Program Overview

Through our partnership with Northwest University, New Hope Community Church School of Leadership students get the very best of both the academic and practical ministry worlds. Northwest University faculty and New Hope staff will speak into your life on a regular basis, implanting the education and skills that you need to fulfill God’s plan for you. 
Students in the New Hope Community Church School of Leadership will be enrolled full-time in Northwest University (NU) taking online classes. The NU courses are equivalent in every way to those taught on NU’s Kirkland campus, while remaining sensitive to New Hope Community Church’s ministry philosophy. Concurrent with your courses, you have the opportunity to serve as an student at a thriving church where you can apply your lessons to real-world needs within New Hope’s community, focusing on a specific ministry within the church, and working closely with a member of our pastoral team.

Who’s it For?

Whether you plan on being a full-time or part time student, pursuing an AA, BA or ministry credentials, this program prepares you for God’s call on your life. The New Hope Community Church School of Ministry and Leadership allows you to get this practical training and a university degree at a reasonable cost (at a time when the cost of higher education is skyrocketing), all at a local church.

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Ready to Apply?

If you have any questions, please contact the School of Leadership Directors, Pastor Chris and Lori Soto using the form or phone at 408.842.4857

Meet our Directors

Pastor Chris & Lori Soto serve as one of the Executive Pastors at New Hope. They also serve as the Directors of the School of Ministry & Leadership. They have a desire to help those who feel called to ministry. Over the years they have helped countless people reach their educational goals. They have also assisted with training and equipping students for full-time ministry. They have huge hearts and are passionate about helping students reach their full potential. 
Chris and Lori have been married since 1994. They have two children and currently reside in Gilroy.