Pastor Phillip with his wife, Blake, and their daughters.

By God's grace, for his glory, and in his power

The mission of our church is to proclaim the message urgently and effectively in Rockland and Bergen Counties that

Jesus Christ is the only Savior and Lord

and to work to fulfill the Great Commission by making disciples within our community, so that people will mature as servants of the triune God, worship God in spirit and truth, and have a reforming influence in society.

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Children and Families at
New Hope Christian Church

Kids love to play, sing, and learn about Jesus in a fun, clean, safe place.

We have a clean, safe, stocked nursery for newborns through elementary school age children to be supervised by a parent. Lots of new toys, plenty of space, and all kinds of materials for coloring and art.

Cry Room
If you want a little more space or privacy with your baby but still want to be part of the service, just step into our comfortable private cry room at the back of the sanctuary. There you can relax in an armchair, feed your baby, change a diaper, or let your baby play in the pack and play while you continue to watch and listen to everything happening in the service.

Families are welcome here—and so are seniors, singles, and single parents!

Are you new here?

Maybe you've never been to church before. Or it's been a long time. Or you just aren't sure what to do or what to expect. It's easy, really: just show up! But if you have questions like these, just click to get answers:

When is the church service?

Where do I park and enter?

What do I do when I arrive?

Inside the church sanctuary are pews, long padded bench seats with wooden backs. Take a seat in any of them. They're not reserved for anyone, so you can sit anywhere. Probably someone will quickly recognize you as a newcomer and come over to greet you and give you a bulletin. The bulletin gives our order of service, like the program at a concert or a Playbill at the theater. There will also be a little table with bottled water and mints (actually wintergreen Lifesavers). Feel free to take those to enjoy during the service.

What should I wear?

There's no dress code, just common sense about good taste and modesty. People in our church tend to dress pretty casually and comfortably, so you should feel free to dress that way too. The church is heated on cold days and air conditioned on hot days.

Is there a cost?

Church is free, open to the public, and we hope you'll come. We do not ask or want visitors to make a financial contribution to the church. We do collect an offering before the sermon, but that's for members of the church, so you will not feel any obligation or pressure to give money.

What happens during the service?

The service starts at 11 o'clock and proceeds through a standard order that is printed in the bulletin for you to follow and also displayed on a screen on the front wall. Basically, we sing, pray, and learn from the Bible through hearing it read and preached. The pastor leads everyone through the service and says clearly when people should stand (if they're able to) and then sit. If you don't know the tunes of the songs we sing, that's OK: just pray along with the singing or listen and worship God in your heart. Nobody will draw attention to you as a visitor or ask you to say or do anything that would make you uncomfortable.

How long does the service last?

The service starts at 11 and typically ends before 12:30.

What is there for my kids?

We have child care, a nursery, and a great play area for kids under 12. Your kids can also stay with you in the service if you want. We have activity books and crayons to keep them occupied. Scroll up or click for more information about our children's ministries.

Our story

New Hope Christian Church is one of Rockland County’s historic churches.

The story of our church in Monsey goes back to the early 1800s when a fierce controversy over the five points of Calvinism and church governance arose in the Dutch Reformed Church in America. As a result, in 1822 a group of people seceded from that denomination and established a new one called the True Reformed Dutch Church. The Monsey church would soon be born out of that movement of secession, which is how New Hope Christian Church came to be among the oldest historic churches in Rockland County today.

On June 11, 1824, the Monsey church was established when 68 people seceded from the Dutch Reformed Church of West New Hempstead, which most people today know as the Brick Church. The seceders were led by the Rev. James D. Demarest, who had been the pastor of the Brick Church, and they established themselves in Monsey as a new congregation called the True Reformed Dutch Church of West New Hempstead. Our first building was adjacent to our cemetery on Maple Avenue and Saddle River Road. Our second and current building on Main Street in Monsey was dedicated on August 29, 1869.

By the late 1940s, the congregation had diminished to a very small number. But thanks to the work of the Rev. Dick L. Van Halsema beginning in 1949, it once again became vital, especially with the opening of the Tappan Zee Bridge and the building of the New York State Thruway in Rockland County. The Monsey Christian Reformed Church was formally organized in 1952. The name New Hope Christian Church was adopted in 2000. In 2007 the church affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and is part of the Metropolitan New York Presbytery.

