A new church is starting up in Detroit Lakes, and the husband-and-wife team behind it are hoping it’ll bring "new hope" to those in search of a home for their faith.
Called New Hope Church, it’ll be mobile at first, as it gets off the ground. Four monthly “preview” services will begin at temporary locations in September and, by January, the services will be held Sundays at a somewhat more permanent, leased location.
Zach and Rochel Priddy, who are opening the church, are hoping it will grow and thrive over time, and that one day in the not-too-distant future, it will find a forever home in Detroit Lakes.
The Priddys have been youth pastors at their church in Moorhead, LifePoint Sanctuary, for the past several years. Zach has also served as an assistant pastor there for two years. He said LifePoint Sanctuary is supporting him and his wife in their new endeavor.
New Hope Church is being created in association with LifePoint, which is part of the United Pentecostal Church International. Services will be led by Zach.
Starting the church, he said, was an idea that hit him “like a ton of bricks.” He and Rochel have lived just down Highway 10, in Moorhead, for the past decade. During their many visits and drives through Detroit Lakes over the years, they began to feel like God was drawing them to the town.
Then one day, “three years ago, we were in Detroit Lakes and it just hit me,” he said. “I started crying and I said to my wife, ‘Someone needs to start a church in Detroit Lakes.’”
The couple talked it over together, and then talked it over with the leaders of LifePoint. Ultimately, they realized that that "someone" was them. New Hope Church is their calling.
“We became so passionate about it,” Zach said. “You know, when God deals with you and directs you to do something, he has a plan and a purpose.”
They decided on the name New Hope because it reflects their belief that “everyone should have the opportunity to have hope,” he said. The church’s primary mission is “to point people to Jesus, and to have hope in their lives.”
A goal of New Hope’s “is pushing that personal relationship with Jesus — that it’s a day-to-day lifestyle,” Zach said.
With guidance from LifePoint, the Priddys have been spreading the word about New Hope, creating a website and Facebook page for the church. They’re actively looking for people who might want to join, and for partners in the community — partners in prayer, in labor and in financial support.
It’s about a month out from their first service, and Zach said there’s already been “quite a bit of interest” in the church. They have 20 people who have committed to attending that first service (in addition to their own friends and family, who will be there to support them), and the New Hope Church Facebook page has more than 440 followers.
Zach thought it was safe to assume they’d have between 20 and 50 people at the September service, though it could easily be more.
Although Detroit Lakes “has quite a few churches” already, Zach said, “there were a number of people who told us that they just felt like they didn’t have a home (for worship).”
“Every pastor, every preacher, every minister, they can’t reach everyone,” he added. “I think that communities need options.”
New Hope Church’s first service will be 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Holiday Inn. After that, monthly services will continue in October, November and December. In January, weekly services will begin at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which Zach said is being leased to New Hope on Sundays.
“We are so excited to be in the Detroit Lakes community and to bring hope to the community through the love of Jesus,” Rochel said. “We already love this city and the people here.”
Anyone interested in learning more can visit the New Hope Church Facebook page, or the church’s website, www.myhope.life.