OUR HISTORY


In 1962, as small congregation, of less than a dozen people, located in as small "country church" building (384 Elm Street) founded what was then known as the Kearny Assembly of God Church. Their family oriented and community centered approach toward minsitry would play a vital role in forming the character and identity that God was developing in this local body of believers.

In 1973, Vincent B. Manzo became the senior pastor of the church, and over the next decade the church began to grow, as it embraced a global outlook toward ministry, in addition to the local work that it was already doing.  

By 1979, the congregation had adopted a non-denominational approach toward ministry,changing its name to "Kearny Christian Community Church" and soon after established a working relationship with Bishop Joseph Garlington and the Gulf Coast Covenant Church. 

In 1980, Bishop Garlington began to give personal pastoral oversight to our pastor, Vincent Manzo as well as apostolic oversight to the church. We continued in our ministry relationship with Bishop Garlington and the network of churches known as Reconciliation! Ministries International. RMI is a non-denominational fellowship for pastors and churches, with a global sphere of influence.  Both Pastor Vincent Manzo and Pastor David Manzo serve as board members of Reconciliation! ministries International.

In 1981, God placed in our hearts to open a Christ centered day school. We opened a Christian day school known as Kearny Christian Community Church Educational Center.

We later changed the name to Kearny Christian Academy (KCA). The school continues to operate with grades pre-school through twelve. KCA has proven to be a blessing to the youth of our church and the youth of other Christian families in the surrounding areas. Please check out our school website at www.KearnyChristianAcademy.com.

In 1988, as the church and school continued to grow, we relocated to a larger location on 151 Midland Ave.

By the fall of 2000, as Kearny Christian Academy continued to grow, we purchased an additional facility (172 Midland Avenue), specifically for the school.

As God continued to enlarge our apostolic sphere to an even greater global scale, our church was renamed to City of Hope International Church in 2001.

In 2007, God opened a door to acquire a campus which currently serves as the headquarters for our ministry.  22 Wilson Avenue in Kearny, (formerly Sacred Heart Orphanage), provides much greater room for our school, more seating for our church and opportunities to reach out and expand our potential.

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