Our Story

New Hope was founded in October of 1972 at a drive-in theater on 82nd Street. Standing on the roof of a snack shack, founding pastor Dale Galloway shared his dream of a church committed to serving anyone and everyone.

Over the next ten years, New Hope called nearly a dozen different sites home. Whether in a rented gym, a movie theatre, at Warner Pacific University, or in its current location, a commitment to serving others has remained constant.

New Hope’s innovative approach to ministry provided countless opportunities to serve the greater Portland area and even help churches nationally. Leaders traveled from across the country to learn about New Hope’s approach to small groups, volunteerism, care ministry, and missions.

Even amidst challenges and shifts in culture, a passion for people, our community, and the gospel has been kept alive by New Hope’s many staff and leaders.

In 2015, John Rosensteel became New Hope's Lead Pastor. Building on New Hope's past, he continues to lead the church into the future with the dream of seeing New Hope thrive in its next chapter.

In 2020, that next chapter involved selling New Hope’s building of 30 years to Our Lady of LaVang Catholic Church and adopting Mt. Scott Church of God into the New Hope family. Together as one new church, New Hope is eager to live out its mission to follow Jesus and share His love in our families, our city, and our world.