Our Story

Living Hope Church began in September of 2000. Two families met in a living room and made a commitment to start a church in the Alpena vicinity that would make a difference.

From a gymnasium in a country elementary school, the church doubled its regular Sunday attendance to 21 in three months. By 2002, Living Hope realized the need to renovate and move to a vacant furniture store in the city. Despite considerable inconveniences, the members pressed on and the church increased its attendance to 47 by year's end.

It quickly became evident that Living Hope needed more than 3,000 square feet to accommodate its continued growth. In 2004, Living Hope Church moved to Werth Road where it found its home for the next 13 years!

Living Hope's leadership recognized that additional space was needed in order to reach the city of Alpena for Jesus. In 2013, Living Hope Church purchased seven acres of land and was planning to build a new facility immediately. The building campaign was postponed in the fall of 2014 when Pastor Tad Martin felt led to resign his position after fifteen years of faithful service to Living Hope Church.

In May of 2015, Living Hope Church welcomed Pastor Lee Blanchard as their Lead Pastor. With a passion for the Alpena Community, unity among believers, and being the hands and feet of Jesus, Pastor Lee, his wife Renee, and his family dove into partnering Living Hope with many of Alpena's community outreaches and ministries. In 2016, Living Hope made the faithful decision to purchase our current property on M-32 W.

The new facility underwent major renovations in 2017 and on December 17th, 2017 Living Hope celebrated our first Sunday in our new permanent facility! Following move-in, phase two began to complete the Children's Worship Center and the Foyer of the building.

In April of 2022, Pastor Lee and his family resigned from their roles within Living Hope Church after seven years of faithful service to Living Hope, Alpena, and the surrounding communities. That same month, a Pastoral Search Committee was formed and the search began for the next shepherd of Living Hope Church that would usher Living Hope Church into its next season of service to Jesus Christ, the congregants of Living Hope Church, and the City of Alpena.

It is the desire of Living Hope Church to be welcoming to every person who wishes to come to hear about Jesus Christ and to reach those in our community through authenticity, a passion for Jesus, and a love for people. Living Hope is excited to move forward in raising up generations of Christ-followers that are bold, courageous, and committed enough “To do whatever it takes to turn ordinary people into passionate, devoted followers of Jesus Christ.”

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