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We exist to interest disinterested people in Jesus Christ, and grow together into fully-devoted followers of Him.
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In early 1996, Dale Locke learned from the Methodist Conference that he would be planting a church in South Florida. Pastor Dale was working in the Beeson Program at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY to get his doctorate in Biblical Preaching and Christian Church Leadership, and he was scheduled to travel to Seoul, South Korea. It was during that trip, on top of Prayer Mountain, that God lay the name of our new church on his heart: Community of Hope. In June 1996, he was officially appointed, so Pastor Dale and his family packed their belongings to make the trek down to Royal Palm Beach.
Dale started Community of Hope’s ministry with acts of kindness, such as handing out cold drinks on a hot day. By October 1996, he had a list of people who were interested in attending this new church that wanted to express God’s love in such practical ways. Our church grew to about 15 people during its time in the Locke family living room. But soon there just wasn’t any more room to grow and it was time to make a move, so in January 1997, our church moved to Palms West Funeral Home [lightning crashes in the background]. The funeral home let our young church use the chapel without charge, which was a huge help. Here, our church body doubled to about 30 people. And again, within about two months, our church was outgrowing the space.
At the time, the Royal Palm Beach High School was under construction, and Pastor Dale knew from God’s leading that it was the place Community of Hope needed to be. The school wasn’t ready yet, but God opened another door for us in the meantime: the Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School cafeteria.
We’re A Church!
Community of Hope was officially launched on Easter Sunday, 1997. Then on November 2, 1997, Community of Hope held its first service in the Royal Palm Beach High School auditorium. We we’re growing, but we weren’t settled in yet. On May 15, 2011, we had our first official service in our new home located on the NW corner of Okeechobee Blvd. and E Road in Loxahatchee Groves. This location and space has been such a blessing to our church and has allowed us to grow in ways Pastor Dale never thought possible.
God had yet another location in mind though, and in May 2017, our church voted to merge the former Good Shepherd UMC on Military Trail with our church.
So begins a new chapter in another area of Palm Beach County that needs hope. We are still one church - aimed at interesting disinterested people in Jesus Christ and growing into fully devoted followers of Him - but now we are in two locations.