New Hope Baptist Church (Newark)

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New Hope Baptist Church
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Location106 Sussex Ave, Newark, NJ 07103
CountryUnited States
FoundedJune 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

  1. ^ "New Hope Baptist Church of Newark, a beginning - African American Registry". Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Wharton, Jonathon L. (2013). "A Post-Racial Change Is Gonna Come Newark, Cory Booker, and the Transformation of Urban America". Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-27771-8. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  3. ^ Carter, Barry (February 13, 2012). "Carter: The church Whitney Houston left speechless is still singing her praises". Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  4. ^ McCall, Tris (May 12, 2012). "At Gospelfest, big tributes for Whitney Houston". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  5. ^ Lustig, Jay (February 16, 2012). "Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys to sing at Whitney Houston's funeral service in Newark". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  6. ^ Nir, Sarah Maslin (February 18, 2012). "Amid Police Presence, Fans Congregate for Houston's Funeral in Newark". Retrieved November 21, 2017 – via
  7. ^ Portnoy, Jenna (January 21, 2014). "Gov. Christie to celebrate second-term inauguration today amid bridge, Hoboken scandals". Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  8. ^ O'Brien, Kathleen (January 21, 2014). "Christie's second inaugural begins with spirited prayer service". Retrieved November 21, 2017.

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