New Hope History

The beginnings of New Hope Lutheran Church can be traced back to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Merritt Island, Florida who decided to establish a mission congregation in the area of Melbourne, Florida. At that time, Redeemer was the only WELS church in all of Brevard County. Many members of Redeemer were making the 40-minute from the Melbourne area to worship in Merritt Island

Exploration of the Melbourne area began in September of 1979. Worship services in Melbourne were first conducted on April 30th, 1980, at the Adventist Hall in Melbourne. New Hope's Charter Sunday was December 14th, 1980, with 41 communicant members signing as charter members.

This new mission congregation met in the Melbourne Municipal Band Building in April until the Worship Enhancement Facilities construction in 1984. New Hope's current sanctuary, which has space for approximately 200, was constructed in 1995. In 2005 New Hope began and built an academy with an expansion project in 2015.