"looking for that blessed hope..."  titus 2:13


a good place to call home!

Welcome to the official site of Blessed Hope Baptist Church, located in beautiful Raymond IL!


Here you will find old fashion singing, old fashion preaching from the precious King James Bible, and old fashion fellowship from some of the sweetest folks this side of Heaven!


We'd love to have you join us for Services! You won't want to miss what God is doing at BHBC.



COVID-19 Safety Precautions:  Here are the answers to a few questions you may have.


Is there anyone who should NOT come?

If you are sick, feeling sick, or have been exposed to someone with COVID, we ask that you take care of yourself, rest up, and join us online.

Should I wear a mask?

The CDC recommends that people wear a facemask in a public setting when the distancing measures are difficult to maintain. We have tried, with great extent, to keep our pews and isle ways open to accommodate the recommended 6ft distancing.

You are free to follow these recommendations, if you so choose, and would like to wear a mask.

Are visitors stilled allowed to come?

Absolutely!! We welcome visitors in our community to be part of our service. Of course, all visitors and members alike will be asked to abide by our health & safety protocols.


What should I expect when entering the building?

In addition to a warm welcome and a spirit of excitement, everyone will notice several safety measures when entering.

To list just a few, you will notice:

  • Hymns are being projected on the front walls and no Church bulletin

  • French entry doors are being left open to limit contact

  • Medical Grade Air Filtration systems run in our Sunday School rooms and Auditorium, the entire length of the services


How will the seating be handled in the auditorium?

All our pews have been spaced six feet apart to comply with social distancing recommendations.

We're gonna make it through this... together


worship with us

Sunday School

Sunday School - 9:30am

Children - Mrs Brenda Hegel

Teens - Youth Pastor Ty Irwin

College - Bro Jon Wagahoff

Ladies - Mrs Diane Wagahoff

Mens - Bro Dave Ernst

Sunday Morning & Evening

Morning Worship - 10:30am

Preaching Message

Pastor, Dr James L Wagahoff

Sunday Evening - 6pm

Preaching Message

Pastor, Dr James L Wagahoff

Wednesday Services

Bible Study & Prayer - 6:30pm

Pastor, Dr James L Wagahoff

Wednesday Youth Groups

Children - Mrs Audrey Wagahoff

Bible Club - Mrs Virginia McKinney

Teen - Youth Pastor Ty Irwin

church staff


Jonathan J Wagahoff

Associate Pastor

Bro Jon Wagahoff became our Song Leader in July of 2000, and was voted in as our Associate Pastor in October of 2006.


He has served as our Youth Pastor, a Sunday School Teacher, Church Treasurer, and as our Church pianist over the years. 


He holds a Degree of Advanced Biblical Studies.

He married his wife, Ms Amy (McMurtry), in November of 2008.
Ms Amy serves as our church pianist.

On November 8, 2020, the Church unanimously voted to call Bro Jonathan to be the next Pastor here at BHBC.

He is excited about the future of Blessed Hope!

Dr James L Wagahoff


Pastor Wagahoff served as our Interim Pastor when the Church started in September of 1980, and became our Pastor in May of 1986.


He holds a Graduate of Theology Degree from Calvary Baptist Seminary and a Doctorate Degree from Blessed Hope Baptist College.

He married his wife, Ms Diane (Jarman), in September of 1969. They have 6 children, 6 children-in-laws, 14 grandchildren, and 3 grandchildren-in-laws.

Pastor Wagahoff will remain here at Blessed Hope, but he will be retiring as our Pastor as of December 27, 2020.

He looks forward to God using him in new ways!!

Ty M Irwin

Youth Pastor

Bro Ty Irwin has served as our Youth Pastor since May of 2013, and has a great love for the Youth here at BHBC.


He holds a Degree of Advanced Biblical Studies as well as a Bachelor's Degree from Grace Baptist Bible College.

He married his wife, Ms Rachel (Wagahoff), in October of 2011. They have 4 children, a son Tommie, a daughter Abigail, and sons Josiah and Silas. Ms Rachel also serves as our choir pianist here at the Church.


715 S O'Bannon St

PO Box 603

Raymond IL  62560


Ch 217-250-9688

Pastor 217-710-6067

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