Local church celebrates 150 years


New Hope First Baptist Church in Cedar Park will celebrate 150 years of growing with and serving the Cedar Park and Leander communities on Oct. 22. 

New Hope was chartered on Oct. 22, 1868, and for a century and a half has been instrumental in the development of the Williamson County and Cedar Park area, utilizing its building as a school house for free public use from 1871 to 1919, contributing a cemetery, first used in 1869, that holds gravestones of well-known colonizers who shaped the community and providing a permanent place of gathering for the community at its present location since 1879.

New Hope continues to be active and giving to the local community by providing ongoing ministry and support for the homeless, the orphaned (supporting orphanage homes for 125 years), those in hunger, the widowed, the aging and homebound, preschool education (offering early education for 33 years), children (offering community VBS for 74 years, offering school supplies for 10 years) and growing families (offering small group study and support for 128 years).

For 150 years, New Hope has also strategically partnered with other churches and organizations to have a bigger impact on the world together than they could do alone, meeting physical, emotional and spiritual needs of more than 1.7 million people internationally.

In recognition of the significance of this historic moment in the life of its church, New Hope launched a year-long celebration last October. The year leading up to the anniversary date has been filled with monthly “birthday gifts,” from New Hope, to the community, as a picture of the privilege it has been to serve its citizens. Gifts included a food drive, baby item collection, blood drive, Veteran’s paver, adoption of Fire Station No. 3, the Heritage Festival, cleaning of city parks, adoption of Cedar Park Police Station, the 4th of July parade, adoption of LISD Administration Support Services and a book drive.

New Hope invites the community to join the celebration on Sunday, Oct. 21. Services at 9:30 and 11:00 am will be full of celebration elements, and the celebration continues after services with lunch, interactive exhibits, a time capsule preview, living history presentations (provided by Williamson County Museum), kid zones (inflatables, spin art, snow cones), lawn games, photos with a Longhorn, photo booth, drawings and more.

New Hope First Baptist Church is located at 183 and New Hope Dr. in Cedar Park and is currently pastored by Keith Pate, who has served in local churches for more than 30 years.