Church History

Early 2000s: Pastor Fletcher served as Youth Pastor at Faith Chapel Church of God in Christ (COGIC)
2006: Established City of Hope International (COHI), a non-denominational church
2011: COHI assumed the Faith Chapel COGIC facility and continued its mission

Guiding Principles

Mission

We exist to HONOR God in everything, to EVANGELIZE everywhere, and to PRODUCE according to the power of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Vision

We strive to be a relevant, biblically-based, and multicultural ministry that seeks to grow, develop, and mobilize disciples of Jesus Christ.

Values

  • We value God’s Word as the ultimate guide of our natural and spiritual life.
  • We value being a multicultural and multigenerational faith community.
  • We value authentic worship.     
  • We value personal responsibility.
  • We value, moral, financial, and spiritual integrity.
  • We value every person’s individual purpose, function, and significance.

Church Statement of Faith

We believe in one God, creator of all things, who has revealed Himself in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is the supreme being, the source of all power, wisdom, and moral authority. 

(Genesis 12:33; Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; I Timothy 1:17; John 1:1-2; John 8:58; Heb. 1:8; I John 1:2; Micah 5:2; Revelation 1:8; Hebrews 9:14; Romans 1:20)

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, completely truthful in its entirety without contradictions or error and is the authority by which we base our faith, conduct, and doctrine.

(Matthew 5:18, John 17:17, II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:19-21)

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, and in His personal return to earth with power and glory. 

(Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7, Matthew 1:18-25, John 1:1-3, Colossians 2:9, Isaiah 53:5-6, Luke 24:36-43, Acts 1:6-11, Romans 3:21-26, I Corinthians 15:3-8, Galatians 3:13, Colossians 1:13-14, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 20:6)

We believe in the infilling of the Holy Spirit as a gift to believers who ask for it as well as the operation of the nine gifts of the Spirit as stated in scripture.

(Act 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:6, I Corinthians 12:4-11)

We believe that man was created by God in His own image and is not the product of evolution; he fell into sin through personal disobedience to the revealed will of God; as a result, all mankind is sinful in nature and practice, cannot save himself, and faces eternal separation from God. 

(Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7; 3:1-24, Matthew 19:4, Mark 7:21-23, John 8:42-44, Romans 1:18; 3:10; 5:1, Ephesians 2:1-3)

We believe that salvation is available to everyone, and the only means of attaining this salvation and being free from sin is through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

(John 1:11-13; 3:16; 5:24, Acts 16:31, Romans 3:23-26; 5:8, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5, Hebrews 7:24-25, I Peter 1:18-19, I John 5:11-13)

We believe in the priesthood of the believer.  That every believer has a unique relationship to the Lord.  As His children, every Christian has immediate access to the throne of grace and the ability to manifest the power of the Lord Jesus Christ in ministry and in their personal lives.  It is part of the authority of the believer to ask freely of the Lord for his needs.

(I Peter 2:9, Hebrews 4:16, Revelations 1:6-8)

We believe in a literal Heaven, where the righteous will enjoy everlasting life in the presence of our Lord; and, in a literal Hell, a place of everlasting punishment for the wicked (unsaved).

(II Peter 3:10-13, Revelation 21:1-4; Mark 9:43-48, II Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 20:11-15)

Pastor Terrell Fletcher

Pastor Terrell Fletcher is the senior pastor of City of Hope International Church in San Diego, California. The second oldest of five children, he was born September 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Throughout high school, Pastor Fletcher excelled in football, and after graduation, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where in 1996, he was awarded a bachelor’s degree in English literature. From 1995 to 2003, he played football in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Diego Chargers. During this time, he also attended San Diego Seminary. In 2005, he received his master’s degree in religious studies. At the close of his football career, Pastor Fletcher felt called into full-time ministry; and in 2006, he founded City of Hope International Church. In 2016, he was ordained a bishop over sixteen churches within the River Fellowship Network.

Inspired by the challenge of transitioning from professional football to his next career, Pastor Fletcher released his first book, The Book of You: Discover God’s Plan and Transform Your Future, in 2017 to affirm the redemptive beauty of transformation. In 2018, he completed his doctorate in transformational leadership and continues to use his education and experience to challenge his audience to live up to their full potential “on purpose and with purpose.”

Pastor Terrell Fletcher is married with three beautiful children: twins (a boy and a girl) and a bonus daughter.

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