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Rev. Daniel Eplee

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Grace and Peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ!

We are thrilled you are here, on the Church's website and on the Pastor's Page. The United Methodist Church is episcopal meaning we have a bishop who appoints pastors to church. New Hope is in the South Carolina Conference and more specifically within the Greenwood District of the Conference. Bishop Jonathan Holston appointed me to New Hope in 2015, and I have been blessed to serve this church ever since.

If you are looking to learn about me, I first must tell you about Jesus. Jesus was a human, as you and I are humans, who lived nearly 2,000 years ago. He was not just a human, however as He was fully God, born the Son of God. As God, Jesus brought with Him the Kingdom of God and in bringing this into our world, He was crucified, died, and buried. On the third day, He rose, we celebrate this with the Church around the world on Easter Sunday, Sunday is also the day of the week we always worship, for Jesus rose on the first day of the week. The risen Christ sent upon His disciples the Holy Spirit, so that they may continue in what Jesus started, participate in the Kingdom of God. I must tell you about Jesus, before telling you about myself because I would not be who I am without Him. I experience the Kingdom of God as the Father drew me into faith in Jesus and kindled in me the fire of the Holy Spirit. 

One morning when I was in my 20's I prayed to the Lord after a Spirit filled devotional that if God would just let me share the Spirit with others and get by in life, then I would do it, serving God for the rest of my life. It was then, that morning God called me into ministry. I humbly and thankfully serve New Hope United Methodist Church and the Pomaria Community looking to share the Holy Spirit and participate in the Kingdom of God. In serving God in these ways, I am confident that God will bring to fulfillment that which Jesus Himself prayed that we may become one just as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one (John 17).

"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." -Colossians 3:17