Who We Are
Are you new to Chesapeake Community of Hope? Thanks for checking us out! Whether you’ve attended church your whole life or never stepped foot in one, you will find that CCOH is a safe place to bring your doubts, questions, and curiosity. Our church family runs the gamut from those newly exploring faith issues to others who have been life-long followers of Jesus Christ. And we all have one thing in common – we are looking for answers in finding and growing a relationship with the living God.
Chesapeake Community of Hope is a creative, Spirit-filled ministry affiliated with the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod. That means we are a Bible-believing church, centered on Jesus Christ and convinced that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today.
Where We’ve Been
Pastor Jeff Wuertz started Chesapeake Community of Hope in his home in July 2004 with only his family. His desire is to see people grow in Christ, to flourish, and become the best version of the person God created them to be. He often reminds us that “We are all on a spiritual journey–just at different places.” Having experienced the measureless power of Jesus Christ in his own life, Pastor Jeff is passionate about showing others how they, too, can be transformed and filled with hope, joy, and peace.
In recent years Chesapeake Community of Hope has grown into a deeper understanding of spiritual gifts and their use in today’s world. Our strongest desire is to help each person know God through Jesus and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to influence and change their world – right where God has put them.
After 10 years as a “porta-church”, in August 2014 Chesapeake Community of Hope moved into its first facility, three converted bays in a warehouse across from Grassfield High School. We know God has given us a crucial job in this community; we’re excited to see what this new chapter will bring and how God will lead us, use us, and grow us to better obey Him and meet the needs of those around us.
We invite, inspire, and empower people to change the world through Jesus.
To help people intentionally develop a relationship with Jesus Christ and with others through conversion, commitment, and contribution.
Our Core Values
Acceptance/ Authenticity – There are no strangers here. We are committed to providing a friendly atmosphere where people feel welcome regardless of where they are on the journey.
Practicality - It’s a confusing world, and people need more than intellectual knowledge of God to make it through. Jesus cut through the theology of the day and ministered in a practical and life applicable way. We do the same.
Story – Every life has a story. Ask someone around CCOH if they’ve ever given a praise report, and they’ll likely say yes! It’s their story of how God works in their lives. We’re interested in your story, too!
Hospitality – Kindness is a symptom of the joy that is in our hearts. We commit ourselves to be a welcoming and inviting church. We offer generous and friendly treatment to members and guests.
Diversity – At CCOH, diversity means ethnic, social, economic, and denominational diversity. While being a Lutheran church, we rejoice that God brings people from a broad spectrum of diverse backgrounds, including those with no religious background at all! Everyone is welcome!
Biblically faithful - People in this world use the Bible to say what they want. God uses the Bible to build faith in Jesus Christ and we trust Him to change the world through us. We value God’s Word as a tool through which God accomplishes just that.
The Holy Spirit – Many Christians struggle to have joy in their walk with Jesus. We value the presence of the Holy Spirit and His empowerment to accomplish more than we ask or imagine.
Pastor Jeff received a B.B.A from the University of Iowa (he’s a Hawkeye!) and a M.Div. from Concordia Lutheran Seminary, St. Louis. He completed a one-year residency in Pastoral Care and Counseling, qualifying for chaplaincy ministry. He and his wife, Karen, were married in 1991 and have four children: Nathan, Joshua, Jason, and Danielle.