Welcome to Hope United Methodist Church! Hope Church seeks to connect our neighborhood with the love of God. You are invited to come and  worship with us every Sunday at 11:00AM.

We also have Sunday School during the school year at 9:30AM and a wide variety of missions, Bible studies, and activities throughout the year. Check our Facebook page for the latest information.

Giving to Hope Church

You can now give your regular tithes and offerings through our Vanco Payments Portal. Just click the link and follow the directions.

Thank you for your generosity!

Pastor Matthew Kofahl

Meet Pastor Matthew Kofahl:

Pastor Matt and Mary Kofahl

I became the pastor of Hope Church seven years ago and in that time I’ve been stretched and challenged by the reality of being the church in our time and in our community. I love our church and I love the United Methodist Church. I am a life-long United Methodist, growing up nearby in Niagara Falls. I graduated Houghton College, attended Asbury Theological Seminary and finally graduated from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in 2012.

I am passionate about the ministry and mission of Hope Church. I have a desire to see the Gospel succeed in our community because I believe it the hope of the community and the world.

My hobbies include running a group cycling studio out of the church, running, music, and hanging out with my wife and three daughters. God has been good to me and I enjoy living life!


Pastor Matt’s Monthly Letter

“‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah. Jeremiah 33:14 NIV

Dear friends and members:

One of things I like about following the lectionary and church calendar is that we get a jump start on the new year. Our new year begins on the first Sunday of Advent, December 2nd. We may start the calendar new year with a sense of new resolution or excitement, but when we begin the church calendar, the start of Advent signals what our attitude should be in the church: hopefulness. We look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus and the fulfillment of all his promises in his imminent return. Speaking of imminent, it’s probably a word you wouldn’t normally associate with Jesus return. We’ve been waiting nearly 2000 years. How can it be that Jesus return is “about to happen” as the definition suggests? The answer is found in another more archaic meaning for imminent: “to overhang” and I believe that definition describes the idea of Jesus return more accurately. Jesus return permeates all that we believe in the Christian faith because Jesus has work left to do on earth. That is our hope, even when we look out at a helpless world. With that in mind, I’d like to invite to celebrate the season of Advent and Christmas in worship with us. This year, I’ll be preaching a series entitled “Christmas isn’t Christmas without…” and I’ll be filling in the blank with a key meaning each Sunday of the season. Christmas isn’t the same experience for every person, but we can all remember times in our lives when Christmas was really special. Part of the reason that Christmas has lost its magic for so many of us is that the people or the things or the traditions that made Christmas special are now gone and we wonder how we could ever find hope in the season again. This series is an opportunity to restore some of the wonder of the Advent and Christmas experience. I hope you’ll join us!

With grace and peace,

Pastor Matt Kofahl


Hope United Methodist Church

2914 Upper Mountain Rd.
Sanborn, NY 14092
(716) 731-9737
Pastor Matt email: mattkofahl@gmail.com