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Pastor's Bio

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Reverend Dr. Winfred M. Hope
Biographical Sketch

Winfred M. Hope was born to the late Reverend Robert L. Hope, Sr. and the late Mrs. Zeola Hope. He is a native of Mobile, Alabama.

He received the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Fort Valley State College, Fort Valley, Georgia, and the Master of Divinity from Morehouse School of Religion of the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, and the Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California. He was awarded the Doctor of Divinity from the United Theological Seminary and Bible College in Monroe, Louisiana.

His call to the Gospel ministry afforded him many opportunities to serve. He was greatly helped and encouraged by Zion Baptist Church of Brunswick, Georgia and the Trinity Baptist Church of Fort Valley, Georgia. He pastored the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Cairo, Georgia for seven and half years. On August 16, 1979, Dr. Hope was called to serve the Ebenezer Baptist Church West in Athens, Georgia. As the visionary pastor for more than 37 years, he implemented many new ministries for children, youth, adults including Worship on Wednesday for the homeless, the Community Ministry Center to help the needy and the Foster Student/Parent Program to provide a home away from home for students attending the University of Georgia.

He has distinguished himself as a faithful pastor, known nationally and around the world as the “demonstrating” preacher and first-class motivational teacher. His audiences describe him in these words, “For others, you have to hear them speak. For Dr. Hope, you have to see him speak.”

He served as Dean of the Congress of Christian Education for the General Missionary Baptist Congress of Christian Education for 33 years. He served as lecturer for the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. At the request of President Luther Burse, he represented Fort Valley State College at the University of Georgia Bicentennial Celebration in 1985. At the Investiture of President Oscar L. Prater, Fort Valley State College, he was the Founder’s Day Convocation Speaker in 1991.

Dr. Hope’s passion and vision for mission was fulfilled in June 2014, when he and 16 members from Ebenezer Baptist Church West travelled to Kenya, Africa to engage in an ongoing partnership with the St. Carl Home of the Champions School and Orphanage in Kisii, Kenya. The mission trip to St. Carl resulted in upgrades and renovations to the existing school facilities as well as teaching, preaching, providing clothes/shoes, school supplies and food to St. Carl. Additionally, Rev. Hope and the Ebenezer West family has partnered with First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Georgia to build three Habitat for Humanity houses for local families.

He is married to Betty Smith Hope, formerly of Dublin, Georgia. She is a graduate of Fort Valley State College and is a retired Early Childhood teacher from the Clarke County School District. Rev. and Mrs. Hope are the proud parents of two lovely daughters: Helen Yvonne (Marcus, son-in-law) Kimbrough of Charlotte, North Carolina and Tracey Yvette (Ulysses, son-in-law) Haynes of Birmingham, Alabama. They are the proud grandparents of Austin and Avery Kimbrough.

Please contact the church office at 706-543-9644 or Email Church Admin for a copy of Pastor Hope's Bio and picture.