Are You Merciful? (Matthew 5:7) – Zack Hensley
by Zack Hensley
New Hope Fellowship was established in 1992 as a church plant out
of Zion Fellowship in Canandaigua. Zion pastors, Bob and Marci Sorge saw the need to help a struggling congregation of 20 people in Bloomfield New York, a bed-room suburb of Rochester New York. Bob Sorge commissioned Pastors Alan and Mary Schrader to move to Bloomfield with 20 families from Zion Fellowship. They were tasked with building a community that has since grown into the community that is now New Hope Fellowship. Along with building a vibrant congregation, they launched a Community Support Shoppe in town that still serves families and people in need to this day.
10 years into the plant the congregation grew and grew. Eventually they took on the daunting task of expanding the 200 year old building to add a bigger sanctuary, more classrooms and offices. As the congregation continued to build they bought 29 acres of land near Victor New York. Land that we hope to expand to soon.
In November 2013 Pastors Alan and Mary Schrader felt the call from God to serve a new work in Cleveland Ohio. They looked back to their founder Bob and Marci Sorge who were now leaders at a ministry called the International House of Prayer in Kansas City Missouri. The Sorge’s and Schrader’s believed they had found the couple God had chosen to carry on the work in Bloomfield in Pastors Zack and Carrie Hensley. In January of 2013 Alan and Mary handed the torch off to Pastors Zack and Carrie Hensley, who are the current pastors of New Hope Fellowship. Zack and Carrie have a heart to not only continue the legacy of New Hope Fellowship in this region but have a desire to see the fires of revival awaken Western New York through the ministry of New Hope Fellowship.