In 1988 the Lord led Mississippi native Charles McArthur to plant the first PCA church in Lake County. Fresh out of seminary, Chuck and Sherri McArthur moved to the Eustis area with only two possible contacts. After several months of prayer, a small group Bible study was formed. As the Bible study expanded, it became evident that a worship facility was needed. The Lord provided a vacant health club in the heart of Eustis’ business district. The location in the Bay Street Plaza was renovated by New Hope volunteers, and the first worship service was held in January 1989.
As the church continued to grow, the Lord provided the opportunity for the church to purchase a 10 acre parcel on the north side of town near the tourist community of Mount Dora. What once was only rural pastures was becoming a community for Orlando commuters. New Hope constructed it’s facility on this site in 1994.
About that same time New Hope’s assistant pastor, Don Mountan, planted a daughter church in south Lake County. Don came to central Florida with extensive ministry experience as a senior pastor in Georgia. New Hope brought Don on board with a joint vision to begin a second PCA church in Lake County. Out of that vision came New Life PCA, located in the growing community of Clermont. New Life is now in a new building located just north of Clermont in Minneola.
In the mid 1990’s God called Chuck McArthur to plant a church in north Florida. Navy Chaplin Stan Beach served as the interim pastor as New Hope prayerful began her search for a new senior pastor.
In 1997 Dan Kerley was called as Pastor. Dan was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and a 1995 graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to New Hope, Dan had been serving as an assistant pastor of a PCA church in western Pennsylvania. His wife Lesa was a native of Lake County. Dan and Lesa both shared an extensive ministry background with Campus Crusade for Christ, having served in the campus ministry and with Crusade’s Latin America leadership. Pastor Dan’s prayer was that God would use him in equipping and leading us to fulfill our vision in becoming a servant/resource church in the 21st century.
In 2001, David Kelly, one of our members (and former teacher and coach at Eustis High School) was hired as our full-time youth director. David is married to Karen Kelly and has two children, Katherine and J.T. David graduated from University of Florida with a editing in Journalism degree in December, 1995, and graduated in May of 2016 from Reformed Theological Seminary with a Master’s of Divinity degree.
In 2005, Dan Kerley was called to be the Pastor of Shepherding and Counseling at Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church in Suffolk, Virginia.
In 2006, New Hope Presbyterian extended a call to Rev. Richard Burguet, formerly Senior Pastor of Loch Raven Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland. After he was formally interviewed by the examination committee and the floor of the Central Florida Presbytery, Richard Burguet was installed as our third Pastor. Richard is married to Anne and they have four children. Richard is a graduate of Belhaven College with his undergraduate degree in Christian Education and a minor in Bible. He later attended and graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson MS with his M.Div. degree. Since graduation in 1982, God has given Richard wide ministry experience ranging from service as an Assistant Pastor at Second PCA Greenville, SC, a solo pastor at Thomson Memorial PCA in Centreville, MS; Church Planter for Central Georgia Presbytery at Golden Isles Presbyterian Church, St. Simons Island, GA; he has done Church revitilization for Palmetto Presbytery in Columbia, SC at Southeast Presbyterian Church and served as Senior Pastor at Loch Raven Presbyterian Church, PCA.