Who We Are - Our Staff and Our History

  • Bishop Michael Gilcreast - Senior Pastor / Founder / President

    Are You Trying Church For The First Time? Welcome.

    Are You Trying Church For The Second Time? Welcome.

    Are You New To The Area & Looking For A Church? Welcome.

    Are You Looking For More Of You In God? Welcome.

    Did God Lead You Here & You Can’t Explain It? Welcome….

    Don’t Even Think and Make No Doubt About It, God Has Ordered Your Steps! Again, You Are Welcome In Jesus’ Name!

    “If you are looking for the a church home, Higher Hope Apostolic Church is the place for you.  Remember, where God guides, He will provide.

    Furthermore, Bishop Mike Gilcreast is partnened with the Apostolic Faith Fellowship International (AFFI), Region # 4 and serves as a Non-Diocesan Bishop.

    Michael Gilcreast Website 
  • Lady Melody Gilcreast, Co-Pastor

    Vice President

  • Evangelist Benita Williams

    Executive Administrator to Senior Pastor / Church Trustee / Security Coordinator

Our History


In early 2001, it all began with divine intervention, “A Vision from God” — On March 13, 2001, Bishop Michael Gilcreast founded, Michael Gilcreast Ministries, Inc. Soon after, Bishop Michael Gilcreast and 1st Lady Melody Gilcreast used their home on North Street, N.E., Leesburg, VA, to begin the ministry with four people. Which led to the formation of HIGHER HOPE APOSTOLIC CHURCH *(Formerly:  New Life Praise & Deliverance Church), and the first official service was held on June 3, 2001, Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA.

*The Church Scripture is: II Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.