About Us



Jesus was bold.

He challenged the religious leaders and common religious practice and welcomed the outcast. Sometimes Christians are too shy and cautious.

Jesus was humble.

He washed his disciple's feet, touched lepers and taught that the least would be greatest in God's kingdom.

We are called to be like Jesus.

We are to love, forgive, worship, pray and serve as he did.

Our Core Values reflect the same Biblical truths that Jesus taught his disciples. We work to apply these lessons to modern life.

We value Jesus Christ and the Bible, striving to live as Jesus did, and seeking to apply the Scripture in our lives.

We acknowledge our Human Condition by focusing on our own weaknesses instead of the weaknesses of others. In recognizing that our weakness is made strong in relationship with Christ, we challenge ourselves to act in Boldness for Christ as He has done for us.

We believe that each of us has a Mission to honor Jesus’ call to go into the world and share the Good News in word and deed. Every member and attendee is blessed when they serve in Ministry, and we encourage Creativity by giving each other room to try new things.

We find Unity in essentials of faith, allow the freedom of Diversity in the non-essentials, and show love in all things.

Within The Body of Christ (The Church), we regard corporate worship, the sacraments, preaching and teaching, and prayer as the engine that keeps the church growing and serving.










Our Story
  • The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church purchases 10 acres of land at Swamp Pike and Reifsnyder Road for the establishment of a new church.
  • Bishop F. Herbert Skeete appoints David M. Lewis to be the organizing pastor of this new congregation.
  • Pastor Dave recruits interested people to pray and conduct a telephone campaign and mail follow-up to spread the word.
  • New Hanover United Methodist Church holds its first service at Boyertown Junior High East, with 250 people in attendance. 
  • The first Sunday School classes begin.
  • Groundbreaking is held for a 13,000 square foot church facility on Swamp Pike.
  • The first worship services in what is now the Chapel side of our Swamp Pike building are attended by over 950 people.
  • A third worship service at 9 am begins.
  • Saturday Night services begin.
  • The inaugural If You Build It, They Will Run 5k Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is held.
  • Groundbreaking is held for a new 34,000 square foot worship and ministry space.
  • The Sanctuary side of our Swamp Pike building is dedicated.
  • Journey to Bethlehem, an outdoor dramatic event written by Pastor Gil, is held for the first time.
  • Building begins for a feeding and worship center called Hillsfoot, near Palencia, Guatemala.
  • The first New Hanover softball teams are formed.
  • The Celebrate Recovery ministry begins at New Hanover, and as the ministry grows, lives are transformed and powerful testimonies are spread.
  • Pastor Wendy Orzolek leaves New Hanover to start a daughter congregation, North Star United Methodist Church in Exeter Township.
  • Eight-year-old Charlotte Wendel falls into a coma in December and is diagnosed with encephalitis caused by an ovarian teratoma. The stories of Charlotte and Nathan Morath, who suffers from a mitochondrial disease, inspire the non-profit Happy 2 Be Home. By 2012, Charlotte miraculously recovers from her illness. She continues to inspire us!
  • The Women's Ministry hosts its first Women's Breakfast, featuring music, drama, and testimony from members of this congregation. The Breakfast grows into a tri-annual event that draws hundreds of women to New Hanover.
  • In December, New Hanover has its first weekend with over 2,000 people in attendance for services featuring the Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra and New Hanover Choir's Christmas program.
  • The first Full Stage Weekend, featuring our worship band, choir, and orchestra, is held.
  • An orphanage for boys in Malawi, named "Hanover House" in honor of the generous giving of this congregation, opens. Planning begins for a girls' orphanage.
  • New Hanover hosts its first ticketed concert featuring modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty, along with our choir.
  • A orphanage for girls is opened in Malawi and a team of 5 from NHUMC are there for the dedication.
  • A million dollar renovation was completed including the Chapel, lobby, kitchenette and main office.
  • After 30 years of service Pastor Dave Lewis retired on June 30, 2017.  Pastor José "Ricky" Ayala was appointed to serve at New Hanover UMC starting on July 1, 2017.



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