About Us

Thank you for wanting to learn more about House of Hope. We are a congregation of 1,600 members and are a part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), an organization of 10,000 diverse congregations in the United States. Located on historic Summit Avenue in St. Paul, MN, House of Hope offers many opportunities for fellowship, worship, education and service for adults, children, and youth.



When the Territory of Minnesota was organized in 1849, a young missionary from Philadelphia—the Reverend Edward Duffield Neill—set out to form the first Presbyterian congregations. Rev. Neill founded First Church in downtown St. Paul in 1849. He started a second congregation on Christmas Eve, 1855, and named it House of Hope. The name was selected “desiring that it might be the place of refuge for weary and heavy-laden souls.”

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Mission Statement

As Christians and Presbyterians, we believe in the grace and promises of God, as revealed in Scripture, and in Jesus Christ, who make clear both the character of God and humanity in its most gracious form.

We gather to glorify God; to experience and express God’s love; to explore together the meaning of Jesus’ teaching in our time; to build a community that reflects God’s grace; and to deepen our faith through worship, learning, fellowship and service, guided by God’s Spirit.

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Governing Bodies

The local Presbytery, a body of church elders and ministers, representative of the churches in the greater Twin Cities area, is considered the primary external governing organization. The presbytery oversees the installation and ordination of ministers, congregational formation and dissolution, and clergy and congregational discipline.

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Anchor Newsletter

House of Hope’s Anchor newsletter provides information about upcoming events in and around the church as well congregational updates and features.

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Covenant Network of Presbyterians

House of Hope is a Covenant Network Congregation. The mission of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians is to strengthen the church of Jesus Christ, with the help of God’s grace.
We are called to achieve this goal by working for the unity of the church, furthering the inclusion of LGBTQ persons, seeking understanding and reconciliation, and joining with others seeking a still more just and inclusive church. https://covnetpres.org/