As mentioned before, our congregation is a little over seven years old. We first began as a church plant in 1995, but have since blossomed into the only Methodist/Free Methodist church within the Kitchener-Waterloo area. However, this vital organization did not spring into fruition all by itself, but with the guidance and vigil of its
dedicated staff, some of whose bios you can read below.
Reverend Mary Nwagbugbo
|Originally emigrated as a nurse from West Africa, Mary
has been in the ministry almost as long as she has lived in
Canada: well over twenty years. As an Honours graduate
from Wilfred Laurier University and the University of
Toronto , Mary obtained Bachelor of Arts and Masters
degrees in Divinity. For a short time afterwards she
performed lay ministry within the United Church, but would
soon answer her true calling as an ordained minister within
the Free Methodist Church in 1994. Of the church acquiring
its name, she explains, "It came to
me in 1985 that this church should be named
the Eagle. For its strength, leadership and devotion to its
family, we too must put forth a similar example to our
Christian brethren as well as to non-believers. It is for that
reason that we named the church New Hope." And what a
beacon of hope both the church and Mary have been.
|He has been lay mininster and associate pastor.
He has been Sunday School teacher and Treasurer. He is
also an outspoken spiritual leader and Scriptural teacher,
but if you ask Solomon about his somewhat jack-of-all
trades abilities, he'll quickly remind you that "a jack-of-all
trades is a master of none". Nonetheless, it seems that he
has mastered much during his tenure at New Hope and yet
is quite content as acting Children's Ministeries Director.
Says Solomon, "Our job as believers is to win souls,
no matter what our station." And avidly he does so, with
all the vigor and faith that only a man like Solomon can