THE HISTORY OF HOPE
“And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee” ~ Psalms 39:7
Pastor Tony R. Batiste, a native of New Orleans, LA accepted the call to the ministry in 1995. A lifelong Christian, Tony accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the tender age of 10. Since 1995, Tony has served God in numerous capacities such as Associate Minister, Youth Leader, Youth Director and Executive Director for a prominent denominational convention on the local, regional and state levels.
Tony R. Batiste, a son of the dynamic ministry of the Victory International Christian Center in Ocean Springs, accepted the calling to plant a ministry in Gautier, Mississippi in 2011. Upon accepting this calling, HOPE Community Church was developed in Gautier, Mississippi with the assistance of his wife, Tenesha Danielle Batiste and his charter members: Anika Bush, Bennie Coleman, Vickie Garner, Nicole Gines, Taronta Gines, John Hodges, Felice Odom, Nikki Rox, Harold Sharpe, Edna Taylor, Dr. Jerrod Taylor and Stephanie Barnes Taylor. HOPE was also blessed by the children, who we refer to as HOPE Kids: Damon, Amari, Nicolas, Marcus, TJ, Ravyn, Chloe, LJ, Brooke, Naomi, Mackenzie, Justin, Cameron, Elijah and Amina.
HOPE Community Church exist to lead people to Christ, create a non-judgment zone atmosphere, worship God in spirit and in truth, increase relationships and delete religion, build strong family values, lift up the name of Jesus and connect imperfect people to the perfect love of Jesus Christ.
The doors of the church opened on February 19, 2012 for its first church service. HOPE church family and friends were invited to Family and Friends day on March 11, 2012 to celebrate our new ministry to the community with John 3:16, The Greatest Love Story” as the theme. It was a service full of fun and fellowship with our special guest Rev. Ken Braxton and the entire church family of the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church of Gulfport played a vital role in the lives of Pastor Tony and Lady Tenesha Danielle by providing them spiritual wings.
In June of 2012, Progressive Missionary Baptist Church hosted HOPE’s first baptism of Cameron and Amina Cisse performed by Pastor Tony and Pastor Braxton.
On July 5, 2012, Stephanie Barnes Taylor developed a strategic plan to develop the ministries of the church. From this strategic plan, HOPE’s leadership team was established: Director of HOPE Kids and Membership Anika Bush, Director of Strategic Planning and Technology Outreach Stephanie Barnes Taylor, Church Administrator Edna Taylor, Director of Music Ravyn Gines, Church Maestro Nicolas Taylor, Director of Fundraising Vickie Garner and Community Service Directors Taronta and Nicolas Gines. Our Strategic Plan was finalized on September 30, 2012 and put into place by December 31, 2012.
A book signing was held on August 12, 2012 for our very own Stephanie Barnes Taylor for her leadership book “Leading Your Life to Excellence”.
HOPE’s Youth Department made its first debut with Hallelujah Night on October 31, 2012. With the help of our members, we were able to minister to over 200 kids through games and other activities. Our youth department also contributed to Samaritan Purse, which provided shoe boxes to children less fortunate that would not receive gifts for Christmas.
HOPE Community Church has been and will continue to be committed to its members and their families. We strive to be involved and remain supportive in our members’ spiritual and physical lives. We hosted a number of family events throughout this past year. On July 29, 2012, we hosted Family Fun day at Gulf Islands Water park in Gulfport, MS. On August 5, 2012 we hosted Extreme Makeover: HOPE Edition where we brought HOPE to life through decorating.
On October 27, 2012 we hosted game night for the Mississippi State vs. Alabama game. The men watched the game while the women became inspired by Iyanla Vanzant. On November 7, 2012 we started the series Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus by Kyle Idleman. This is where HOPE learned to become followers’ not just fans of Jesus.
On November 19, 2012 we hosted our Thanksgiving Pot Luck on November 19, 2012 where we fellowshipped with food and also presented a Thanksgiving basket to a family. During the Christmas holidays, we participated and sponsored Toys for Tots and served as a drop off site for the program. In 2013, HOPE moved to its current location 4341 Gautier Vancleave Road, Suite 9.
We continue to spread our ministry through Facebook and our website. Our sermons, morning motivational, and word for our youth are posted on our Facebook pages every week. Our first year has been inspiring as we have seen growth in our church and with our members. Blessings and spiritual revelations have truly falling down on each of us.
HOPE Community Church is committed to Helping Others Prepare for Eternity.