Today, Pastor Dennis is leading the church during a time of new growth, stronger community, and ministry outreach to our neighbors in Rockland and Bergen Counties.

Our future

As we look to the future, we see many important ways we can serve as ambassadors for Christ in Rockland County and north Jersey:

  • Reformed identity
    This is one thing that makes us unique among churches in Rockland County. There is a need for Reformed churches in our area that model themselves closely on the theology and worship of the Protestant Reformation. Biblical expository preaching, the doctrines of grace, and the singing of Psalms, catechizing, and promoting home worship by families and households will characterize our church as we seek to maintain our distinctly Reformed identity among the other churches of Rockland County.
  • Parish ministry
    There are many churches in Rockland County and north Jersey, but no others in the immediate vicinity of Monsey or anywhere within about a 1.5 mile radius of our church. As the only Christian church in this area, we want to make it easy for our neighbors in this parish to call upon us for spiritual help.
  • Outreach to Jews
    Our location in Monsey is another things that makes us unique among churches in Rockland County. Christians and Jews have not always gotten along well or understood each other correctly throughout history. Slanders and falsehoods have been uttered by members of both groups against each other. Our location gives us a unique opportunity to help clear up misunderstandings and to show how Christianity is connected to the faith of the patriarchs and ancient Israel. We’re happy to enjoy friendly relations with our Jewish neighbors in our parish, and in terms of moral values, we find that we have much more in common with the Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish communities than with secular culture generally.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to
a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
—1 Peter 1:3

Our officers and staff

  • The Rev. Phillip W. Dennis II, Pastor

    The Rev. Phillip W. Dennis II is the Pastor of the church and has been preaching at New Hope since August 2010, when he moved to Rockland County from Manhattan. He was ordained and installed as Pastor on June 2, 2012. He is from Thousand Oaks, California, and earned the M.A. in exegetical theology at Covenant Seminary and the M.Phil. in biblical theology from Fordham University. He has taught theology and biblical studies at The King's College and Fordham University in New York City, and is also engaged in doctoral research with the Department of New Testament Studies at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His wife, Blake, has lived all over the place, most notably Brussels, Belgium, which is how she comes to speak fluent French. She also loves to run, knit, and bake, and works in design and I.T. at a medical publishing company in Manhattan. They have two daughters.

  • Hank Bakker, Elder

    Hank Bakker is an elder at the church, a position of trust and responsibility earned through many years of church leadership and service in ministry beginning when he was a teenager. He first started attending here as a young child enrolled in Sunday school. He is available—enthusiastically and joyfully—to encourage anyone who wants to enjoy the wonder of a fulfilling and meaningful relationship with God. Hank has three business degrees and works as a senior manager of a north Jersey business. He is blessed to be married to his wife, Eileen, and to be the father of three sons enrolled at Nyack College here in Rockland County. Eileen is from the Albany area and is a graduate of Elim Bible College in upstate New York and Nyack College here in Rockland. In addition to raising her family and ministering to the church through her music, she is the Challenge 1 Director for Classical Conversations in New Jersey. They live in Sloatsburg, NY.

  • Glen Mapes, Elder

    Glen Mapes is a lifelong resident of Rockland County, NY and has been a member of our church since his earliest days, when it was still called Monsey Christian Reformed Church. He is an elder in the church and a home improvement contractor based in Spring Valley. After a lengthy time of service as a deacon, he was elected and ordained as an elder. Glen's wife, Ruth, is originally from the Philippines. She works as a neonatal intensive care nurse at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Glen and Ruth have two sons, one in southern California and the other upstate New York, a daughter, and several grandchildren. They live in Spring Valley, NY.

Our beliefs

The Bible is our rule of faith. It is the word of God written, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and without error in the original manuscripts. As the revelation of God's truth, it is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and life. A few highlights of what we understand the Bible to teach are these:

  • We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God's displeasure, except by his mercy.
  • We believe that salvation is by God alone, as he sovereignly chooses those he will save. We believe his choice is based on his grace, not on any human individual merit or foreseen faith.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through his perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in him alone for salvation.
  • We believe that God is gracious and faithful to his people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to his covenant promises.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God's people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow him.
  • We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive his people unto himself.
  • We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

What we understand the Bible to teach is more fully summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and larger and shorter catechisms.

Come to church on Sunday at 11.
You'll be glad you did.