Our Story

Saugus Assembly of God was started on November 30, 1958 by Rev. Evelyn L. Moores and Georgina D. Maxwell. Its current location was purchased in March, 1963, and the church building was dedicated into full service on May 22, 1965 by Rev. George E. Flower.  On January 1, 1999, Pastor Wayne Shirk began serving as senior pastor at Saugus Assembly.  Originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Pastor Wayne has ministered in New England for more than 30 years, and he continues his faithful service today.  
 
In 2001, continued growth led to the start of a second Sunday morning service. In June 2005 we celebrated 40 years as a church. During the celebration the church took on a new name – New Hope Assembly of God. This name reflects our vision and mission to bring new hope to the world, in accordance with Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  
 
In June of 2015 New Hope Assembly celebrated 50 years of ministry – our “Year of Jubliee.”  Pastors, prophets, evangelists, apostles, and teachers, as well as other ministers who were mentored at New Hope Assembly, returned to minister and celebrate 50 years of God’s faithfulness.  
 
With a vision of seeing the nations touched with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, New Hope has supported numerous missionaries over the past several decades.  Today, we support 21 missionaries around the world.  Teams from New Hope Assembly have also begun a partnership with the Church in Balix, Haiti, ministering and serving in the local church and villages.  
 
Locally, New Hope Assembly has begun serving the homeless community in the Saugus area.  Our home missions team partners with “Every Child Deserves a Smile,” providing clothing and gifts at Christmas time.  New Hope Assembly also recently began to minister to the elderly in Saugus once a month through prayer, worship, and sharing from God’s Word at Chestnut Woods Rehabilitation Center.  In the past few years we have revamped our community outreaches, providing Saugus families with fun, safe events such as Community Family Fun Night in October, our Living Nativity and Christmas carols at the M.E.G. Center, our Easter Egg Hunt, and other miscellaneous events.  Our outreach to military families in Saugus has also been revitalized, honoring and serving them at events and memorials.         
 
For over 50 years, New Hope Assembly has offered the message of hope, healing, and restoration found in Jesus Christ. It has been established as a place to seek the Lord and fellowship with His saints. New Hope is described as a place of peace and where the presence of God abides.