New Testament Baptist Church was Founded
God, through his divine power, guided Brothers Joseph Lawson (deceased) and Leo Hart to the Larchmont Church of the Brethren at 7140 Watt Avenue, North Highlands, California for the purpose of spreading the gospel. Several men including John Spears (deceased), Lawrence Tucker, and William Miller joined Lawson and Leo Hart to establish an official board of directors. On October 9, 1973 the group of men met in the home of Brother Lawrence Tucker at 3621 Winthrop Court, North Highlands, California, at 7:30 p.m. The purpose of the assembly of 43 perspective members was to organize and establish the New Testament Baptist Church (NTBC), then, located at 7140 Watt Avenue, North Highlands, California. The church structure was implemented based on the principles adopted from the Hiscox Guide for Baptist Churches. Primarily, the founding members prayed to our heavenly Father to send a born again spiritual leader and minister. Additionally, a letter was mailed to pastor Cleo Cummings to extend an offer to pastor NTBC. To God be the glory, God honored the churches family request with a Godly pastor in the person of Reverend Cleo Melvin Cummings, former pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church 700 Benton Avenue, Sacramento, California. Thus Pastor Cummings accepted the position and emerged before the congregation on October 17, 1973, surrenders to the will of our heavenly Father to present an acceptance speech, and to answer the spiritual call on his life. Praise the Lord, the first regular worship service was held at the NTBC, 7140 Watt Avenue, North Highlands, California on the third Sunday, October 1973 at 3:30 p.m. an afternoon service.