CAMBRIDGE – New Life Christian Church and Ministries Inc. held a mortgage celebration on Sunday, May 15, after paying off a 25-year mortgage in just 9 years and 3 months.
New Life Christian Church started 32 years ago. In 1989, Bishop J. Clinton Hoggard had a thought which he shared with Reverend Weldon M. Johnson. He was thinking of activist Harriet Tubman. Tubman, who was born in Dorchester County, was also a member of the AME Zion conference. Therefore, Hoggard believed that an AME Zion Church should be located in Dorchester County. Considering this challenge involved much prayer.
After much prayer, Johnson pursued the idea of undertaking such an enterprise. God was so good, as always, and a few friends they had shared the thought of a new beginning with helped Johnson find a building to start the church. This building needed renovation before a church could assemble.
Johnson, his wife and three school-aged children, along with a few supportive friends, officially opened New Life AME Zion Church on Sunday, January 7, 1990, in Cambridge.
During these 32 years, the church has improved. She moved in 1993 and renovated a second premises. As the congregation grew, Johnson realized the church needed a larger building. At that time, God inspired him that it was time to build our own sanctuary, he said.
After praying and helping the congregation, the church found a property that members believed would meet their needs and allow the church to grow and expand as needed.
On this property the church has built a new sanctuary and overflow to accommodate and serve a much larger congregation with guests/visitors as well. This is where the church holds inspiring services with the public and other churches near and far.
Over the past 32 years the church has acquired a new name, New Life Christian Church and Ministries Inc.; the pastor is now the Honorable Bishop Weldon M. Johnson; and the congregation has grown a lot as they continue to serve God.
New Life Christian Church is located at 923 Phillips St., Cambridge.