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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.
Solomon Nwagbugbo
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 possess.

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