We are here to minister to Jesus and each other; to receive His Word and anointing for the preaching of His Gospel to all people; to bring believers into faith based on obedience to His Word; to demonstrate His Kingdom here and to the ends of the earth.
Welcome to our New Hope Christian Fellowship website! My name is Rita Kopecki and I have been the Pastor of NHCF since February 10, 2010. We are a non-denominational, Spirit-filled congregation who love to worship God in Spirit and in Truth (Jn.4:23). Our autonomous local leadership follows the Ephesians 4:11-18 pattern of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.
To see what we believe, please read our by-laws which are posted in the “What We Believe” page. We meet for services on Sunday mornings and evenings at 10AM and 6PM, respectively, and on Wednesday evenings at 7PM for worship and instruction in the Word. At these meeting times we also provide Nursery care / teaching for children 3 and under. We serve the LORD, the local assembly, the Plano community and beyond in a vibrant prayer ministry which reaches around the world, praying daily for this nation and its leaders, churches and church leaders every day, Monday-Friday from noon to 1PM, and at 6 -7 AM on Tuesday and Friday mornings.
We are a Spirit-filled church which means that we believe in the individual believer’s right and privilege to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit from Jesus and that under His Lordship we worship and minister to the Father and Jesus, and to one another and those He adds to our services. The ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Church is outlined in I Corinthians 12, 13, and 14 and we allow for this in all services and prayer meetings. Many times we have seen people healed and set free from all kinds of bondages at the Communion Table or in just a simple prayer meeting!
We also meet at the Table of the LORD (Communion) weekly, usually on Sunday mornings to celebrate and remember His Exodus in the sharing of the bread and cup. These are times we have experienced Jesus right there with us healing and cleansing and sharing His love with us in an intimate Christ and His Church meeting that can only be experienced in His covenant with us.
The Table of the LORD is open to all believers and we also open our doors daily for all who want to come pray. Please come and meet with Jesus in worship, prayer and receiving of His Word. You will be so glad you did: He is WONDERFUL.
Pastor Rita Kopecki
Pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship from 2010- present. Pastor Rita was born and raised in Bloomfield, Montana. Her family attended Red Top Mennonite Church and here she was introduced to congregational worship, church life and fellowship. However it was in Billings, Montana, in 1978 that Jesus Christ caught her up and spoke to her in an encounter that transformed her life and relationship with the LORD forever. Soon after this, Jesus sent her to Shiloh Training Institute, in Hamilton, Montana. This small Bible school with a huge prophetic mantle was a place of training its students how to “rightly divide the Word of Truth,” and practical daily experiences in worship, prayer, and the moving of the Holy Spirit. Soon after completing Bible school she moved to Dallas Texas, where she married, worked and ministered in places as varied as the children’s ministry at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, to KLTJ Channel 49 in Irving, TX (originally a Christian channel), and from hosting a daily teaching / prayer program to serving on worship teams and in women’s conferences. In 1987 she and her family began to attend New Hope Christian Fellowship where she was proven in ministry as a Prophet – Pastor -Teacher with a rich ministry in the Word of God, prayer and worship. She was a stay-at-home mom for 11 years when the LORD gave her a vision to start a daycare in Plano, TX. She went back to college and work, received a CDA from NAEYC, earned her Associates Degree in Early Education, and began to serve as a care-giver/Assistant Director in childcare facilities. Though the vision went on hold, it was eventually fulfilled and Star Kids, inc opened in 2017. In 2005 Jesus sent her back into full-time ministry here and to other nations while she finished raising her children as a single mom. On February 10, 2010 Pastor Rita was set in as the pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship where she and her grown children all currently fellowship and serve.
Apostle Ray Stokes
Ray Stokes was the founding pastor – apostle to New Hope Christian Fellowship from 1987 – 1999, ministered apostolically from Plano for another 10 years and over-sighted the re-opening of the church in 2010. It 1987, New Hope was the third church he had pioneered and established by the age of 36. This proven, sound Prophetic Apostle has a renowned international ministry making people and churches disciples in worship, prayer and doctrine. He is widely received for speaking and ministering in churches, schools, and Bible colleges, and has trained lay leaders and pastors on five continents and in twelve nations. He holds Apostolic responsibility for churches in America and Scotland and is often asked to be the main speaker in non-denominational and denominational Spirit-filled conferences. He is a gifted worship leader vocally, instrumentally (guitar, bass, drums, etc.) and has written many songs from modern hymns to psalms and spiritual songs, and has birthed many people and churches into worship. With a strong ministry in the Scriptures balanced by an exciting revelatory ministry with an emphasis on foundations, government, prayer, worship, and gifts of the Spirit, Ray is known for his accurate Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Prophetic oversight as well as great grace from the Holy Spirit to heal, deliver and establish the people of God. He has ministered for nearly fifty years.
Ray was born and raised in Dallas, TX and prior to his salvation Ray was a professional musician playing concerts with many of the premier groups of the late 1960’s, and he has worked in television, radio, and film as well as having been involved in the local and national political arenas at times. He has been married for over forty years, has three grown children and seven grandchildren, and currently lives with his wife, Ann, in Sparks, Nevada. He is the apostle to NHCF.