New Hope Baptist

Lincoln County
Org 1830
Photography by John Kirkland

New Hope Baptist was organized in November of 1830. The deed to the original land is recorded in 1833. According to church history ‘The first building must have been located near the lower edge of the cemetery. There appears to have been a shed on the upper side for blacks. This building was a plain house , possibly built of logs’. In 1856 a second house of worship was built across the road from the present site. It is marked by an original pillar and inscription. In 1878 a committee was appointed to have the building ceiled and glass windows installed. It stood until 1912 when it was torn down. The present building was dedicated in September of 1911. In November of 1875, the church granted letters to a number of black members who organized the Tabernacle Baptist Church located about a half mile away. New Hope is widely known for a lengthy father-son pastorate. John Hogan (1826-1903) served the church thirty eight yeards and the son, known as “Am” Hogan (1869-1938) served forty two years.