In the first episode of Church Rescue, the Church Hoppers met Pastor Larry Roseboro, the leader of New Hope Baptist Church, a congregation of Bapticostals. The Hoppers are immediately taken by the energy of the congregation and their obvious adoration for Pastor Roseboro. Bapticostals are Baptists who let the Holy Spirit inhabit their bodies- singing, dancing, falling and speaking in tongues in the same way as Pentecostals. New Hope Baptist is a vibrant church and in Church Rescue: Country Salvation, the Church Hoppers roll up their sleeves to help, discovering that Pastor Roseboro has big dreams and a lot of work to do to realize them.
Hoping to build a new $1.4 million sanctuary with a modest-sized congregation, Pastor Roseboro, looks to the the Church Hoppers to give him assistance to reach his goal. With the challenges of a deteriorating building, long sermons and an uncomfortably hot church interior, they have a lot of suggestions. They leave Pastor Roseboro with some ideas to grow his congregation and realize his dream, but how is he fairing now? We checked in with the pastor to see how he was doing.
“It was a good experience,” he says of working with the Church Hoppers. What he enjoyed the most though, was his experience “street preaching.” Without a Bible and without the backup of his choir and congregation, the Hoppers had him give a concise sermon to an untried crowd. In his five minute sermon, he knocked it out of the park. “I didn’t have time to meditate on the sermon. This was one of my favorite moments. I did it and praise God, I did good!” says Roseboro.
The street preaching experience gave Roseboro confidence in his gift and also taught him the value of a more concise sermon. He is still working on keeping his sermons shorter and his congregation engaged. “I try to get them out no later than 1:30,” he says. “Sometimes we get out by one.” In the end, the Hopper’s suggestion of doing two sermons on Sunday instead of just one didn’t work out for him, however. “I might would be good,” he says, “But I just couldn’t do it with the drive.”
Roseboro is still completely dedicated to the mission of building a new sanctuary. In fact, his vision has expanded. He plans for a sanctuary that seats 350 people, more classrooms, a parking lot and ultimately he wants to build a gymnasium for not just the church, but the whole neighborhood. “The children in our community have no place to play,” he says. “I would like to be able to do more things with the young people.”
The memory of his wife is still a strong motivator in the building of New Hope Baptist Church. The year anniversary of her death was on October 20, and the church held a memorial service for her. She had been very involved in the church’s Clothes Ministry. Every year the church gathers clothing for the needy and gives what they have collected out on Christmas. However, they didn’t have anywhere to store to donations. A new storage unit was purchased with a plaque displayed in her honor.
The Pastor’s continued love for his wife of 35 years is obvious. They started dating when she was fifteen and married when she was eighteen. The new sanctuary was something that she wanted and Pastor Roseboro is still determined to make it happen for her and still misses her every day. “I’m sad she didn’t get to see the show,” Roseboro says. “She would have been tickled to death. She would have loved every minute of it!”
Pastor Roseboro is hoping that he can continue to honor his wife’s memory by breaking ground on a new sanctuary for New Hope Baptist Church in May of 2014. “We have set up our website and are hoping the donations will come,” he says. He hopes that the Church Hoppers have set him on the path to realizing his dreams.
Curious who the Church Hoppers are helping next? Tune into Church Rescue: Biker Church Reborn Monday November 18 at 10 PM et/pt and find out.