About Us


 New Hope Fellowship is a church made up of people from different nationalities, cultures, backgrounds and languages yet united in our commitment to Jesus Christ.

Our Vision

Finding inspiration in the New Testament Church in the City of Antioch (Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-5), New Hope Fellowship desires to be.

  • a church that is alive and growing with a vision of planting other churches
  • a church whose members reflect the character and qualities of Jesus Christ
  • a church that worships and prays and seriously practices spiritual disciplines
  • a church that is creative in ministry and mission
  • a church that blends the gifts of the Holy Spirit with a commitment to compassion, justice and peacemaking.
  • a church that is multicultural and multilingual
  • a church that is local with a global vision

Our Beliefs

New Hope Fellowship is a church grounded in the historic Christian faith. We are influenced by three theological streams.

  • Anabaptist with an emphasis on discipleship, peace and justice and following Jesus
  • Evangelical with an emphasis on evangelism, mission and church planting
  • Charismatic with an emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit

New Hope Fellowship is a Partner in Mission congregation with Franconia Mennonite Conference, a member conference of Mennonite Church, USA and part of the Red de Iglesias Misioneras Internacionales, (RIMI) (International Network of Missionary Churches). For more on what we believe, please see the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective 

Our Leadership Team

Kirk Hanger, Pastor

Kirk Hanger is founding pastor of New Hope Fellowship. Marilyn, Kirk’s wife, teaches at Claremont Immersion School in Arlington, VA.  They have two grown sons. The Hangers served as church planters in Mexico City for eleven years and were involved in starting three churches in one of the largest cities in the world. Kirk continues as a mentor to leaders and churches in RIMI Network of Churches, a network that was started in Mexico and now includes churches in several other countries. Kirk grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia and graduated from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, and the  Fuller Theological Seminary , Pasadena, CA. Kirk is an ordained minister in Franconia Mennonite Conference, an area conference of Mennonite Church, USA. Prior to going to Mexico, Kirk pastored Methacton Mennonite Church in Norristown, PA. Marilyn is from Souderton, Pennsylvania and also graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and has a Masters in Education from George Mason University.  

Martin Shupack, Elder

Martin Shupack is an elder of New Hope Fellowship Church and Director of Advocacy for the faith-based global humanitarian organization Church World Service. He and his wife Diana are parents of three adult children -- Justin, Josh and Sarah. Prior to coming to Washington in 1995, Marty and Diana served with Mennonite Central Committee in Mexico. During the 1980s he served as co-pastor of New Covenant Fellowship, a non-denominational, theologically Anabaptist congregation in Urbana, Illinois.