Hope Bible Institute (HBI) was created by the pastoral staff at Hope Christian Fellowship (HCF). Pastor Alphonso Galvano (Lead Pastor) and Pastor Luis Diaz (Associate Pastor) agreed that HCF was filled with young individuals passionate about God, yet they lacked an understanding of sound biblical doctrine. For this reason, Hope Bible Institute was created.
As discussions continued about HBI, the vision expanded beyond the local church at HCF and into the entire Rochester community. In doing so, both Pastor Alphonso and Pastor Luis believed that it was important to find pastors and elders from congregations outside of HCF to aid in investing and teaching the students. This allowed them to reach out beyond HCF and at the same time help other congregations by assisting them with equipping the saints. By God’s grace, this desire is being accomplished one trimester at a time.
It is HBI's goal to help develop the disciple into a servant-leader who is effective in their home, local church, and community. In addition, HBI wants to help men and women deepen their relationship with God via in-depth study through critical thinking and practical ministry with hands-on experience.