Our Story

The Story of Peter and Lois Brayko

New Hope Church in Platteville, WI was founded nearly 73 years ago. On November 21st, 1948, Rev. Peter Brayko held the first service of New Hope Church in the Council Room of the Platteville Municipal Building. Just 15 people were in attendance. The church only grew from there. Peter and Lois’ vision for this church was for the New Hope community to be filled with Jesus’ love, healing and joy and to reach others with Jesus’ love. Peter pastored New Hope Church for 22 years, and he and his wife continued to attend and be a vital part of New Hope’s community after he resigned and until Jesus took them home. Peter and Lois were an important part and amazing support throughout the construction of our current church building, and they were absolutely delighted to see that vision fulfilled by God! Cherie was recently reminiscing that many from the church have fond memories of Peter delivering his homemade cinnamon rolls to their home on a Saturday morning! Peter passed away in 2016, and Lois passed away in April of this year.

Peter and Lois loved well. Their legacy was that God is still good and worthy to be praised even through difficult times, and that one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord! This legacy lives on in New Hope Church today. Recently, a tree was planted on the New Hope grounds as a memorial for Peter and Lois. We are blessed to be continuing the vision they had for New Hope Church!