Hope Center Tabernacle

We are a modern church offering uplifting, intimate worship and sound biblical teaching and sermons in a family friendly environment where everyone is made to feel welcome.  Come join a family where you will grow personally and in your walk with the Lord while enjoying the fellowship of an amazing and creative church community of believers. Get involved in outreach and ministry and make a difference your community.


Our Tribe

Loving, learning and growing. Hope Center Tabernacle is a group of like-minded believers passionately in love with Jesus and committed to serve Him and each other in a trusting, loving environment. We strive to uplift each other by creating a community that fosters love, sound biblical instruction and discipleship so that each person can reach their maximum potential in Christ. We strongly believe it is the job of the Church to challenge society and promote positive, Godly and revolutionary change in our neighborhoods, our schools, our government and most importantly, ourselves.

Our Beliefs

We believe the Bible to be the inspired and error-free word of God - His love letter to you and me. We believe that God is eternal and reveals Himself to us through three equal persons identified in the Bible as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each functioning through a hierarchical relationship and who are collectively referred to as the Trinity.  We believe man to be a special and unique creation of God made in His image for the purpose of achieving a special and intimate relationship with Him.  However, because of his own ego issues, mankind deliberately chose to disobey God and as a result broke that unique fellowship that he had with God when he was first created.

Because of God's love for us (John 3:16), and not wanting to remain separated from man, God the Father sent his unique Son to earth in the form of a man known as Jesus Christ (Phil. 2:7), the Messiah or savior spoken about in the Old Testament, and through Jesus' death and resurrection He lovingly provided a means by which a new and wonderful relationship could now be re-established between Himself and mankind. We now enjoy the opportunity to have an intimate relationship with God and to experience the Holy Spirit in our lives - the Holy Spirit empowers us to live our lives for Him (Gal. 5:16).

Lead Pastors


Mario Gonzalèz, Lead Pastor

Mario & Leigh González are the lead pastors and founders of Hope Center Tabernacle. Mario obtained his doctorate in law from Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School and his baccalaureate in economics and business from Fordham University in New York City.  He is an attorney licensed to practice law in N.Y. and N.J. He is a coffee aficionado, jazz lover, and an accomplished musician (guitar and bass) with an absolute passion to see people live their dreams for Christ. 

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Leigh Piatt-Gonzalèz, Lead Pastor

Leigh is an accomplished pianist and clarinetist. Leigh is the Chief Executive Officer of Hope Center Arts and directs a world-renowned and critically acclaimed Arts Ministry Team that is impacting both the metropolitan New York / New Jersey area and the world at large for Christ. Under her leadership, Hope Center Arts has reached a level of quality unsurpassed by other arts ministries in the United States.

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Pastoral Staff

Carlos López
Staff Pastor, Marriage Ministry

Sam López
Student Ministries Pastor

Donald St. Hilaire
Pastor of Evangelism

Vincent & Sarah DiBenedetto
Lead Pastor - Hope Center Hackettstown


Gloria Rivera-López, Elder (Bibi)

Nelson Philip, Elder

Jeanne Garroway, Elder

Renny Jagdeo, Elder

Derek Stanton, Deacon

Suleiman Yahaya, Deacon