Introducing Hope Community Church of Racine – Poised to Make a Difference
In a challenging world, amid challenging times, there is a need for people who are emboldened by the opportunities to do good and bring hope to others. Hope Community Church is a local congregation poised to make a difference in challenging times! It is Hope’s mission to take on the challenges of our times with the loving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, backed by powerful, practical demonstrations of the love produced by that message in ways that impact the local community and beyond.
Hope was officially formed on May 27, 2015 and pursues its mission through the service of its members and key ministry partners throughout the region and local community. Among the strong and established ministry partners walking alongside Hope are these: The Lakeland Baptist Association, The Minnesota/Wisconsin Baptist Convention, The Southern Baptist Convention, Youth For Christ of Southeast Wisconsin, Angelstone Ministries and The Navigators. These partnerships have enabled Hope to carry out its ministry with strength, confidence and decisive action.
Hope is not only strong through its partnerships, but also from a strong and committed membership, comprised of dedicated people from many walks of life. As a caring community of many cultures, Hope’s membership is comprised of people from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities and perspectives, yet all united as followers of Jesus! Hope is not bound by uniformity but rather united in faith and devoted to the Great Commandment: To love God with completely in heart, soul, mind and strength and to love others with the same enthusiasm as one has for oneself!
Hope’s commitment to make a difference in the community and in the world is best exemplified by its devotion to the Great Commission given by Jesus: that members of Hope will be witnesses for Jesus “here, there and everywhere!” Hope members live as witnesses by taking part n and supporting works that serve to extend hands in compassion to those in need locally and globally. Hope is committed to ministries in the Philippines and India, where the work involves efforts that have provided hunger relief, community development and the promotion of education. Some of the fruit of Hope mission efforts include the construction of a new school, the establishment of businesses, the training of ministry leaders and the provision of community services.
Hope is truly devoted to serve with compassion and love to make a difference!
Meet the Pastor
Hope’s Pastor, Sam Jackson, has traveled the world serving the Lord. The son of a career Army paratrooper and a school teacher, Sam was born at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and moved frequently to various military posts throughout his childhood. Sam attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and has ministered in numerous military contexts including service as the Christian Education Director for the 82nd Airborne Division Memorial Chapel.
Sam graduated from Campbell University and earned his Master of Divinity Degree in Cross-cultural Ministry from Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. He has also received training in Manila, the Philippines as part of the Lausanne Missions Movement headed by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
There he met his wife Luz, a career missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), an international interdenominational Christian family of ministries, with over 650 locations and 12,000 volunteer staff worldwide in about 150 countries.
Before leading Hope, Sam and Luz served in church planting ministries in Cleveland, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan. They have also served leading ministries in mission and outreach capacities in established churches in Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. Extremely passionate about missions mobilization and equipping indigenous leadership for service, Sam and Luz founded the independent mission organization Angelstone Ministries, with works established in The Philippines, India and partnerships in other regions around the world.
Sam now serves as the lead Pastor of Hope Community Church - a church plant with a vision of living on mission to share the hope of Christ with the world and living as a caring community of many cultures. He and Luz have four daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandsons. Sam’s messages can be accessed through our website. He is also a sought-after teacher of the Bible and a highly-regarded speaker on matters related to building cross-cultural understanding and racial healing. He is currently working towards a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Global Missions at the Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.