New Hope Baptist
United Church of Christ
Our Pastor, the Rev. Kenneth King, warmly welcomes you to join us. Inspired by Jesus’ compassionate hospitality, where he received all and shunned none, one of New Hope’s primary goals is to welcome, embrace, and affirm persons that have felt ostracized, rejected, or mistreated.
We believe in the power of liberation; to break free from oppressive circumstances and achieve freedom and justice. Prayerfully empowering individuals and communities to make a holy difference where there is inequality and discrimination against any of God’s people is the ethos of New Hope Baptist United Church of Christ.
We are not afraid to demonstrate evangelical courage to support all who seek and need God’s grace and guidance. No matter your unique stories of faith, we are all created in the image of God. This is why we boldly express the extravagant welcoming love of Christ.
To become a great cloud of witnesses, representing every nation and tribe, by seizing this opportunity of fellowship, and standing in the boldness of God’s love, daring to have HOPE. To HOPE in God through Jesus Christ that our bright light of love and overwhelming welcome will draw all to God’s banquet table (where there is plenty of good room).
To live from a place of wholeness, recognizing that we are all God’s great deliverance of patchwork knitted together for each other’s survival.
Our core values define us, guide us, and ensure that everything we do aligns with our vision. New Hope Baptist UCC is a unique kind of church – the kind of church where God’s prophetic word remains unfiltered and is faithfully shared to give all of us direction and purpose.
1. Psalm 139:13-16
Affirm the human dignity of all of God’s children.
2. John 13:34-35
3. Matthew 28:18-20
4. Amos 5:24
5. Psalm 150
Transformative praise and worship
Our Story – Church History
As our church was coming into being established as a recognized institution, its genesis was in the diligently attended twelve-member bible studies held weekly by the Reverend Kenneth H. King in his warm-hearted Washington, DC home. Having heeded the call of God to cultivate an inviting, inclusive and interactive ministry, Pastor King founded New Hope Baptist United Church of Christ in September 2012.
Quickly advancing with God’s grace, by October 2012, New Hope had become a part of several joint services with Oaklands Presbyterian Church in Laurel, MD after signing a lease agreement–a church that continues to be a connected and important part of our past and present ministry. During this first year, we ordained our first and current Diaconate Chair, Ron Akins, along with several other deacons. By November 18, 2012, New Hope Baptist United Church of Christ opened its doors.
After relocating to Washington, DC in May 2015 at the First Trinity Lutheran Church on 4th Street, NW, we appointed our current Minister of Music, Maurice Mayo and selected our second and current Trustee Chair, Angelina Clark. After five wonderful years of worshiping at First Trinity, Pastor King and the Rev. Graylan Hagler (Senior Pastor of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ) discussed moving New Hope to available space at Plymouth. By January 2019, the New Hope congregation unanimously voted to relocate to Plymouth Congregational UCC, where we continue to worship. Pastor King is currently a part of Plymouth’s Ministerial Team in addition to his pastoral responsibilities at New Hope, and both the New Hope and Plymouth congregations celebrate and embrace each other. We cherish Sunday June 7, 2019, as this was New Hope’s first service in the Chapel of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ.
The continued evolution of New Hope Baptist United Church of Christ deeply involves our people, whose unwavering united commitment to wholeheartedly sharing God’s word, and demonstrating his love in action gives true meaning to our name.
The Reverend, Kenneth H. King
The Reverend, Kenneth H. King
Ordained at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in 2005, Senior Pastor Kenneth H. King first joined Covenant Baptist UCC in the late 1980s, serving as the youth minister. Under the leadership of Pastors Dennis W. and Christine Y. Wiley, he served as the Senior Associate Minister, and in 1994, Covenant licensed the Rev. King to preach the Gospel. After being licensed, the Rev. King was appointed to serve as the Minister of Worship and Intercession at Covenant, a position that he held until he became New Hope Baptist United Church of Christ’s Senior Pastor and one of the founding members. He was responsible for participating in the planning of various worship experiences that recognized the liturgical seasons of the church and served on the music ministry leadership.
In addition to a Bachelor of Science from Virginia State University and a Master of Arts from Wesley Theological Seminary, Rev. King also holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Howard University. He was the Graduate School’s President while attending Howard University, and participated in groups that addressed social justice issues. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Religious Coalition for the Displaced People, and was a part of the National Association of Black Social Workers.
God has graced Rev. King with many gifts and talents. More than 10 years ago, he birthed Covenant’s first prayer and praise team. After leading the prayer and praise team, Rev King transitioned into the role of Worship leader for Covenant Baptist UCC. He was also an instructor and taught weekly during the Hour of Power at Covenant (a time that was set aside for biblical study on Sunday mornings). Under his leadership, the class increased in size from 5 members to an average class attendance of 35.
In December of 2010, Rev. King – received the privilege of call and ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ, where he desires to carry forth the tradition of diversity, inclusion and radical welcoming, supported by the UCC church.
The Rev. King is the son of Samuel Henry King, who resides in Hopewell, Virginia and Helen Marie King Trotter, who resides in Petersburg, VA. He has five brothers and one sister, all of whom reside in Virginia. As a commissioned missionary, preacher, accomplished vocalist and child of God, Rev. King is excited about what God is doing in his life. In Prince George’s County, at New Hope Baptist UCC, a church called to be a place where everyone is accepted at the great banquet table, he is excited about the chance to engage with people as their pastor.
Our ministerial team furthers our church’s mission with proactive, supportive plans to foster spiritual growth, grow vocations to ministry and work to connect the church with its members and the wider community through volunteerism and community organization.
Dr. D. Amina B. Butts
Dr. Willie B. Allen
Joseph (Joe) Williams
Angelina Clark, Chair of the Trustee Board
Rick Brown, Trustee & Music Coordinator
James (Jimmy) Turner
Frank (Tim) Smith