Our Story


New Hope Lutheran Church has been serving the Missouri City, Stafford, and Sugar Land area since 1975. From beginnings in an old schoolhouse moved to the site on FM 1092 to the plans for growth and improvements, New Hope has been dedicated to being a place for all people.


We are committed to..


SEEK all people open to the call of God and invite them to experience Christ's community.


WORSHIP God, thanking Him for all He has done praising Him through music and celebrating our life together


CARE for one another and the community around us by providing nurture and spiritual growth for the members of New Hope and by providing care to the community


EMPOWER one another by equipping the people of New Hope to live out their faith, and by advocating for justice and peace



Organized on November 9, 1975, Rev. Edmund Steinbring, Jr. was called to be the first minister to the congregation. In June of 1976 New Hope dedicated the old school house building and the ministry was begun at the current site. Pastor Steinbring left New Hope in April of 1979 and Rev. Stephen Quill was called on July 9, 1979.


Under Pastor Quill's leadership, the congregation grew rapidly with the present Sanctuary being constructed in 1982. In 1986, Rev. Thomas Grevios was called as an associate pastor in charge of the Youth Ministry and served until December 1990. In August of 1991 Rev. Elizabeth Stein was called to serve as Pastoral Director of Congregational Care and Education. She served until November 2005.


In August of 1997 Rev. Mark Warpmaeker was called as associate pastor in charge of the Youth Ministry and served until October 2003. Rev. Tom Glasoe was called to develop a satellite church in the Sienna Plantation area. Porch Light Lutheran Church worshipped at Lake Olympia Middle School and then on the New Hope Campus until 2006. Pastor Quill retired in 2006 following many years of faithful service. In October of 2007 Rev. Richard Wolf was called as Senior Pastor and served until 2015. Julia Miller was called in December of 2012 to serve as Associate Pastor of Youth and Family and served until 2016.  

In 2017, Reverend Chris Michaelis was called as pastor.


New Hope's ministry has been marked with many blessings. In 1987 the New Hope Community Clinic was started. This free clinic, staffed by volunteers, merged with the county health department in 1994 after a fruitful seven years of service. In 1988, New Hope built a Community Center to house a gymnasium, classrooms, youth loft and a kitchen. Many community groups use this facility throughout the week. In 2008, a new pipe organ, designed and built by the Parsons Organ Company, was installed and dedicated.


Outreach is a very important facet of New Hope's mission and the congregation is active in the community in many ways.                        

  • New Hope is one of the founding sponsors of the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry.

  • New Hope partners with several congregations in Fort Bend County to sponsor Family Promise, a ministry to homeless families with children. Our former sanctuary is currently used as the Day Center.

  • New Hope has a sister congregational relationship with El Buen Pastor (The Good Shepherd) Lutheran Church in Usulatan, El. Salvador. We support the pastor and facilities, frequently exchange visits, assist with agricultural program and provide scholarships for hundreds of students.

  • New Hope pioneered and provides yearly the Camp Hope program, a summer day camp using youth as counselors - A model which is now used across the country.