August 20, 2018 Madisonville Tennessee. Pastor Dr. David Koopman celebrates the Church’s 150 anniversary and recognizing the church as the first Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation in Monroe County Tennessee. Vet to Vet Tennessee supported the special celebration by recognizing two Korean War Veterans with the Republic of South Korea’s Ambassador For Peace Medal.
The Wolf family is one of the oldest families in Monroe County and the one of the oldest members of the 150 year old church. The Wolf family had three brother who served in the Korean War. Two living brothers are still members of the Church; Bill and John Wolf. Church member and Korean American Hye You Coleman and daughter presented the medal to the Wolf brothers. According to Pastor David, “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.”
Founding of New Hope Church
In August of 1868 a small band of east Tennessee Christians organized New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Monroe County, Tennessee. The first church pastor was Rev. Joseph Peeler who served as a chaplain during the Civil War. It is easy to see why Pastor Koopman enrolled the church as a Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation as soon as he learned of the new organization.
“Vet to Vet Tennessee. New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church sincerely appreciates your input into our 150th Anniversary celebration last weekend. Your participation added to the success of the event.
New Hope Strives to honor our veterans and their contribution to the local area as well as to the nation. Your warm welcome station, complete with handouts, mementoes, and a “helping hand”, certainly enhanced that atmosphere.” Brenda Leslie, Clerk New Hope CP Church
God bless the New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church for caring and serving our American heroes for 150 years.
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