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New Hope Community Church was founded as a Brethren assembly, and maintained this status from its founding in 1996 until its merger with Elevation in 2008, although it would consider itself on the progressive side of the Brethren, maintaining some of its primary distinctions, while innovating culturally. <br /><br />Under the direction of Steve Tulloch (served 2002-2008 @ New Hope commended by MSC), this merged with Elevation in 2008. Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Steve graduated from Mount Carmel Bible School, his parents previously founded Island Bible Chapel (OB) @ Richards Landing, and after graduating from [[Dallas Theological Seminary]], and serving leadership with Island Bible Chapel, he served on faculty with Kawartha Lakes Bible College; <br /><br />Upon merging, Steve was able to serve as an associate pastor at Elevation without obtaining Pentecostal credentials, as from the earliest days, neither Elevation or Embassy were overtly Pentecostal, and is presently unaffiliated with either Pentecostal or Brethren networks, as an independent evangelical church.