Hope Baptist Church Inc
Pastor: Tom Holt
The original members began meeting in a home in Elrod, Indiana in the mid 1960's. Some time in the fall of 1966 church services began in a converted storefront in Dillsboro, Indiana. The following trustees were elected: J.T. Guy, Hershell Addison, Thomas Williamson, Beverly Horn and Amanda Horn.
During the 1970's trustees for Hope Baptist Church including Melvin, Sr. and Selma King, Otha and Emma Burdett, James and Catherine Ward, and Claude and Palma Spurlock purchased a majority of the present-day church property along Highway 50 between Lake Dilldear Road and Megan Lane.
The attendance and offerings from 1960's through the 1980's ranged from a low of four people present and less than $10 per week to 25-40 people present and $75-$200 per week.
Some of the pastors during this time were James Ward, B.L. Keith, James Fuller, Melvin King, Sr., Charles McKinley, Douglas Quicksalland Donald Fox. Tom Holt began preaching on September 19, 1999, accepted the pastor's office on January 30, 2000 and resigned his position as Chief of Police in Milan, Indiana in June, 2006 to devote himself full-time to Hope Baptist Church.
Growth was steady through the fall of 2005 and attendance averaged approximately 130 people per Sunday. Construction on a new building was completed in the spring of 2006, and the first service was held on June 25, 2006 with an attendance of 330.
We are an old fashioned King James Bible-believing church. Here at Hope Baptist you won't find perfect people, but you will find people who will welcome you with open arms. We are a family and as such we lift each other up when we are down, encourage each other when we are weary, and share our triumphs when things go well. We are committed to welcoming souls of all ages, in all stations of life, with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.
We added a fellowship hall in Spring of 2017. Extra Sunday school rooms, offices, bathrooms, kitchen warming area. We have a membership of about 350.
Pastor: Tom Holt
Assistant Pastor: Jeremiah Gabbard
Staff Evangelist: Philip Gabbard
15593 Hwy US 50
Dillsboro, Indiana 47018