In 1998 a group of Christians from different church backgrounds began to meet in their homes in Exmouth with a longing to see a new church established in the town — faithful to the Bible and experiencing the power and presence of the Spirit.
Partnering with Newfrontiers
Helped by The Community Church in Honiton this group began to partner with Newfrontiers to see their vision become reality. In early 1999 a church planting weekend was held in Honiton for anyone feeling called to church plant across the South West — including in Exmouth.
The King's Way Church was planted
That church planting weekend led to a team from Emmanuel Church in Brighton (then called Church of Christ the King) moving to join those already in Exmouth and The King's Way Church was planted in September 1999.
As the Millennium arrived the church was growing quickly, gathering around 70 adults and children on a Sunday. Later that year a new milestone was reached as elders were appointed and a leadership team was formed.
An unexpected crisis
Just as things were getting established, an unexpected crisis hit the church: the founding leader had to leave Exmouth due to a family crisis and the church was left without someone to lead them.
A seed of faith
Two years later the church was in crisis and a meeting was held to talk about closing down. To everyone's surprise a church member stepped forward to say they would lead the church until God provided someone else to lead.
A glorious church, bringing hope
For the next 5 years the church continued believing God for their future when in May 2008 a visiting speaker called Alun Davies prophesied over the church saying, "You are a city on a hill, not forgotten or in a backwater, but in the centre of God's purposes — a glorious church, bringing hope."
As God was encouraging the church about their future, he was also speaking to a British family living in the USA about moving to Exmouth and in December 2009 a new leader arrived.
As new leadership and new vision began to emerge the church started growing again, now gathering around 50 adults and children. Then in August 2012, responding to God's prophetic leading, the church was replanted as Hope Church and a new chapter in our story had begun.
A great future
Today by God's grace Hope Church is now home to around 80 adults and children. God has spoken to us many times about being a city on a hill — a church with significant impact in our town and beyond. We are believing him for a great future together and we'd love you to be a part of our future too!