God worked in incredible ways to bring about the creation of Hope Fellowship Church in January of 2021, and we would love to share our story with you!
In 1985, several families left Trinity Bible Church to start Faith Evangelical Church in Rock Hill. Over the next several years, Faith Evangelical joined the EFCA denomination, moved to a larger campus on Springsteen Road, and eventually changed its name to Manchester Creek Community Church. The church was blessed with continued growth, and realized they would soon outgrow their facilities.
Trinity Bible Church was founded in 1945 as a mission church of Calvary Bible Presbyterian Church (now Calvary Church in Charlotte, NC). Trinity poured into the local Rock Hill community by playing an instrumental role in starting the Palmetto Women's Center, operating Trinity Christian School for over 40 years, and hosting several charter school start-ups on their campus. They partnered with missions organizations like SIM and Wycliffe Bible Translators to support missionaries all over the world.
The economic downturn of 2008 greatly impacted Trinity's ability to continue providing educational services to the community, and eventually they were forced to close Trinity Christian School. As the church struggled on, the aging congregation began looking for opportunities to revitalize their church.
Trinity approached Manchester about the possibility of the two churches coming together. After all, Trinity had a large campus with a small congregation, and Manchester had a vibrant congregation with no room for growth. Both churches loved missions and had a passion for making an impact on the Rock Hill community. In early 2020, the congregations voted independently to merge.
After 35 years, we became a united church again and changed our name to Hope Fellowship Church.
The merger of these two churches is a demonstration of unity in the body of Christ. We have been continually encouraged by what God is doing in our midst, and we trust that He will continue to work in incredible ways.