A response to Channel 4

From the Trustees of Hope City Church

SUBJECT – A Channel 4 news report in the UK (February 2018) stating that Hope City Church makes ‘no secret of its homophobic views’.

The Trustees of Hope City Church wish to reiterate their sadness that a report by Channel 4 News indiscriminately linked Senior Pastor Dave Gilpin with homophobic views during a report on City Hearts.

City Hearts is an organisation that was founded in 2005 to help women with life controlling issues principally through residential care. It has gone on to be largely involved with the rehabilitation of women, men and families that have been rescued from human slavery. It has its own distinct Trustees and operational guidelines.

We understand that City Hearts has carried out a thorough internal enquiry and independent investigation of issues brought up in the Channel 4 report which The Charity Commission deemed complete at the end of June 2019.

We feel it is important to clarify the position of Hope City Church and in particular the association of Senior Pastor David Gilpin with homophobia.

We would like to make it clear that the leadership of Hope City Church, including Dave Gilpin, would never condone, of have ever condoned, any view that could be considered homophobic. We believe in the basic human right for people to choose their sexuality and we respect that choice and uphold the values of diversity and equality.

We have also expressed our sorrow on many occasions on how the evangelical church has dealt with issues of homosexuality harshly in times past. Instead of infusing everything with understanding and respect, many people have been rejected and alienated and have lost their faith along the journey. This has affected us greatly.

We cannot go back in time, but we can re-emphasise our love, support and compassion for people from all backgrounds and from all walks of life and build a church based entirely upon freedom of choice as well as personal desires.

Our Church is the home of people of hugely varied ethnicities, ages and backgrounds including the poor of society and those prospering in society. It is also home to a small number of people from LGBTQ+ orientations.

Our doctrines are traditional and our values prevent them from ever being stripped of love and compassion. Our sermons are constantly reviewed to maintain that they are grace filled and mercy led. Our desire is to bring out the best in all people, with the help of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For more information about what we believe, please visit: https://hopecity.church/our-beliefs/