First Time

We are glad you are here! Come to our Sunday 9am "Hour of Power" Service.
Sunday School starts at 10am and Morning Worship Service starts at 11am.
We have Bible Study on Wednesday at 6pm.
Need a ride or have a question? (812) 425-3498 or
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
663 Dr. W.R. Brown Sr. Way
Evansville, IN 47713

Welcome To New Hope!

Dear Members and Friends,

If you are new to New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, welcome to your new church home! I am rejoicing in your decision to make New Hope your place of worship. The staff of New Hope and I would like to make your transition to membership a very rewarding and enlightening experience. We want your orientation into our church family to be as orderly as possible.

Visiting a new church can sometimes be intimidating; that's why we've created this resource so you can learn more about us. Don't hesitate to contact us!

We are looking forward to growing with you through fellowship, worship, and Christian Education. May God bless you.


Pastor Rabon L. Turner

Member Testimonials

Questions & Answers

These are some of the typical questions we often get asked.

You may become a member in one of the following ways:

*Baptism - a testimony that you have received Christ as Savior and Lord.
*Transfer of Church Membership - from another Baptist church.
*Statement of Faith in Christ - and previous baptism by immersion.

You may express your desire to become a church member by:
Scheduling an appointment to meet with our Pastor.
Coming forward during the invitation and sharing your decision with a minister.
The Pastor would love to meet you!

If you would like to visit with the Pastor, please call the church office to set up a time for a personal visit or phone call.

The church office is available Monday - Friday from 9AM - 12PM and 1PM to 4PM at (812) 425-3498.
Children's Church is held downstairs in the church.
It's an experience you have to be a part of. Come see and join in.
Yes, please call the church at 425-3498.
No matter what your personal style, you'll be comfortable at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. If you prefer dressy, business, or casual attire, chances are there will be others dressed much like you no matter when you visit.

Sure, Sunday mornings are a time when many prefer to dress up a bit, but even if jeans are more your style, you'll be right at home with us. Naturally, Wednesdays are slightly more casual than Sunday morning, but dress up for these if you prefer.

Preschoolers and children learn while they play. We encourage hands on play so that children are learning through all their senses. Painting and other messy activities are also encouraged, so use your own judgment about how dressed up your child is while at church.

Our Middle and High School students usually dress casually on Sunday and Wednesday evenings because games and sporting events are often held outside and sometimes involve getting messy.
Street parking is available and in the parking lot in the rear of the church.

Handicap accessible parking is located in the rear of the church.

A wheelchair accessible ramp is available on the side of the building.

Our History

Oral history tells us that freed slaves living in Kentucky traveled across the Ohio River to Indiana to worship as a band of Christian believers. This was thought to have been the genesis for what is now New Hope Baptist Church.

After enduring these tiresome travel conditions for some time, this small band of believers decided to settle on the Indiana side of the river. It is believed that as early as 1870, property was purchased in the High Street area for a potential house of worship. Available history also tells us that this band led by Rev. Elijah Torrance organized as a body in 1879 and began to fellowship in this area of town.

Little is known of the building but more than likely it was a regular home. Like the wandering Israelites, this band of Christians began the journey that would eventually lead to the present location at 663 Dr. W. R. Brown Sr. Way. From High Street the group moved to Walnut Street in 1901 and yet unnamed - just a group of believers praising and worshipping God. They moved from Walnut Street to Bell Street (Bellemeade) and the name Bell Street Baptist Church was chosen, no fine sanctuary just a simple shotgun house. Their numbers stood at fourteen (14) members. Rev. Torrance moved to California and an interim lay leader Bro. Townsend was chosen.

Rev. Frank Long was called to the pastorate of Belle Street Baptist Church. The church was erected in 1912 and rebuilt in 1924. Rev. Long remained as pastor until his death in 1926. The church then called Rev. Jeff Dixon and the next Pastor was Rev. Alexander Cantrell.

Rev. George L. Cooksey became the Pastor of the Little Hope Baptist Church in 1934 and served for seventeen years. Rev. Cooksey retired in 1951 due to ill health.

Rev. Walter Rodgers Brown, Sr. was called to pastor in 1953. Due to the foresight of Deacon Rash Ferguson who realized that the name was an important part of who we were that Little Hope was then changed to New Hope and a dynamic era began.

In 1956 Rev. Brown presented to the congregation a plan for erecting a new $100,000.00 sanctuary. Finally on March 14, 1960, the New Hope congregation marched into a "new home built to the glory of God". Reverend Brown retired after 50 years of service.

After 50 years of faithful leadership the New Hope Baptist Church was in search of another pastor. The Lord led the church to call Rev. Rabon L. Turner, Sr. as the 7th Pastor of this historic church. He accepted the call formally on the second Sunday in October in 2004. Under his leadership the membership expanded to where there are now two worship services on Sunday.

Pastor Turner has been given a vision for our church and over the past 11 years he has led us in achieving many of the milestones the church set out to accomplish.