New Bethel Missionary

Baptist Church

New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church


Church Covenant

From Then To Now


On April 8, 1910, local Baptist Missionaries met in various homes for prayer meeting and Sunday School. Later these groups held church services under an arbor on these grounds at the corner of Milton and Spring Streets.


This little church was once called "Mission," the name being derived from the Mission work done therein during the inital stages of its organization in April of 1910.


In 1912, the New Bethel Baptist Church was formally organized by Reverend J.B. Warren, assisted by Reverend E.W. Johnson, and a council composed of messengers from Bethesda and St. Paul Missionary Baptist Churches.


Reverend J.B. Warren was the first pastor of New Bethel. James Adkins and D. Jones were the first deacons.


From 1912 to 1955, the church grew from a small one-room frame building to a large brick structure with seating capacity in the main auditorium of more than 500. The church owned a fireproof six room brick parsonage and a small frame rent house. The church property has grown from a valuation of $500 to approximately $600,000.


The following ministers have served the church since it was organzied: Reverends J.B. Warren, 1912-1915; E.W. Johnson, 1915; Garland, 1917; F.B. Bums, 1919; J.E. Nealum, 1922-1926; R.T. Harris, 1927; C.H. Booker, 1929-1932; Z. Broadus, 1934-1936; Garfield Walker, 1936-1938 and M.L. Bailey served as pastor while attending Bishop College in 1938-1941. During the peeriod of 1941-1943, New Bethel Church focused its attention on another young man at Bishop College-Rev. M.C. Williams, who left to pastor a church in Omaha, Nebraska. V.M. Bailey served as pastor 1944-1948. During his tenure, New Bethel annex was erected in 1947; B.J. Bradford, 1949-1951; E.Q. Hickerson, 1951-1956; J. Rollins, 1957-1962; G.W. Reece 1962-1966 and U. Bailey 1967-1976.


The immediate past pastor, Dr. Bob D. Hines, was elected and came to us the 4th Sunday in February 1977, with a mind to work. In 1978, Dr. Hines had a dream of building a new church edifice. With his strong determination, faith in God, and the members' cooperation, the work began. The ground-breaking ceremony was held on April 27, 1980 and dedication of the new building was on March 29, 1981. The New Bethel family celebrated Dr. Hines' retirement on November 28, 1999 after 22 years of faithful service.


On April 2, 2000, Rev. Steve Miller preached his first sermon as pastor of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. With an energetic spirit and faith in the Heavenly Father, he too will continue to move New Bethel forward.




The Start

Church Covenant



      Having been led as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession on our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.


     We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.


      We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.


     We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay.


    We moreover engage that, when we remove from this place, we will soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.