A History Of Hope
HOPE Christian Fellowship is a multi-ethnic, interdenominational community church, located in San Gabriel, in Los Angeles County. HOPE was birthed out of Sierra Madre Congregational Church in Sierra Madre a little over 15 years ago. Mayflower Congregational Church, in San Gabriel, had decided to disband and had gifted it’s building to SMCC for the purpose of planting a new church at this location. After a period of prayer and discernment, SMCC sent out Pastor Jeff Bassette, director of the international student ministry, as founding pastor of HOPE. HOPE held its first official service on Easter Sunday, 1998.
The founding core group at HOPE was composed of folks from a variety of distinct backgrounds and perspectives. Many of the members of Pastor Bassette’s international student ministry served as the core group for the church plant. This gave HOPE an international, diverse congregation. Today, there is no one ethnic group that comprises more than 30% of the congregation. In addition to the ethnic and philosophical diversity at HOPE, there was also a diversity of doctrinal perspectives and Christian traditions. Even though HOPE was founded out of a Congregational church, it did not remain within that denomination, but decided to remain non-denominational. This has allowed the leadership to differ in their perspectives on secondary matters of theology and practice, and yet still remain a unified community.
In 2010, Pastor Bassette transitioned to another ministry and David Holcomb and his family were called as Lead Pastor. Today, HOPE continues to seek to be a light in this community and a catalyst for the expansion of the Kingdom of God.
We further our mission by accomplishing these objectives:
Spiritual Formation: This is the intentional process undertaken in partnership with the Holy Spirit by which men and women are formed into the character of Christ and learn to live in abiding connection with him. Spiritual Formation transcends programs and methods, but lies at the heart of the intentions of every member of the church. This is not just an individual pursuit but something that we pursue as a community.
Kingdom Expansion: We see HOPE as a sending agency from which Christ followers go out into their everyday lives as carriers of the good news of life under the reign of God. For this we must be about sharing our faith as individuals and as a community, presenting a real life picture of what life in the kingdom of God is like.
Missional Living: Our mission to the world is to be an agent of restoration to the various forms of brokenness in people’s lives, and in society in general. So we must actively engage to meet these needs in our community and around the world. But we should not pursue these tasks in isolation from others. As members of the world-wide Church, HOPE partners with other churches and organizations around the world, in prayer, finances and service.
Community Living: When a person is born again they are born into a family, the family of God. We go from isolated individuals to brothers and sisters, daughters and sons; from not being a “people,” to being the people of God. HOPE is a physical reality of this truth, and through it people can experience the reality of community. Of course, community does not come naturally, and so this is something we have to learn practice, together.
Worship: Every week, we gather to celebrate God, what he has done and what he is doing to redeem the world. We gather to remind one another of the great story of God. In these gatherings the works of God are celebrated and remembered, the teachings of Christ are rehearsed and shared, we as the people of God express our love and devotion to God and he in turn speaks to and touches us.
Unified Diversity | Ephesians 2:14-22
At HOPE, we believe that in Christ, the dividing walls that keep people apart —race, culture, age, doctrinal traditions—can really be broken down. We believe the gospel calls us to unity within diversity. In Christ, we can worship next to people with whom we disagree. We can experience community among people with whom we have little in common, and actually value and learn from one another. Therefore, we will do the hard work of seeking unity and submitting to one another as unto Christ to follow his calling on us collectively.
Pervasive Prayer | Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Prayer is all about connection with God. Unceasing prayer is unceasing connection with God. Prayer goes beyond words. Learning to pray means learning to infuse every moment of every day with an awareness of the presence of God and seeing everything we do as prayer. It involves learning to will one thing —the will of God— so that every thought, every action, every word is in line with God’s will for that moment and that situation. It starts in the small things and moves to the big things. At HOPE, we will seek to grow personally and corporately in this kind of conversational, cooperative, intimate, ongoing fellowship with God.
Authenticity and Grace | Colossians 3:9-14; 4:6; Hebrews 10:24-25
The gospel compels us to be people of authenticity and grace in our relationships. The two go hand in hand: authenticity begs for grace, and grace invites authenticity. At HOPE we will seek to foster an environment where people can be honest and transparent with one another. We will purpose to be real in our relationships, not pretending to be something we are not, wearing a mask or hiding behind a role. We will make room for others without requiring conformity to a church culture in order to participate or be accepted. We will model God’s grace by believing the best about one another, giving each other permission to be in process and not holding other’s offenses against them.
Growing Maturity | Ephesians 4:11-16
At HOPE we are committed to a process of ongoing growth, continually seeking to become mature disciples of Jesus Christ, being increasingly conformed to his character and person. Evidence of growth is seen in the development of the fruits of the Spirit, in discovering and exercising the gifts of the Spirit and learning to walk in step with the Spirit, as we continually turn over more of who we are to God and His kingdom expansion purposes.
