Who we are. Where we come from. Where we're going.
More than anything else, we want you to know that New Bethel Baptist exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. NBBC is a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.
New Bethel Baptist Church started over 65 years ago in February of 1952 as a group of Christians met with the purpose of taking the Gospel to people in Norwood, its surrounding areas, and all around the world. The church first met in a rented building on the corner of Forest and Norwood Avenue with 65 original members. That original building still stands on that corner, adjacent to the church's current home. From a humble beginning in a room that had once been a pool-hall, New Bethel embarked on a new journey and decided to buy their 1st property. Fast forward 6 months and the 1st addition was built and completed in early 1955. From there the church continued to grow and prosper. So much so, that the church had to expand, and on August 7th, 1967, ground was broken on where the worship center now stands. In February 18th, 1968 the very first service in the new addition was held. During this service, 10 came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, 10 people were baptized, and the church received 2 new members. God continued to work over the years, and on the churches 30th birthday, there was a note burning service to celebrate the church paying off $225,000 in debt. From there the church would go on to build a brand new family life center now known as the Bayside Building. Ground was broken in 2005, and 2 years and $449,000 later, the gym was opened.
New Bethel has seen many great things over the course of its existence, but we believe we are just getting started. We believe that the greatest years of this church are the ones that are to come. Our future is bright, and our God is big. We are putting our faith in Him to lead us to new heights, and we invite you to join us on this journey as we seek to reach as many people as possible for the cause of Christ.
Most importantly, no matter where you are right now, someone at New Bethel has been in your shoes. You're always welcome here, in fact we're saving a seat just for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the family.
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