History of the Hope of Nations Christian Center

Birthed in the year 2000 as "Living Hope Christian Fellowship", our church was formed as a joint venture between Zion Mennonite Church and Hopewell Christian Fellowship. Its common purpose came out of Code Blue, a community children's ministry, which led to the opening of bible studies, and ultimately, Sunday morning services.

In 2001, as the church plant took shape and began to sharpen it's vision under the leadership of Pastors Gustavo and Twila Ramirez, the name was changed to "Hope of the Nations Christian Center", with added emphasis on taking God's hope to the nations, as well as casting vision for a future Christian center that would serve the community.

Current Building

In 2007, we purchased and renovated a large commercial building in a historic section of downtown Reading, and have enjoyed steady growth and involvement in community outreaches downtown. In 2008 we opened the Callowhill Cafe coffee shop as a way of reaching out to neighboring businesses on 5th St.  In 2015 we welcomed Angelo and Teresa Sarna as our new pastors to continue the work God has begun in Reading. Come visit us!



P rovide a place of refuge

To provide an atmosphere that is like a refuge from the storm through which people who are hurting, discouraged, hopeless and purposeless can find healing, hope, purpose, and value.

L ive a Bible based lifestyle

To serve our community with a Christian center where children, teens, and adults can receive support through diverse outreaches and ministries. To walk out what we talk about, as Jesus did, adhering to the Bible as our guide. To be a family of believers, genuinely caring for and loving one another.

A nnounce the message of Jesus

To establish friendships with individuals and families across cultural and social lines, sharing with them the hope of Jesus. To prepare, send, and support missionaries to serve globally in the fulfillment of the Great Commission, until all the world has heard the message of Jesus Christ.

N etwork with the city and region

To network with other churches and organizations in the city, with the goal of bringing a God-honoring revival and spiritual renewal to the streets of Reading.

T rain others in their calling

To provide guidance for those new in the faith through teaching and discipleship, and equip Christians to discover, develop, and exercise their spiritual gifts in order to impact the church and the world as God empowers.


1. Passionate Worship
2. Intimate Prayer
3. Holy Living
4. Full Obedience
5. Servant Leadership
6. Extraordinary Faith


Hope of the Nations is accountable to the Hopewell Network of Churches, which is a fellowship of 19 congregations in the USA and 5 congregations worldwide. Visit www.hopewellnetwork.org for more information.  We subscribe to the Hopewell Network statement of faith and beliefs.

Hope of the Nations also partners with the Reading House of Prayer, a regional prayer ministry located in the city of Reading that is committed to partnering with pastors and churches with the goal of establishing a central hub of fervent prayer and ushering in a God honoring revival to our region. Visit www.rhop.net for more information.

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