was originally organized in 1929 under the leadership of Elder
H. C. Samuels and members of Miami, FL. A storm came and destroyed
the structure and all records. With dismay and disappointment,
Elder Samuels returned to Miami.
a few years later, after the first attempt to organize the church,
a small group of members met to organize the church. The meeting
was a success and the church was reorganized. The officers at
the time of the reorganization were Deacon H. Upshaw, Deacon W.
McNair, trustees, Mother Bryant, and Mother Queen Upshaw. Services
were held in the home of Deacon and Mother Upshaw until the church
was built at 1000 N. W. 10th Avenue and 6th Street (Sistrunk Blvd.)
M. L. Vaughn was the first pastor after the reorganization of
the church. Other devout christian preachers that this church
has had as pastors were Elders Gallon, Martin, M. G. Hall, William
Payne, J. S. Snelling, and H. K. Kinsey. After Elder J. S. Snelling
was elected pastor in 1957, the membership increased and he saw
the need for a larger building. In 1958 land was purchased at
1100 N. W. 29th Terr. in Fort Lauderdale, FL and the church was
H. K. Kinsey was elected pastor in September 1960. Under Elder
Kinsey's leadership, the fellowship hall and baptismal pool was
L. V. Hobbs was elected pastor in 1972. He served New Bethel faithfully
as pastor for 38 years until he was called home to be with his
Lord on May 28, 2011. Under his leadership the church experienced
spiritual and numerical growth, capital improvements were made
to the building, and four lots were purchased for parking.
the loss of our beloved Elder Hobbs, New Bethel went through a
transitional phase and Elder John Henry Everett assumed the role
of interim pastor from May 2011-December 2013.
of 2013 the church elected Elder Jaymes Mooney of Nashville, TN
as our next pastor, and he graciously accepted. We anticipated
great things under his leadership, and have already witnessed
God use him in a powerful way. New Bethel's new mission is to
" Change Lives in a R.E.A.L. Way”. The vision of New
Bethel is to provide ministry that is Relevant, Evangelistic,
Authentic, and Loving. In three years of leadership, the congregation
has experienced significant growth both spiritually and numerically.
He has also led the congregation to capital improvements to the
church sanctuary and community centered projects.
was once a strong storm that destroyed our building, but that
did not break us. We have experienced tragedies and trials, but
that did not shake us. There even were times Satan threw his fiery
darts, but even that did not overtake us. To God be the glory
for the great things he has done, he has done marvelous things,
Praise The Lord!