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.
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.
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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