New Hope Baptist Church (Newark)

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New Hope Baptist Church
The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey
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Location 106 Sussex Ave, Newark, NJ 07103
Country United States
Denomination Baptist
Founded June 2, 1903 (1903-06-02)
Founder(s) Addie Vine
Maggie Vine

New Hope Baptist Church is a church in Newark, New Jersey located at 106 Sussex Avenue in University Heights.


New Hope began its services as a “mission” in the home of Addie and Maggie Vine. The church organized on June 2, 1903 by the small but growing African American community in Newark and incorporated on May 1, 1918.[1]

Famous members of the congregation include late R&B singer Whitney Houston, who grew up attending the church and singing in the choir, as well as her cousins Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick. Whitney's mother Cissy Houston is also a lifelong active member of the congregation, and serves on the Deaconess Board.


In 2010, Cory Booker kicked off his Newark mayoral re-election bid.[2] Cissy Houston has long been a musical influence on the church.[3] Funeral services for Whitney Houston,[4] a lifelong member of the congregation, were held at the New Hope Baptist Church.[5] [6] NJ Governor Chris Christie began his inauguration activities at the church in 2009 and 2014.[7][8]

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Coordinates: 40°44′46″N 74°10′47″W / 40.74611°N 74.17972°W / 40.74611; -74.17972

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