About Us



Hope Lutheran Church began in 1998 as a small congregation of faithful friends meeting for worship in local recreation centers. Since then, Hope has grown into a three-campus church community serving God’s people throughout the communities in and around The Villages and Summerfield, FL.


We have experienced phenomenal growth since that time and now have over 2,000 members, including our seasonal associate members. Yet we are a caring church with plenty of activities and opportunities for groups with similar interests and needs. We make you feel right at home. Hope Lutheran places a high emphasis on spending time together and sharing our lives and interests.

Who We Are

Our Mission

The Mission of Hope Lutheran Church is to "Know Christ and to Make Christ known. ”


As you look through this site, you will see many activities and opportunities to serve that reflect our purpose. All are welcome to worship with us and to participate in our services and activities.

Our Vision

We strive to be a church without walls. Jesus calls for us to go outside the walls to reach the lost and the broken. It is there that the lost will be found. Most churches find it is comfortable to stay within the walls, but we make it an effort to be like the church from the Book of Acts, to see our city changed.

Our Values

Hope has always been a mission church. As a community, we know that it’s our duty to serve those in need locally and around the world. Hope has over 60 ministries organized by church members and run by volunteers. Opportunities for fellowship, outreach, study and service are offered. Hope currently sponsors two international missionaries: Pastors Nijhar and Neeraj Ekka. This couple, along with their children, currently serve the Lord through their mission in India.

Our History

Small Beginnings

  1. September 1998  Pastor Barry Hunteman met with 79 people to begin organizing a new church - Hope  Lutheran Church  
  2. Oct 25, 1998 first worship service for Hope Lutheran Church at 9:00 am at La Hacienda Recreation Center in The Villages with 203 people attending.
  3. January 15, 2002 ground was broken for construction of our own building on the corner of Morse and 466.
  4. January 12, 2003 first service was held in our new building! Hope's congregation has grown to 800 members. 
  5. December 17, 2016 Pastor Barry Hunteman retires.
  6. August 5, 2017, Pastor Jon Marc MacLean installation as Hope's lead pastor.
  7. April 15, 2018, Hope votes to merge with St. John Lutheran, which becomes our 2nd site: Lake Weir Campus
  8. May 19, 2019, Hope becomes 3 campuses with first worship service south at Rohan Recreation Center, moved to Everglades Recreation Center on February 2, 2020.