Our Church History

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. 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. 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. 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.

OUR ministries 

God’s word gives you the operation of continuation of the dream, (Ephesians 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 word of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.The interpretation of the dream can be found in his ministries as follows: Children, Youth, Young Adults, Singles, Couples, Family, Men and Women. Pastor Davis displays a spirit of humility. He understands that God’s work is not accomplished by his ability, but his availability to follow God’s leading. Matthew 10:41 – If we receive a prophet in the name of a prophet, we will receive a prophet’s reward.
“To God Be The Glory For the Great Things He Has Done”

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Our Pastor

Dr. Marvis L. Davis, Sr. is the Senior Pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church, Venice, California for the past 30 years. Dr. Davis is a man of humility and integrity; who has served for over 42 years as an Evangelist, Pastor, Revivalist, Moderator, Teacher, Principal, Instructor and Administrator. He is the CEO, Organizer of the Seaside Community Development Corporation. Vice President of Western Baptist State Convention of California, Inc. Director of Operations at Bible Believers Christian College & Seminary. He has also served in various capacities including: President of the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Los Angeles and Southern California. Senior Pastor – National Baptist State Convention, USA, Inc. Western Baptist State Convention Moderator for the Faith District, New Landmark District and Tri County District in addition to Convention Minister. He has successfully collaborated with church members, families, community leaders and stakeholders through his active participation as: President of Los Angeles Police Department, Pacific Division Clergy Council. Representative for City of Los Angeles, Community Improvement Planning Area V Poverty Sector Representative. Volunteer Chaplain at Good Samaritan Hospital of Los Angeles. Chapel Minister, Chapel Services for various Mortuaries. Dr. Davis earned his Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Christian Education, Speech Communication and Drama Theatre from California Baptist University, Riverside, California. Following graduation, he taught High School students for two decades within the Pasadena Unified School District. He also held positions as Administrator/Vice Principal at James Christian Academy, Compton, California. During his leadership at the New Bethel Baptist Church he simultaneously earned his Master of Religious Education, Doctor of Religious Education and Honorary Doctor Divinity Degrees from Bible Believers Christian College & Seminary.


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