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A story about three families meeting in a house, full of love, joy, and hope


Hope Baptist Church began in February of 1979 with the arrival of Pastor Sowell and his family to Toledo. The three families which comprised the church desired to see a new Bible-believing work in the Toledo area, and services were held in two of their homes. Efforts were made by the group to saturate the community with the precious message of hope that Jesus brings and about a new church who loved Toledo.

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In December of 1979, a small church building was secured where they could begin to hold services. Church growth came slowly but surely. By April of 1986, the church was overflowing, and a move was made to a new, larger facility in the south end of Toledo. As this building also filled with new members, it became clear by 1999 that yet another move would soon be necessary.


On April 2, 2000, Hope Baptist Church broke ground at 6250 South Avenue, and construction began on the new facility. The building was completed in February of 2001, and a church dedication service was held that month. In February 2019, Pastor Sowell celebrated 40 years of ministry as the pastor of Hope Baptist Church. We are excited as we look at what God will continue to do in the future, knowing that He deserves all the praise!

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