About us

Welcome to New Bethel Baptist Church!

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Our History – 1952

The New Bethel Baptist Church was organized with eight members on December 8, 1952, in the home of the late Pastor Luther McCraw, at 628 Indiana Avenue, Venice California. After approximately two months, the church moved to a storefront at 1138 Washington Blvd. in Venice. The late Brother Leslie Moore became New Bethel’s first Deacon. The Lord added to the church and soon we were blessed with three officials; Brother Claude Hurrington, Chairman of the Deacon Board; Brother Leslie Moore, Church Treasurer; Brother Roosevelt Easley, Trustee.

1952 – 1967

As the congregation grew, there was a need to expand. Though the membership was few in numbers, Pastor McCraw and Deacon Moore made a personal investment in property on Westminster Avenue for a church site. However, after the property was purchased it was learned that the zone would not permit a church building.  Pastor McCraw was notified that the church of Nazarene was considering relocating. A meeting was arranged with the boards of the two churches. After a follow-up meeting between the two churches, approximately ten days later, a plan was agreed upon by the boards for means of purchase. With approximately forty members, in September 1957, the Lord brought us to our present location. In June 1967, the Lord blessed New Bethel to burn its’ mortgage. When Pastor McCraw was called home to be with the Lord, he was in possession of the finalized plans for the remodeling of the educational center.

1974 – 1985

June 1, 1974, Larry K. Reece became Pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church. He came not as a stranger of the church as he was Pastor McCraw’s son-in-law. Sincere leadership and a spirit of humility were found in Pastor Reece. The height of his desire was to see lost men and women come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Pastor McCraw left a blue print of his dream and making this dream a reality became top priority for Pastor Reece. However, how to finance the project posed a problem. The membership gradually became aware of their individual responsibility. With this support the Pastor and New Bethel was able to complete the remodeling of the Educational Center as well as other smaller projects that needed to be done. After twelve year of leadership, Pastor Reece was called home to be with the Lord

1986 – Current

On July 6, 1986, Marvis L. Davis Sr. became Interim Pastor of New Bethel. On Sunday, October 5, 1986, New Bethel extended a unanimous call to Marvis L. Davis Sr., to serve as Pastor. God’s word gives us the operation of the continuation of the dream (Eph. 4:11-12) “and he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ;” The interpretation of the dream can be found in Pastor Davis’ ministry as follows: Nursery Ministry; Children’s Ministry; Youth Ministry; Young Adult; Singles, Couples, Family, Men, Women, Seniors, Music, Evangelism, Discipleship and Christian Education Ministries.

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