Global Church Orientation | Matthew 28:19-20; Philippians 4:14-19; 1 Corinthians 3:5-9
At HOPE we see ourselves as part of God’s larger, worldwide family. We have a unique part to play in the expansion of God’s kingdom, but it’s not all about us and what is happening here. We recognize we are just a small part of what God is doing in the world, and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ near and far. We will seek to come alongside, support and partner with other members of God’s family in expanding his kingdom both locally and globally.
Everyday Living | John 17:14-18; Colossians 3:17
At HOPE we believe in the strategic importance of everyday living. The kingdom of God is lived out in our everyday lives. It is in our homes, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, our schools and our daily routines that we embody the good news of God’s kingdom. The ministries of HOPE exist for the purpose of facilitating, strengthening and equipping us to live out the reality of the kingdom of God in our day to day context.
Meet The Team
Meet The Board
I am a native of Southern California–born and raised in Los Angeles. After graduating from Roosevelt High School, I studied business at Cal-State University Los Angeles. I have been privileged to work at the same financial institution for over 30 years and am currently in their IT department. I trusted Christ as Lord and Savior in 1992. My wife and daughter started attending HOPE in 2003. While at HOPE, I co-led a HOPE Group with my wife Sylvia, been part of the Finance Team, and currently serve on the worship media support team. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, surfing the web and watching movies.
Marilyn and her husband, Jerry, are “old timers” at HOPE, having been part of the team that started the church in the mid-1990”s. Over the years, they’ve served as HOPE group leaders, on the worship team, on the global missions team and as one of HOPE’s global mission workers, facilitating church planting partnerships in south Asia. They have two adult children, Daniel and Becca. Besides spending time with family, church family and friends, Marilyn loves morning walks and water aerobics classes, being creative in the kitchen, attempting to garden, reading and retreating to mountains.
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I’ve been a member of hope Christian Fellowship for about sixteen years. My husband and I had our wedding at Hope back in 2000. We have three beautiful children, Angelo, Isabella and Evangelina. We have had our wedding, our baptisms and our three children’s dedications all right here at Hope. Hope is our church family. I enjoy women’s bible study and coffee talk with girlfriends a whole lot. Spending time with my family and friends is my best enjoyment. I love date nights with my husband and get a kick of watching my children play sports.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Throughout my life, whether my growing up years in San Diego, my college years at Occidental in Los Angeles, or post college career and ministry in the LA area, I have most powerfully experienced Jesus’ transforming, healing, love serving and receiving through communities of faith. Not surprisingly , this has rung true for the past six years at HOPE as I have encountered his grace and truth through weekly HOPE groups, caring mentors, teaching Sunday School, leading teams to Mexico, praying with folks through the Wholeness Ministry, and many other opportunities to serve and receive. As a board member, I look forward to continuing to be a part of God molding us more and more into a people caught up in the passions of our King. Beyond my investments at HOPE, I educate middle and high school students with special needs, love to travel, hike, tent camp, eat out, watch movies, read, keep up with the news, and am always up for a board game.
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I hail originally from Portland, OR, (Rip City) but was formally educated at Colorado State University. I moved to Southern Cal immediately after graduating in 1999 to take a position at the LA County Department of Public Works. My best friend, Rama (a fellow civil engineer), and I met as cubicle neighbors. We have been married since August 2004. We started coming to Hope in 2007 with our newborn son, Raja, soon after we purchased our first home in the neighborhood. Our daughter Nalini, came along 2 years later. We enjoy hiking together as a family, and cruising on our tandem bicycle. My parents instilled a deep love of music in me as a kid (even though there were definitely times I really became tired of practicing all that classical stuff). However, thoroughly enjoy the opportunities at HOPE to use music to lead us into worship of the Lord. Rama and I also lead a HOPE Group (shout out to my fellow Friday night peeps) at our home each week. I’ll play just about anything that involves a ball and never hesitate to jump into just about any body of water – almost any time of year. I am absolutely convinced the good news truly is the best news of all and I welcome any opportunity to share why. Oh, and ISTJ, because someone always asks.
Warm greetings. My husband, Bob, and I were invited to “check out this new church” in 1997, shortly after it was birthed. Upon “checking it out”, we found a warm community with whom we could be challenged, grow in our faith, and raise our two sons, Jeff and Matt. I have found joy and meaning being involved in the lives of others through working with the youth group, teaching Sunday school, being on the prayer team, serving on the Board and a participating in a number of summer mission trips. Outside of HOPE, I serve on the Board of Directors for Avenues Pregnancy Centers and attend to patients as a nurse practitioner. My hobbies include: messing with my college-aged sons, worshiping our Creator as I spend time outdoors cycling, skiing, walking our dog, traveling, and spending time with people of all ages.