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New Testament Missionary Baptist Church History

In the year of our Lord, May 1965, God's Holy Spirit moved upon the heart of the late Rev. William J. Jollie to organize the New Testament Baptist Church. The church's first service was held in Rev. Jollie's home located at 418 N. Pine Street.

In the year of 1967, the New Testament family moved to its current location located at 1239 E. Crockett St. The building and land was the personal property of Pastor Jollie. The building had been used for his upholstery business. He later sold the property to the church at a bargain basement price.

Rev. Jollie had a great vision for New Testament to be a beacon of light in this community. Rev. Jollie became ill in 1974, yet he continued to inspire and encourage everyone with whom he came in contact with through the preaching and teaching of God's Holy Word until he was called home to be with the Lord in March of 1976.

Since that time, these they have been called out by God to serve as under shepherds here at New Testament over the years:

  • Rev. CC. Houston (March 1976 - March 1977). Deceased. Civil Rights advocate here in the city, many describe Rev. Houston as an innovative man who was before his time and one who loved the Lord.
  • Rev. H.T. Lara (May 1977 - June 1990) went on to Pastor at Frank Jones Independent Methodist Church, Zion Fair BC and is now retired.
  • Rev. C.J. Littlefield (October 1990 - May 1997) currently the assistant Pastor at the New Union Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas.
  • The fifth and current preacher to serve as Pastor of New Testament is Rev. B.A. Willis Jr. (October 1998 - present).

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