When Anchored Hope Church was founded in Troy in 2012, it was nothing more than an idea. It was a group of people who wanted a different type of church made of those who had left the church in the past, and were looking to regain their faith in Jesus Christ.
A small group held prayer inside the old Troy Fire House, and the first official service was held in the Bonfils Auditorium.
From those humble beginnings, Anchored Hope has grown into a recognized church on Boone Street that has drawn a diverse congregation that has grown as Lincoln County has grown.
“Lincoln County has had so much potential for a long time,” said Pastor Michael Davis, who came to Troy from Nebraska eight years ago, where he was pastoring a church of 400 congregation. “It’s drawn so many types of different people wanting to start a marriage, and wanting to start a family, as well as some people wanting to start a new beginning.
“We came here to do the same thing. We want to support that next generation.”
Anchored Hope has been supporting the next generation by forming a partnership with Main Street Elementary. The church “adopted” the school by helping the school’s underprivileged students, as well as other activities, making it the first relationship of its kind in the area.
“We’ve always wanted to bring something unique to the area, and not replicate what other people are doing,” Davis said.”It’s awesome to see that kind of partnership, and how other schools have also started forming those partnerships.”
In addition to its relationship with Main Street Elementary, Anchored Hope partners with the St. Louis Food Bank to hold a mobile food pantry on the second Wednesday of every month. The church also hosts an “Affordable Christmas Shop” during the holidays, where underprivileged families can purchase gifts at a tenth of the cost of retail.
“The people here want to support the needy,” Davis said. “It’s easy to be a church in Troy because everyone is so supportive of the needy.”
The church also holds an annual “Daddy-Daughter” dance. Davis said it is another way to bring all walks of life in the community together.
“We want to foster a healthy relationship between father and daughter,” he said. “We want to foster healthy relationships at every season of life.”
Davis also said he is proud to see how the Troy community has welcomed the churches, and the partnerships within the schools and the businesses, which has helped a great deal of people change their preconceived notions about Christians and Christianity.
“It’s cool to see how Troy has partnered with the churches,” he said.”We all want the same thing, and that’s to see the next generation succeed without an agenda.”
Anchored Hope saw an increase in its congregation during the novel coronavirus pandemic, and Davis said he wants to use this growth to bring even more good to the Lincoln County community.
“During the pandemic, we’ve seen a growth in our church, and we’ve used that to our advantage,” he said. “We’ve seen more artists come in, as well as others. We want to expand.
“The vision of our church has never been small. We want more people to partner with us, and see what happens.”