Empowered by the love of God and centered in Christ, Hope United Methodist Church is a thriving, diverse community, constant in service, joyful in worship, abundant in hope.
The mission of Hope United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by strengthening the diverse families and children of east side Tulsa through educational opportunities.
Our three key values come from Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “Plans to bring you PEACE and never to harm you. Plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE!”
“Shalom” is the Bible’s word for “peace.”
“Shalom” means finding peace within. It means being forgiven. It means becoming reconciled with enemies. It means finding ways for your family to get along with each other. “Shalom” means discovering God’s wholeness in all that you are: your body, mind, spirit, soul, and relationships. God’s “shalom” is strong enough even to end wars.
At Hope UMC, we follow the teachings of the Prince of Peace. We visit you when you’re sick. We pray for you. We try to love, feed and teach as many children as we can. We try to meet the needs of our neighbors. And because we know that racial, ethnic and cultural divisions divide our nation and even our churches, we are especially committed to God’s teaching on racial reconciliation.
Well, that’s our name, so you can guess that we take “hope” seriously.
What is hope? It’s a gift from God that overcomes fear, disbelief, and despair. If you can find hope, we believe you’ll soon find faith in yourself, others and God. And when you find hope and faith, then you’ll also discover an incredible life of love, a life that is truly “blessed beyond belief” (one of our favorite sayings around here).
This is one reason why so much of Hope’s focus is on our neighborhood children. We want to make sure that every child and their family has a strong hope for their future. Hope always leads to the kind of future that we believe God wants for them.
At Hope UMC, we think we've seen a vision for the future. We see children growing into healthy adults—healthy in every way. We see strong schools, places of worship, businesses and housing associations. We see neighbors of diverse languages and cultures offering their foods, crafts and festivals to the many visitors making their way to an amazing place known as “east Tulsa.” We see local neighborhoods that are free from violence, free from hunger, and free from fear. We see persons working together across differences of age, gender, race, language, and other so-called barriers. We see everything around us transformed!
Because we think this vision comes from God, this is the future we are working hard to help create.
We believe that the gospel of Christ is the hope of the world, and it's the heart of the church to bring that hope to others. This belief is the foundation of our church and informs all we preach, teach, and practice.
History of Hope United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church was created on April 23, 1968, when The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church united to form a new denomination.
But Methodism in the U.S. dates back to 1736 when John and Charles Wesley came to the so-called “New World” to spread the movement they began as students in England. Theological traditions steeped in the Protestant Reformation and Wesleyanism and relationships that date back to the 1700s have helped shape the United Methodist Church of today.
Hope United Methodist Church was formed in 1967, first as “St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church” and more recently as “Hope United Methodist Church.” But for over 50 years our calling has been the same: to reach out to the families of east Tulsa so that together we can learn to love God and serve each other in the name of Christ Jesus.
Our Staff Welcomes You
Lead Pastor: Rev. Thomas Hoffmann
Pastor Emeritus: Rev. Elson Hargrove
Worship & Youth: Debbie Gant
Organist and Keyboards: Sharon Cloer
Council Chairperson: John Worman
Treasurer: Linda Johnson
Dan GrimesMinister of Pastoral Care
Get in TouchWe would love to meet you at one of our services! You can also feel free to contact us using the information below.
9:00 am Kid's Town and Adult Classes
10:00 am Worship Service
5:15 - 6:00 pm Community Meal
6:00 pm Children and Adult Classes
12424 E. 31st St., Tulsa, OK 74146
Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - Noon