church parking lots were resurfaced and the Clothing Ministry began.

In 2005 under the direction of Deaconess A. Dean Martin, the Church kitchen was remodeled.

The Trustees, Deacons, Deaconesses, Department Heads, and Auxiliary Chairpersons labor at New Hope each year to serve and assist members and their families. Soul winning is the first and foremost mission of the Church. We are mindful of our responsibility to the children, youth, and new converts who are added to our congregation.

In our 59 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 November 5, 2000); and, Pastor ML Carter (from November 6, 2000 to the present).

We, the officers and members of New Hope Baptist Church, are blessed to have had Reverend Benjamin C. Franklin to shepherd us and demonstrate what Christian love is all about for 24 years. In January 2000, the church unanimously voted and agreed that Reverend Benjamin C. Franklin would be Pastor Emeritus of New Hope Baptist Church. On October 10, 2016, Pastor Emeritus Franklin went home to be with the Lord.  We extend our gratitude and prayers to his family.

We are truly blessed that God has called Reverend ML Carter as our current Pastor. Under his leadership:

The membership continues to grow as evidenced by the tremendous increase in attendance on Sundays and our Wednesday night Prayer Service and Bible Study, and Sunday School;

Thursday night Youth Fellowship continues to thrive under the directorship of Sis. Charlene English, Deaconess Antonia Parker and Deacon Roderick Parker.  Our youth are active in the community and are scholars excelling in academics as well as athletics, the arts, and music;

In May 2009, the Lord blessed our Church family to pay off the Church mortgage, by the coordination of our "Sacrifice With A Vision" pledge drive ministry, chaired by Deaconess A. Dean Martin and committee members Deaconess Johnnie Smith, Sisters Ruthie Watts and Anita Sterling and Brother Ron Johnson;

In 2010, New Hope’s Sunday school teachers were invited to join with Children's Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), whereby they entered the public school system and taught the Word of God.  In January 2011, Pastor ML Carter, Deaconess Yolanda Thompson, Deacon Bobby Thompson, Sister Mary Dandridge, and Sister Shiron Andrews entered Seaside Elementary School and taught the Gospel. In March 2012, Sister Charlene Lee was placed in the Spreckels Elementary School to teach the Gospel;

Several Associate Ministers have been licensed and/or ordained to preach the Gospel, including 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.

Pastor Carter has continued the legacy begun by Pastor Paige, and continued by Pastor Franklin, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ; in season and out of season, to maintain the integrity of this ministry's focus, which is winning souls for Jesus Christ. To God be the Glory for the things He has done.

A Church Where jesus Christ Is Truly Magnified!

Our Church Covenant


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 in Christ.

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 acquaintance; 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 infirmities 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.

What We Believe



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


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


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


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


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


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