“For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

The scripture, Jeremiah 29:11, has been foundational to the formation and history of New Hope Community Church (now New Destiny Praise and Worship Center). In 1999, Pastor and First Lady Ogletree sensed a call and movement of God that would take them beyond their comfort level of ministry to a place of meeting the needs of a community. They were invited to participate in a church planting institute designed to equip and inform potential church planters, not realizing that God was calling them to organize and plant a new church. As they began to pray for direction, God impressed upon their hearts to “write the vision” as He directed them. By the end of 1999, the vision of New Hope Community Church was birthed and on February 27, 2000, the first meeting was held in the Ogletree home. From that meeting, 19 core members embraced the vision for New Hope Community Church.

In January 2000, God directed Pastor and First Lady individually to the northwest section of Houston, where they soon discovered there was a need for a community church in the area of zip codes 77066 and 77086. On June 4, 2000 the first worship service of New Hope Community Church was held at Shotwell Middle School, 6515 Trail Valley Way, Houston, Texas 77086. By the end of the year, Hope Evangelical Community Church opened their doors to allow us to conduct weekly Bible study, discipleship and other ministry meetings at their location. For the next three years, NHCC conducted ministry from two locations: Sunday worship service at Shotwell Middle School and weekly ministry at Hope Evangelical Community Church. We were known as the Church with no building, but two locations.

Early in 2002, Pastor Ogletree sensed an urgency from God to build; and in August 2002, with less than 100 members, the Church purchased 12.2 acres of land on West Greens Road. In the spring of 2003, New Hope Community Church broke ground for the first building and on Pastor Ogletree’s birthday in August 2003, the Church was granted building permits to begin construction of the 12,000 square foot multi-purpose facility.

On February 22, 2004, New Hope observed it first worship service in the new building. Since moving into the building, New Hope’s membership has grown to over 1200 members. New Hope Community Church could not have achieved as much in so short a time without the support of three sister churches: our sponsor church – First Metropolitan Church, Dr. John D. Ogletree Sr., Pastor; Brentwood Baptist Church, Dr. Joe S. Ratliff, Pastor; and Bethel’s Family Church, Rev. Walter August, Pastor.

Additionally, the City of Refuge of Houston, Inc., a 501(3)(c) community development corporation is housed in the facility. The CDC operates a full-service daycare academy including before and after school programs and a summer enrichment program. The City of Refuge also sponsors an annual Christmas bike giveaway, health fairs, and community forums benefiting the surrounding northwest community.

The Church completed a building program in 2009 to add 18,000 square feet to the current facility for administrative offices and youth ministries, along with additional parking, and sport court flooring for the worship area. In May 2010, the Church retrofitted the space constructed for youth ministries into a multimedia room known as the G-Zone. This room will provide the youth of our church and community with a safe harbor for fun and fellowship and functionality for use by other ministries and the community.

As New Hope Community Church celebrated its 10th year of serving the kingdom of God, the vision continued to unfold as the Church’s Just Imagine Capital Campaign entered the second year of preparing the Church to build a 1200 seat sanctuary, with future plans to include a senior living facility, an office park, health clinic and credit union. In July 2010, Dr. Ogletree led a group of 19 members and friends on a ten day tour to Jerusalem, the first of many cultural tours to elevate and educate members to life outside the United States. Dr. Ogletree led a second tour group to the countries of Jordan and Israel in June 2011.

In 2011, Dr. Ogletree began to sense that God was leading the Church in a new level of worship and impact upon the community that would result in changing the culture of the Church. This change in the nature and character would result in a change to New Hope’s name. In January 2012, Dr. Ogletree revealed that the Church’s new name would be New Destiny Praise and Worship Center. As New Hope Community Church we provided Hope for many people, but now it’s time for a new destiny and worship for our Most High God. New Destiny is setting the atmosphere for leading the people of God into his presence. There is excitement over miracles that God is working in our fellowship as we are witnessing to the supernatural move of God.

At New Destiny, we believe God is AWESOME!


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