about us

About us

our purpose

To know, to show, and to tell others of Jesus and to build a mature expression of the body of Christ where God is worshiped in spirit and truth.

(Matthew 22:37-39, Acts 2:42)

our mission

To bring people to Jesus and to develop them to Christ like maturity, and equip them for their ministry in the church and life mission in the world, in order to magnify God's name.

(Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8)

our leadership:
Jon Kangas

Lead Pastor

Phil Knapp


Charlie Sannes


our history:
our beliefs:

Our church is founded on this verse: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8 (NIV)

Hope Fellowship began their first service on August 2, 1998 in a high school auditorium. On November 3, 2003 
Hope moved into the building on Sharon Avenue. We are still currently growing at this location.

These have been written to help you understand what the core beliefs of Hope Fellowship are and what we believe about important Biblical topics. There is a more detailed version available with scriptural references here.

THE BIBLE We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as being verbally inspired by God and inerrant and infallible, and that they are of supreme and final authority.


THE TRINITY We believe in one God eternally existing in one essence, yet three co equal persons, the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


GOD THE FATHER We believe the heavenly Father is the creator of all that exists, whether of matter or spirit. With the Son and the Holy Spirit, He made man, male and female in His own image. He is the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption. By intention He relates to people as Father, thereby forever declaring His goodwill toward them. In love, He both seeks and receives penitent sinners.


GOD THE SON We believe that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, is the Christ, the Savior of the world, through whom people are saved. Jesus was begotten by God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born to the virgin Mary.


GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the life of the believer, and He empowers the preaching and teaching of the gospel.


MANKIND We believe that mankind was created in the image of God. Through Adam’s sin, mankind incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God, and became subject to the wrath of God. Thus, all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and are inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing, or doing, that which is acceptable to God, apart from divine grace.


ATONEMENT We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins per the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood. 


RESURRECTION, ASCENSION, EXALTATION We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into Heaven and His present life there as High Priest and Advocate for us.

ESCHATOLOGY We believe in the blessed hope, the personal, visible and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the restoration of creation. No one knows when Jesus Christ will return, but His promise is sure. Accordingly we seek to live a patient lifestyle.


SALVATION We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again by the Holy Spirit, and thereby become children of God and heirs of eternal life.


HEAVEN AND HELL We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in hell, and the fellowship of the saved in heaven.


SATAN We believe in the existence of Satan, who is still working in the world to destroy the souls of men. He, and all his fallen angels, and all who receive not Christ as their Lord and Savior, will eternally perish in the lake of fire, hell.


CHURCH We believe in the Church, whose purpose is to glorify God; all its endeavors being guided by multiple leadership and supported by the wise stewardship of God's people.


ORDINANCES We believe that the ordinances of the Church given by our Lord, are Baptism and the Lord's Supper (Communion).

CREDITS & REFERENCES Hope Fellowship would like to credit the following references used to assist with the formatting and structure of our Statement of Beliefs. In no way have these references endorsed, or encouraged the use of their content. Hope Fellowship simply acknowledges the effectiveness of the structure these references have employed, and chose to follow a similar format.

- Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, OH - Fresh Wind Christian Community, Interlochen, MI - International House of Prayer, Kansas City, MO - Love Worth Finding, Memphis, TN - Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA