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Church History

Saturday, July 19, 1997, at 5:00 p.m., a group of 77 people who were hungry and thirsty for true worship, gathered together in prayer and praise at the Arrow Center on 3030 Market Street to seek God’s guidance and direction. There, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, they organized the San Diego New Life Baptist Church and elected the following officers:

Deacon Board Chairman
Trustee Board Chairman
Church Secretary
Church Treasurer
Sunday School Superintendent

Rev. Troy P. Owens, Sr.
Dea. James Thomas
Dea. Ned Lee
Sis.Billie Gibson
Bro. Vaughn Johnson
Sis. Vondell Cook

Our first Worship Service was held Sunday, July 20, 1997, at the Arrow Center, where we met until July 31, 1997.In August 1997, we moved to the La Mesa Masonic Temple at 4731 Date Avenue, La Mesa, CA  91942, where we worshiped until early September 1997.

In September 1997, we moved to the Naval Training Center in Point Loma, and held our first worship service there,on Sunday, September 14, 1997, in the Chapel by the Bay, which was built in the 1930’s and is now an Historical Landmark.

Although The Chapel-by-the-Bay, with its beautiful stained-glass windows, piped organ, perched pulpit, terra cota tiled flooring, and wooded pews, served our initial purposes and needs, we did however endeavor to overcome several neglected maintenance problems.  Faced with a leaky roof, absolutely no heating system during the freezing winter months and restrooms that were continuously out-of-order, our faith in God never wavered and our commitment to ministry with a spirit of excellence, never faltered.

In January 2001 the Naval Training Center, was scheduled for a major redevelopment and the landlord, McMillan Realty,served us with a notice to move by June 30, 2001. A Search Committee was immediately established, organized and dispatched.  God turned what was initially thought to be bad into our good because, as it turned out, our eviction was just God elevating us from a status as Property Renters to Property Owners.

In fact, three months later,in March 2001, our Sovereign God “Opened up the windows of Heaven and poured us out a blessing.”The Search Committee located a Church for sale in Spring Valley, which was called Fairhaven Baptist Church at 9255 Lamar Street.  In His own omnipotent way, God orchestrated events that led to the Search Committee contacting Fairhaven’s realtor,the day before the property was to be released for sale to the general public.  We made an offer that day, that was accepted within 24 hours!Our new home was in“Ready-to-Move-In” condition, and was already adorned with New Life’s church colors!

On June 2, 2001, we had an exciting “Crossover Celebration Journey,” which was an all-congregation vehicle convoy and parade. Each vehicle was decorated with New Life Baptist Church graffiti. We traveled from the Naval Training Center, all the way to our Promise Land in Spring Valley. After we arrived home at 9255 Lamar Street, we had a Praise and Dance Party that could be heard several blocks away.  Our first Worship Service was held on Sunday, June 3, 2001.

Since then, through God’s favor, we’ve experienced numerous firsts such as:


Monthly Casual Sundays
Yearly Sunrise Services
Established Good Newsletter Ministry
1st Usher Day Program
Annual Clothing Drive
Annual Walk-A-Thon
Annual Senior Appreciation Dinner
Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournaments


Annual Women’s Tea
Yearly Vacation Bible School
Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets Give Away
Annual Blood Drive
Added Church Steeple
Secured a Sprint Cellular Tower Contact
1st Church Directory


Installed Stained Glass Windows in the Sanctuary
Ordained Three (3) Additional Deacons
Installed a Church Cornerstone
Annual Jesus’ 7 Last Sayings
Established a Koinonia Ministry
1stYoung Adult Workshop
Paid off Mortgage Balloon Payment


Annual Women’s Conference/Retreat
Annual Harvest Festival
Annual Sunday School Weekend


Organized a Nursery during Worship Services
Purchased a Rental Property Next Door
Secured a Cricket Cellular Tower Contact
Monthly Outreach Feeding and Worship at God’s Extended Hands
The Purpose Drive Life Campaign


Developed a Church Webpage
Organized the Judah Troupe Dancing Ministry
40 Days of Love Campaign


Started Weekly Non Day Bible Studies
Started the Angel Food Ministry
Organized the Marriage Ministry
40 Days of Community Campaign


Held our 1stInstallation of Officers Service
Annual Revival
1stMen’s Day Service
Ordain Three (3) Additional Deacons
Experiencing God Campaign
Youth Gospel Rap Concert


Unveiled Redevelopment Plan
Secured an Architect
Started the Ambassadors of Praise Contemporary Choir
Youth Ministry “Gracelets” (New Life Authentic Bracelets)
5th Sunday “Now That’s A Good Question” during Sunday School
40 Days of Love Campaign
Glorifying God Campaign


Started the 1st Wednesday “We Worship Service”
Started the Youth Church “The Fire House”
And many more that are not mentioned

Now, through God’s grace and mercy, that’s where we’ve BEEN; under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, this is where we HEADING:

  1. Build and Open a Christian School
  2. Establish a Community Development Corporation
  3. Build and open an on-site Community Center
  4. Build and open an on-site Outdoor Ample Theatre
  5. Rebuild a new Sanctuary

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