Our History




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14024 Stewart Rd SE
Sumner, WA 98390

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Our History

New Hope traces its origins back to 1965 when Rev. Lloyd Plunkett was appointed by the National Home Missions Department to plant a Free Will Baptist church in the Seattle area. After moving here with his wife, Betty, and getting started by making contact with interested parties, advertising, visiting door-to-door and home prayer meetings, the first official worship service was held on November 14, 1965.

The church began to grow slowly but steadily and on February 26, 1967 was officially organized as First Free Will Baptist Church of Seattle with nineteen charter members. The group then purchased a church building located in Burien. After this the church was able to grow more rapidly. In July, 1976 Pastor Plunkett resigned and Rev. Millard Sasser came to pastor the church the following January. The church continued to have success at reaching people with the gospel.

Pastor Sasser resigned in May, 1978 and for a period of about two years the church was unable to find a pastor. During this time the church decided to move to the Kent area because most of the families attending lived in that vicinity. The building in Burien was rented out and eventually sold while the group met in various rented facilities. Several preachers filled the pulpit during this time, most notably Rev. Holt Seawell who became interim pastor from June to December 1980. All these circumstances and other factors contributed to make this a difficult period for the church.

In December, 1980 Rev. Plunkett returned as pastor. Though still renting meeting places, the church was able to purchase an older house on two acres at 13414 SE 272nd St. on the east hill in Kent. The house (aka “the Homestead”) was used as the parsonage for the Plunkett family and as a meeting place for Wednesday night prayer services and church activities. The church also eventually settled in at Kent Commons as a regular, long-term meeting place for Sunday services. These developments afforded some stability and the church was able to rebound somewhat. It was during this period that the church decided to take the name New Hope First Free Will Baptist Church.

On November 15, 1992, after accepting a post from the FWB National Foreign Missions Department, Pastor Plunkett resigned and left in May, 1993. The church called Rev. Brent Nix to be pastor and he and his family came in September, 1993. After considering different options, the church decided to begin meeting in the former parsonage on Sundays instead of renting. This necessitated extensive remodeling which was largely completed in the fall of 1999. During this time growth was slow but usually things were going in the right direction.

At the same time the church began a savings campaign to build a fund toward the construction of a larger meeting place on the property to accomodate growth, Christian education and fellowship activities. God blessed that effort and through sacrificial giving of the members and generous gifts from outside sources the goal set was more than met. One especially notable gift of $120,000 came in August, 2003 from the Victory FWB Church in E. Wenatchee, WA which helped the fund reach almost $300,000. Around that same time New Hope retained Integrated Ministry and Facilities to help the church in the process of planning and constructing a new building on the property. In December 2004, New Hope applied for its first permits from the City of Kent. In the meantime the church continued to preach and teach the Bible, disciple its members, develop ministries and support missions and other ministries as it could. Numerical growth was still slow but spiritual growth and maturity among the members was steadily increasing. However, the permit process with Kent was interminable despite constant input of time, effort, money and prayer. It was confusing, frustrating and discouraging at times.

In early July, 2009 the church believed (at least the pastor did) that finally permits were close at hand but at that point, through God’s providence, we discovered an existing church building in Sumner, WA that was available for sale. The facilities proved to be perfect for the needs of the church and was in a good location (both for current members and for future growth). Suddenly the delay of the permits became a positive rather than a negative. The purchase agreement between New Hope and Edgewood Bible Church was closed on September 30, 2009. The next four months were spent remodeling and the first Sunday service in the Sumner facility was held on February 7, 2010.

Our vision and our prayer is that God will use New Hope Free Will Baptist Church to expand His kingdom here in Sumner and the surrounding communities in north Pierce County and south King County.