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Sunday Service: 12:00 PM 

Wednesday Bible Study: 7:30 PM

Friday Youth Service: 7:30 PM

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About Refuge of Hope
Our Pastor


Clara Rivera serves as Senior Pastor

of Refuge of Hope.  Pastor Clara

was born in the country of Panama.

She is the fourth child of Juan and

Ana’s six children.  She is married

to Mariano Rivera and together they

have been blessed with three sons,

Mariano, Jafet and Jaziel.

 

Although Pastor Clara was acquainted

with the gospel at an earlier in life,

it was at the age of 25 that she had a

personal encounter with God.  From

that moment forward, she has served

the Lord with all of her heart and

strength.  Those that are close and

know her well will attest that she lives what she preaches.  She has a favorite phrase:  “I believe God and my desire is to always please Him”.  This sentiment is visible in her ministry, her personality, as well as every aspect of her every day living.

 

Her aspiration and  heart’s desire is to follow Christ’s example and lead Refuge of Hope to be a church that would meet the needs of the community through leadership, volunteerism, inclusion and example.  Her passion is to motivate each member of the congregation to love, serve those in need, giving not only of financial resources but also  sharing the message of hope by  investing their time and talent to uplift their community.

 

Clara’s  has not only accepted the pastorate of Refuge of Hope but also has received a clear vision of what God wants to accomplish with this body of believers.  With a humble heart and her strong faith in God, she is ready and committed to fulfill this mission.

Our Mission

Refuge of Hope is a multicultural united body of believers committed to the revitalization of its community through acts of service and a genuine demonstration of God’s love.

 

Our History


Refuge of Hope began in 2009 in the home of Mariano and Clara Rivera.   A small group of individuals would meet for a time of prayer and sharing on a regular basis.  This group quickly experienced growth as the needs of the attendees were being met.  They felt the need to organize a local church that would not only present the message of salvation to its attendees, but also provide programs that would meet the needs of the less fortunate in the community.

 

In order to accomplish their mission, they quickly determined that they would need a more formal setting. In their efforts to expand, a beautiful, historic building formally known as North Avenue Presbyterian Church was acquired from the City of New Rochelle, New York. The building has already gained admittance to the National Register of Historic Places.

Join us as we restore this historical building and witness it’s transformation. Donate today.