Our Story

APOLOGIES AS OUR WEBSITE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Please visit www.facebook.com/ThisHopeChurch for more information about This Hope.


This Hope is a Baptist church in Newton Abbot. Our desire is to know God and join in the journey of relationship with Him, revealed in all its mystery through His Son, Jesus Christ, made possible by the Holy Spirit.  We believe that each of us are created by God, called to be in relationship with God’s own Self and with each other, and so in our life together our hope is to follow the Greatest Commandments, to love God and to love one another.

Our story as a church can only be fully discovered as you meet with us and share with us, but hopefully we can tell you little something of what our story is about here.

Joe Haward was called by the South West Baptist Association to plant a church from scratch in Newton Abbot, Devon. Joe, Sarah and their daughter Grace moved to Newton Abbot in the summer of 2010 from Mersea Island in Essex. Joe, an eighth generation oyster fisherman, had recently completed his degree at Spurgeon’s College and been ordained, whilst Sarah, a first generation beauty therapist (!), was at this time six months pregnant with their second daughter Lizzie, so, with the move, there were many new, exciting and daunting challenges ahead.

Over time,with a lot of prayer, relationships began to form with different people in various places like pubs, schools and community groups. Then in the autumn of 2011 a group of ten people gathered together in a home, ate together, broke bread, prayed, listened to and discussed the Bible, committed to one another; a church was born.

There are more of us now and this is what we continue to do.

Jesus said that the two greatest commandments were to love God and to love each other. As a church we seek to model this in what we say and what we do. Our hope is to be a people whose love for God is seen through the way we live and the way we gather together. Not only that, but we are trying to love others well reaching out in acts of love and kindness to our community, especially to those who are facing trials and difficulties.

This Hope is still a very new and evolving church with so much uncertainty and adventure that lay before us. Our story is just beginning and we would love for you and your story to come and join us because we believe that Church is for all people from all walks of life.