Origin of New Hope Church

It was out of revival, which was sparked by John and Charles Wesley that the Congregational Methodist Church came into being in Georgia (now based in Mississippi) in 1852, spread westward and formed the New Hope Congregational Methodist Church of Nacogdoches, Texas which was organized on December 20, 1896 with the Rev. W. F. Carnes serving as the first pastor. The congregation's first building was erected on land donated by J.W. Stevens which lays less than a mile from where the church was formed at a syrup mill on the Sam P. Smith farm.  Since, the campus has been expanded several times through the years with the addition of adjoining tracts. all located along the historic El Camino Real (The King's Highway).  Frame structures were used for worship and the parsonage during the first half century.  The "Tabernacle", occupying an area in the vicinity of the present sanctuary, also came into use during this time. In 1946, the first brick structure for worship was erected after a storm damaged the wooden building.  During the next decade the present brick parsonage was added. Hardly more than twenty years after the first brick building was built, work began on a larger one which today houses the sanctuary, classrooms, a library and offices.  The older building (Robbins Building) has been renovated to accommodate a vibrant Children's Church program and to provide other classroom needs.  In 1985 the Multi-Ministries Building (Pete Smith Building) was added, rendering a large fellowship hall, kitchen, restrooms, gymnasium and classrooms.

CMC Congregational Methodist Church

The Congregational Methodist Church is unique in that it maintains the Wesleyan doctrine, but is congregational in government.  Each church calls it own pastor and owns its own property.  Each church has its own conferences or business meetings.  Each church is represented in its annual conference and in the General Conference by elected delegates from its membership and by its pastor.  Ministers and laymen have the same opportunities for participation in the conferences.  Local churches participate in the support of its denominational ministries, missions, and other cooperative endeavors, with tithes of the churches' income and by gifts.

It is said by some that our uniqueness as conservative Methodists in a day when liberalism is very common, sets us apart.  We have held true to the Gospel as John Wesley preached it.  We have added no doctrines, nor have we taken any away.  We preach the Christ of the Bible and to spread holiness across communities, countries, continents and cultures.