Community of Hope Church was founded 10 years ago by Rusty Akers.

By Adam Wolfe

The Community of Hope Church will be celebrating its 10th anniversary after the church’s service on Sept. 20.

The celebration will feature a lunch catered by Joe’s Barbecue in Gilbert. The event will be open to Maricopans who have been a part of the church’s community over the last 10 years, or anyone that may be currently looking for a church to join. The service will start at 10 a.m. and the lunch is expected to directly follow its conclusion (likely around 11:30 a.m.).

“We’ll have an hour or so of celebrating and remembering the past,” Community of Hope Founding Pastor Rusty Akers said. “We hope to have everyone who has been a part of this church over the last 10 years be there.”

The event will be at the church (which shares space with Leading Edge Academy Charter School) at 18700 N. Porter Road. The church will set up tents outside to accommodate all of the guests.

Community of Hope plans to build on land adjacent to Leading Edge, with ground-breaking hoped for in January.

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