New Hope UMC serves the Northern Berkshire community, and we seek to transform lives through the grace of Christ. We have a rich legacy being birthed from the merger of the two historic UMCs from North Adams and Williamstown, and we have a long history of concern for people and issues of social justice. We support global and local ministries. Our calendar of events includes worship, Sunday School, short term Bible studies, book discussions, fellowship opportunities, and ministries to the local and global communities.
As a Reconciling Congregation, we appreciate diversity and try to live the United Methodist motto: "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors."
We currently gather for Worship at St. Andrews in North Adams on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at 10 a.m. We engage in service in both North Adams and Williamstown. We gather at the Williamstown Commons at 11 a on the 2nd Sunday of each month for a time of prayer, song and reflection upon scripture.
Our church office is located at 550 W. Main St. in North Adams. Office hours are from 12-1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The opportunity to join in ministry with NHUMC excites us. We thank God for the stories and lives - both past and present - that make a community like New Hope possible. We look forward to how God will transform our lives, transform the communities of North Adams and Williamstown, and transform the world through our deepening discipleship.”
Pastor Dan came to us from the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church (UMC), in New York City, where he served as Executive Secretary for Missionary Selection and Accompaniment. There he oversaw the discernment, recruitment, and selection process for United Methodist missionaries from around the world.
Dan received his Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School at Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education Ministry from Seattle Pacific University. He also has completed one year of study in the Master of Arts in Religious Studies program at Rothberg International School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.
After seminary, Dan and his wife, Courtney, were Global Ministries missionaries in Latvia. For two-and-a-half years Dan and Courtney worked with young adults, leadership development, local church ministry, and camping ministries. While in Latvia, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Ceara.
After Latvia, The Randall family moved to Maine where Dan served as the mission interpreter for the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the UMC. In this role, he traveled to churches, district trainings, and conference events throughout the jurisdiction to promote relationships within the missionary community. While living in Maine, the Randall family expanded again to welcome a son, Caleb.
In addition to his work with the church, Dan has often volunteered his time for disaster relief and response in such places as Uganda, Honduras, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Panama, Albania, and Nicaragua. Most recently (March 2013), he volunteered as a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission team leader for the earthquake recovery effort in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Pastor Courtney grew up in Ohio, and graduated with a B.A. in elementary education from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. She worked with AmeriCorps in Chicago and Colorado before moving to North Carolina to teach math and science in middle school. She earned her Master of Divinity from Duke University.
Upon graduation, Courtney and her husband Dan served as missionaries with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in Latvia. For two-and-a-half years they worked with young adults, leadership development, local church ministry, and camping ministries. While in Latvia, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Ceara.
Before coming to the Northern Berkshire region, Pastor Courtney served churches in North Carolina, Maine, and New Jersey. While living in Maine, the Randall family expanded again to welcome a son, Caleb.
On October 10, 2010, the First United Methodist Churches of North Adams and Williamstown voted to merge into one church serving Northern Berkshire County. As of January 1, 2011, we officially became a new church in search of a new name and a new location. On March 15, 2012, we chose our name - New Hope United Methodist Church. Also during this time we formed a strategy team to help us envision how to become a viable congregation once again. We knew that we could not sustain a full-time pastor, yet we also knew that we needed full-time leadership to keep us moving forward.
In June 2013 we took another bold step of faith as we decided to go "all in," and in a special meeting with Bishop Devadhar, DS Heidi Chamberlain, and Rev. Rick McKinley, we were offered a full-time pastor with pertinent education and experience. With consultation and recommendation, we agreed that this new pastor would spend about 20 percent of her/his time cultivating the current congregation and 80 percent of her/his time building relationships in the community, restarting the church, and planting new worshipping groups. Because we made this decision right before Annual Conference, we did not have time to get a July 1 appointment, yet Bishop Devadhar appointed a full-time clergy to begin September 1, 2013.
Both former First UMC congregations have rich legacies of Christian Education programs, social justice action, community engagement, and community service. Unfortunately, as Christianity has lost credibility in culture accompanied by a decline in industry and employment in the area, most congregations in the area have experience a general decline in attendance and giving. Even so, throughout this time we have continued to pay our apportionments fully, and engage the community in outreach.