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Meet our pastors

Joshua Smith

Josh's love for God and others is contagious. He preaches passionately and teaches in a way that everyone can understand. He strives to live a life that glorifies God and helps bring others to Him.
Josh is an English as a Second Language teacher who works with newcomers to the United States. He loves connecting with his students in meaningful ways and brings his background working with diverse groups of people into the church to help intentionally develop a multicultural congregation.

Holly Smith

Holly aims to be one of the most authentic people you'll ever meet. She brings her whole self to every relationship and is always willing to listen and counsel without judgment, knowing that God's grace and love are bigger than any situation.
Holly's breadth of skills as a marketer allow her to help churches and businesses in unique ways. On any given day, you may find her writing, creating videos and graphics, working on websites, capturing people's stories in interviews, or doing some fancy analytical work.

Our mission

Be authentic. Be renewed. Be hope.

Hope City Church in Providence, RI strives to be an authentic community where everyone can find refuge and hope from a lost and broken world, be renewed by the power of God, and be equipped to share the Gospel with the world.

Our vision

Where do we see ourselves in 10 years?


When older and younger generations are united in a church, wisdom is imparted and innovation sparked as they work together to do incredible things for God.

Hope City Church will be a place where we can learn from the wisdom of our elders while laying a strong foundation for future generations.


Providence has more than 100 nationalities represented within its borders.

Hope City Church will reflect the makeup of the Providence community and be a place where people can get a feel for what heaven will look like.


About 50% of Providence residents speak a language other than English in their home.
Within this group, there's a generational divide where grandparents and grandchildren don't speak the same language.
Hope City Church will be a multilingual church where the whole family can worship together. We're starting with English and Spanish but the possibilities are endless.


The average Rhode Islander rarely drives more than 20 minutes from their home and there are very few spaces available that can hold more than 100 people.

Hope City Church will be a multisited church that reaches into every neighborhood through home groups and multiple church campuses for
weekly gatherings.

What do we want to be known for?


We serve an incredibly big God. We've literally seen him raise people from the dead, cancerous tumors disappear, and blind eyes opened.

Hope City Church will be a place where the people exercise big faith in a big God and where supernatural miracles happen regularly.


Our hope is anchored in the salvation that Jesus Christ offers in His death, burial, and resurrection. It's a hope that isn't temporal, but eternal.

Hope City Church will be a place where the brokenhearted and hopeless will be made whole as they encounter the one, true source of hope and joy.


Now, more than ever, people feel isolated and unloved. In fact, 2 in 3 young adults do not feel deeply cared for by anyone around them.

Hope City Church will be a place where the love of God will permeate through every interaction so that people will understand how treasured they are by God and us.

Our Values

What's going to help us achieve the vision?

Pray boldly

More than recitations, prayer connects us to God and allows His power to work through us. Our boldest prayers honor Him and He honors bold prayers.

Love unconditionally

God created each of us with an inherent value that this fallen world cannot undo. Therefore, we aim to love each person as God loves us - unconditionally.

Give freely

Giving of yourself - of your time, talents, and treasures - develops a thankful and joyful heart. We give freely because God gave everything for us.

Grow gracefully

Growth doesn't happen as a straight line. We will all make mistakes as we grow in God and must allow His grace to help us as with every step forward and backward.

Go purposefully

When Jesus ascended into heaven, he commanded us to "Go." So we all gladly share what God has done in our lives with those around us.
When Jesus ascended into heaven, he commanded us to "Go." So we all gladly share what God has done in our lives with those around us.

Our beliefs

About the Bible

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives.

See: 2 Timothy 3:15-17

About God

There is one eternal God who has revealed Himself as our Father in creation, the Son Jesus Christ in redemption and as the comforter through the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is God manifested in flesh.  He is both God and man.

See: Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 3:16

About sin and salvation

Everyone has sinned and needs salvation. Salvation comes by grace through faith based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

See: Romans 3:23-25; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9

We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives. We need to be baptized in water in the name of Jesus and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

See: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:4, 37-39; Romans 6:3-4

About the future

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.

See: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

We believe that our eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.

See: Revelation 20:11, 15

About Christian living

As Christians, we are given two basic mandates from God. First, to love God with everything we’ve got, and to love other people. Second, we are to make new disciples for Christ through preaching the gospel to the world.

In fulfilling these mandates, we should live a life that is holy – that means that we pursue God and want to be more like Him in everything we do. We should worship God joyfully and wholeheartedly. In addition, God provides spiritual gifts that He intends to be working in the church today, including healing, miracles and supernatural faith.

See: Mark 12:28-31; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10

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