About our Church

Our vision is to see lives transformed.

Our Family Story

Meet Hector and Olina Paredes, the founders of Hope Community Church. Originally from Southern California, their journey to start a church in Switzerland began in 2019 when God led them to step out of their comfort zone. With their two children, Amelie and Tiago, they love the simple pleasures of life and are eager to make new friends, just like you. Overcoming challenges like Covid lockdowns and adapting to a new culture, their unwavering faith drives them to build a strong, Christ-centered community, one step at a time. Join us at Hope Community Church for genuine connections, deep friendships, and a shared love for God. Whether you’re seeking spiritual guidance, a support network, or a community to call home, come embark on this incredible journey with us in Bern, Switzerland. Together, let’s discover the abundant life God has in store for us right here in this beautiful country.

People, Not Buildings

It is our conviction that God is pleased by His people, not buildings or things made by human hands. We, His people, are the Church, not the place where we meet. Wherever followers of Jesus meet, or wherever they go, the church goes. Whether the gathering is large or small, two people or two-hundred people, God is present.

Focused On Community

We are focused on community and committed to investing in families. Jump into a life group, or come along with us to Worship Night on the last week of the month. Join us at one of our monthly Summer BBQs, Kids Movie Night, or celebrate with us at the Regional Worship Service where we get together with several local Swiss churches to praise God and eat together.

Purpose Driven

We believe that every person has a unique purpose given by God. As Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Our focus is on fulfilling this purpose through:

  • Worship: Experiencing God’s presence and expressing our love and adoration for Him.
  • Growing: Deepening our understanding of God and His word, and strengthening our relationship with Him.
  • Community: Connecting with others who share our faith, and providing mutual support and encouragement.
  • Serving: Using our gifts and talents to make a positive impact on our community and the world around us.
  • Sharing: Telling others about God’s love and grace, and inviting them to experience His transformative power in their lives.

We strive to create an environment where individuals can discover their true calling and live out their purpose in a meaningful way. We believe that by living out our purpose, we can make a positive impact on our community and the world around us.

Our Ministry Partners

Our Ministry Partners are invaluable assets for Hope Community Church. They are individuals, organizations, or churches that share our vision and mission to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, and they support our activities and programs in various ways. Ministry partners can provide financial support, accountability, volunteer their time and skills, offer prayer and spiritual guidance, and help spread the word about our new church’s activities and events. By partnering with like-minded organizations and individuals, Hope Community Church can extend its reach and impact in the community we serve. Ministry partners also bring diversity, experience, and knowledge to the table, helping us navigate challenges and opportunities. Overall, our ministry partners are critical for the success and growth of HCC.