Welcome.Living Hope Church, formerly Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church, is a contemporary, vibrant, growing church located in Lenoir, NC and made up of people from all over the Unifour Region (Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties). Click Here for service times and location.

Want to worship the Savior with us?Our Sunday services are 8:00, 9:15, and 10:45 am and 6 pm.
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We Are Passionate About Reaching the World.

Regardless of geography, whether in our local communities, or in the farthest corners of the globe, there is one unchanging variable; God loves people. He has redeemed us and given us the incredible opportunity to partner with Him in reaching the least, the lost, and the unloved with the wonderful news of a loving, life-giving Savior. We endeavor to maximize every opportunity to make His name famous.

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  • We Value the Word of God.
  • We Value Corporate Worship.
  • We Value a Consistent Witness.
  • We Value the Work of the Kingdom.
  • We Value the Community of Worshippers.

Meet Our Pastors

Pastor Keith Gilliam Senior Pastor
Pastor David Crisp Pastor of Adult Ministries
Keith Gilliam has served as the Pastor of Living HopeChurch since 1985. Born in Marion, NC, Keith attended Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA and returned to the mountains of North Carolina to pastor his first and only church. He and his wife, Lana, have two children, Jennifer and John, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Molly.
David Crisp serves as the Pastor of Adult Ministries and has been on-staff at Living Hope since 2000. David leads our Senior Adult Ministries and serves as an executive administrator. David is also a tremendous asset in pastoral care. David is married to Dawn and has two children, Jessica (and her husband Hayden) and Ben, and two grandchildren, Gabe and Natalie.
Pastor Gray Williams Pastor of Outreach and Evangelism
Pastor Matt Bartlett Pastor of Worship Ministries

Gray Williams serves as the Pastor of Outreach and Evangelism and has been on-staff at Living Hope since 2001. A graduate of Lee University, Gray’s ministry includes the development and oversight of global mission teams, outreach ministries and recruiting and training believers for ministry. Gray is married to Kim and has two children, Amanda and Bradley, and one grandson, Cameron.

Matt Bartlett, a native of North Carolina, joined the staff of Living Hope as the Pastor of Worship in March of 2016. Matt has an Associate of Arts degree in music and is a licensed minister with the IPHC. With a wealth of experience in leading worship, writing music, and even preaching and teaching, his passion and heart is to lead people to Jesus. Matt is married to Leigh Ann and they have 2 sons, Landon and Ashton.

Pastor Stephen Jones Pastor of Student Ministries
Pastor Jonathan Bryan Pastor of Children's Ministries

Stephen Jones serves as the Pastor of Student Ministries and has been on-staff at Living Hope since 2007. Stephen is a graduate of Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA, and received a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. Stephen is married to Mandy and they have one son, Nate.

Jonathan Bryan, was welcomed to Living Hope in January 2017 and serves as the Pastor of Children’s Ministries. Born in the upstate of South Carolina, and then hailing later from Northeast Georgia, Jonathan gained experience at LHC as an intern in the spring of 2016. He returned to serve on staff after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Ministries from Emmanuel College. Jonathan married Jessica, his high-school sweetheart in July 2017.


Get In Touch

  • 1890 Connelly Springs Road, Lenoir NC 28645
  • 828-728-5353
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Service Times

  • Sunday Worship Services
  • 8:00, 9:15, 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday Worship Services
  • 7:00 p.m.