Mt. Hope Congregational Church is a member of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, located in beautiful Livonia, Michigan. We proudly proclaim the Word of Christ and celebrate His name in all we do.
Mt. Hope is well-known for its warm, welcoming atmosphere, and whether you’re single, married, or retired, when you are here you are part of our family. We enjoy socializing together through meals and activities, and host annual events such as Trunk or Treat, Chili Cookoff, Soup Sunday, and the Christmas Pageant.
Mt. Hope is located at 30330 Schoolcraft Road (between Middlebelt and Merriman) in Livonia, Michigan. We hold regular Sunday morning services (9:30am in the summer, and 10:30am during the school year) as well as Bible studies, youth groups, and Sunday Schools.
Our Vision Statement
Our mission at Mt. Hope is to love God, to love one another, and to welcome all people into our fellowship. Our purpose is to worship Jesus, the Christ, and to make disciples of all who will follow Him. We are a people of ancient faith living in a modern world, hoping to inspire faith in others through our words, our actions, our prayers and our love.
The Congregational Way
Congregational churches have a rich history, with roots stemming back to the 1500s in England. The church was born during the Puritan movement as an attempt to separate from a single massive governing body. The desire was to return to a simpler form of church organization and worship as detailed in the New Testament, where the congregation held power and had the ability to read and interpret the scriptures.
Puritan Congregationalists traveled to America and set up both Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts Bay Colony. From there, Congregational churches spread primarily through New England and the Midwest. Famous Congregationalists include John Cotton, Jonathan Edwards, and John Owen. Congregationalists helped to found Harvard University and have had a significant influence on the development of the country.
The most unique feature of the Congregational church is that we are covenantal rather than creedal. Over the centuries we have resisted the temptation to boil down the scriptures into a creed or doctrinal statement, believing that, as John Robinson said, “God hath more truth yet to break forth out of His Holy Word.” We believe that the scriptures are a living word that should not be locked into any particular time or theology, but applied to our lives today.
Congregational churches are independent of any authority other than God such that we are an association of churches rather than a denomination.
Pastor Chris is “a guy following Jesus loudly.” He has served churches in Florida, Virginia, and Illinois. He is the Executive Director and co-founder, along with his wife Christina, of Supply and Multiply, a ministry in Montrouis, Haiti. His degrees are from Liberty University, Liberty Theological Seminary, and Temple Baptist Seminary. (B.S., M.A.R., M.Div. D.Min.)
Mt. Hope Church Staff
- Administrator: Michelle Long
- Choir Director: Shari Haverty
- Keyboardist: Sharon Boylan
- Treasurer: Kathy Abela