What We Believe

About Us

We’re a family of churches created to Love God, Love People, and Serve the World. We are ONE Church, with 3 locations, offering Sunday morning services.


New Hope Community Church exists to help people find hope. We believe our church has been created to help teach people how to Love God, Love People and Serve the World. At NHCC you will hear relevant biblical teaching that will help you grow in your walk with the Lord. You’ll experience God’s love at NHCC and learn how to share that love with others. We’re a family at New Hope and we’d love for you to join us for our Sunday morning service.

Sunday Morning Services
@ Aptos
Our Beliefs

WE BELIEVE…The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.

WE BELIEVE…There is only One True God–revealed in three persons…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).

WE BELIEVE…In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God’s son Jesus was both human and divine.

WE BELIEVE…though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sin–ushering in evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.

WE BELIEVE…Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through ‘Salvation’ (trusting Christ, through faith and repentance, to be our personal Savior).

WE BELIEVE…All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to the command of Jesus Christ.

We are an Assemblies of God Church and we adhere to the 16 Fundamental Truths of The Assemblies of God. These tenants of faith are based on the truths found in God’s Word, The Bible. Click here to read the full 16 Fundamental Truths.
Our History

New Hope Community Church, Aptos

Aptos Assembly of God, now known as New Hope Community Church, Aptos, has a rich history within Aptos and the greater Santa Cruz and Watsonville areas. It all began in 1950 as a Bible Study in Valencia Hall, a one-room country schoolhouse and former post office, located at Valencia Road and Bean Hill Road. As attendance at the Bible Study grew, the group decided to form a church.

In 1954, Aptos Assembly of God was formed, and Rev. Warren Pine was selected as the first pastor (1954-1968). Eventually, the church moved into another old schoolhouse located at 7970 Soquel Drive. The church continued to meet at this location until 1978.

Shortly after Rev. Tim Zemanek Jr. was elected pastor (1975-1979), the church began looking for a new location to support its recent growth and vision. The church decided to purchase a ranch located at 7200 Freedom Boulevard in Aptos, across from the high school. The ground breaking for the new church building occurred in 1976, and by 1978, the first phase of construction was complete. In that year the church started meeting in the Fellowship Hall, the first part of the building that was completed. The church’s construction was finished in 1979, and by this time, the church had roughly 150 people gathering, worshipping, and serving together.

While Rev. Stan Steward was pastor from 1979 to 1988, the church continued to grow, reaching an average attendance of 225. It also started one of the ministries the community would remember to this day: a preschool.  In 1982, the church opened the preschool that at its peak cared for over 50 children on any given day. The preschool continued to operate for nearly 30 years. Near the end of Rev. Steward’s tenure, in 1985, the sanctuary was extended to make room for everyone who now made Aptos Assembly their church home.

In 1989, the church started a food pantry under the leadership of Rev. David Colbert (1988-1992). The food pantry is still in operation today and collaborates with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide fresh produce to over 40 families twice a month.

The church changed its name to Aptos Christian Fellowship in 1997, under the leadership of Dr. Jimmie Brewer, who server as pastor from 1995 to 2007.

Starting in 2010, the church started an annual event called the Freedom Roads Music Fest under the leadership of Rev. Marshall Morse (2009-2014), which brought together visual and performing artists from throughout the community. This event continued in this form until 2013. Later, in 2015, the church changed its name to Freedom Roads of the Assemblies of God and Freedom Roads Music Center under the leadership of Rev. Art Gorman (2014-2017).

At the beginning of 2017, the church partnered with New Hope Community Church in Gilroy, California, under the leadership of Rev. Malcolm MacPhail. In this partnership, the churches operate as one church in multiple locations: Gilroy, Aptos, and Santa Cruz. The church now goes by the name New Hope Community Church, Aptos, representing this partnership.

We are excited to be a part of what God is doing and His vision for the communities of Aptos, Rio Del Mar, Corralitos, and beyond. We believe our communities are made healthy and whole as we love God, love people, and serve the world.