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About New Community

Missionary Baptist Church

Our Mission

To Love God, To Love God's People, To Share God's Good News!


Our History

In The Beginning…

                             New Community Baptist Church Incorporated was established in October 24, 1975 in the East Hammond community.  The Church was organized by the District Council in the Chapel of St. Ann’s Home.  Reverend Woodrow Wilson Grover, Sr. was called to be the pastor of the then 27-member church body.  It was at this time that the deacon board, senior choir, junior choir and usher board were established.

And He gave some…pastors and teachers

                             On September 3, 1980, Pastor Woodrow Wilson Grover, Sr. passed away and Rev. Levi Jones, Rev. George Howard and Rev. Kurt Thompson served in session as pastors of New Community.  In August 1987, New Community Baptist Church merged with New Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church, and worshipped under the leadership of Rev. Thomas McKinley.  He resigned as the Pastor on October 7, 1990. 

                             New Community sought God for a pastor. In March of 1991, their prayers were answered when God sent Rev. Patrick H. Gillis.  He has remained a faithful pastor, teacher and preacher for the past 28 years.

Unless The Lord Builds A House…

                             New Community Baptist Church has come a long way since our humble beginnings.  The church moved from the Chapel at St. Ann’s Home to 6218 Columbia Avenue to accommodate the increased size of the congregation.  Soon after, it was decided that it would be necessary to move once again to adequately accommodate the ever-growing membership.  On July 3, 1977, the church marched from 6218 Columbia Avenue to 6143 Columbia Avenue.  On August 2, 1992, Pastor Gillis led the congregation on a march through the neighborhood from 6143 Columbia Avenue to 5461 Calumet Avenue.  In October 2019 the church will march again to its current location of 707-169th Street because of structural issues at the 5461 Calumet location.


Every Good Tree Bears Fruit…

                             Our newest facility at 707-169th seats approximately 340 in the main sanctuary of it 13,801 square feet. It has a baptismal pool, fully furnished fellowship hall, a kitchen, multiple bathrooms, a pastor study, clerical office, classrooms and a chapel.

                             New Community Baptist Church offers many ministries for its members, such as, Beautification Ministry, Bereavement Ministry, Men’s Fellowship Ministry, Praise Dancers, and Male Chorus, to name a few.  Recognizing that God’s work extends beyond the walls of our sanctuary, The Soup Kitchen and Helping Hands ministries were created to address the needs of the community-at-large.   The Soup Kitchen provides meals every first Saturday at the Hammond Warming Shelter, as part of their ministry.  

                             Pastor Gillis believes that the youth are our future.  It is this belief that led him to establish youth ministries like the Youth Choir and Junior Ushers.

                             It is our prayer that we will continue to grow and prosper in the Body of Christ; striving to do God’s will. 


To God be the glory for the things He has done!

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