Founded in April 1979 by David and Jean Longobardo, Hope Christian Church then known as Christian Hope Center, began as the vision of Jean Longobardo. Built to be a catalyst for transforming lives in the community, David and Jean devoted themselves to Hope. In 1988, Pastor Harry Jackson and his wife Michele answered the call of the Lord and transferred from Corning, NY to lead the ministry.
Today, almost 30 years since its conception, Hope Christian Church is comprised of over 22 nationalities and is making an impact in the community. From its participation in mentoring programs in local high schools, missions projects in Africa, providing daily assistance to families in need, to its thriving daycare program, Hope remains committed to its mission to impact the world through her community.
Harry R. Jackson, Jr. is senior pastor of Hope Christian Church, a 3,000-member congregation in the nation’s Capital with his wife Vivian Michele.
Bishop Jackson is also the Presiding Bishop of the International Communion of Evangelical Churches. This network of networks currently oversees 1000+ churches around the world.
Having earned an MBA from Harvard, Bishop Jackson approaches ministry from a unique perspective.
His writing is featured in periodicals such as Charisma, Christian Parenting, Kairos, New Man, Ministry Today, The Church Report, The Christian Post, and the Elijah List. His articles on Townhall.com and other websites are widely read. Bishop Jackson’s books to date include, In-laws, Outlaws and the Functional Family, The Warrior’s Heart, The Way of the Warrior, the Silver Medallion Award winning High Impact African-American Churches, Personal Faith Public Policy, and The Truth In Black and White.
Bishop Jackson has appeared on the CBS Nightly News, Face The Nation, BET, the O’Reilly Factor on FOX, CBN, NPR, and TBN. His articles have been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Associated Press, and many others.
He also is founder and president of High Impact Leadership Coalition, which exists to protect the moral compass of America and be an agent of healing to our nation by educating and empowering churches, community and political leaders. The energy of this organization and the grassroots mobilization produced by it have impacted government officials locally, in multiple states, and in the federal government.