New Hope

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Baptist Church

Meet Our Pastor

Ritchie Emerson

I surrendered to preach in March of 2003 while we were attending FBC Hamilon. I have pastored two churches: Barnesville Missionary Baptist (6 years) and New Hope. I have also been involved in the Marion County Cowboy church and been an active member of the Marion County Baptist Association until coming to New Hope.

Some of my favorite scriptures are  

You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.–John 15:16

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.–John 14:6

For so God loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.–John 3:16.

My favorite Bible 'characters' are John and Jeremiah.

Funniest moment while preaching: during a sermon at FBC Hamilton, the lights in the church were burning the top of my head. Durning the middle if the sermon, I stopped and yelled/pointed "that light right there is hot as fire"!

 Fun Facts about

Bro. Ritchie and Family:


 Bro. Ritchie Emerson:

• Birthday: October 15

• Youngest of 8 siblings

• Graduate of Hackleburg High School

• Works for Alabama DOT along with pastoring New Hope Baptist Church.

• Fun Fact: Many people know Bro. Ritchie as “Moose”!

Mrs. Carol Emerson:

• Birthday: May 20

• Youngest of 3 Siblings

• Graduate of Erwin High School (Birmingham) and Auburn Pharmacy School

• Works for CVS in Red Bay, Alabama.

• Fun Fact: Mrs. Carol played the saxophone in her high school’s band.

Mary Dee Emerson

• Birthday: April 6

• Oldest daughter

• Graduate of Hamilton High School and Blue Mountain College

• Earned a degree in Elementary Education in May 2013.

• Fun fact: Mary Dee is named after her great grandmother.

Sarah Emerson

• Birthday: October 15

• Youngest Daughter

• Graduate of Hamilton High School and UNA. Attending Samford.

• Fun Fact: Sarah is a leader on UNA student government.

Gus Emerson - Dog

• Weimerainer Puppy

• 7.5 months old

• Weighs 65 pounds

• Can be seen on all of the family’s Facebook and Instagram Accounts

• Fun Fact: Gus thinks he is in charge.

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