We Look Forward To Meeting You!
Welcome to New Unity Baptist ChurchMinistries. We’ve put together some information here that anticipates and tries to briefly answer some of the questions you may have prior to visiting our church for the first time:
It's important to us that you feel welcome when visiting. We hope our atmosphere will help you feel relaxed and comfortable. The music and worship are built around Biblical themes that are timeless. We are glad to have you join us in worship! You will be greeted and welcomed in love.
No matter your family dynamics, you're welcome at New Unity Baptist Church Ministries and we're excited for you to consider being a part of our church family! Our intent is to serve the whole family (wholistic).
From the pulpit you will hear sound expository preaching. The focus of each sermon is built around the point of the Biblical text being addressed.
New Unity's history is rich in times past and present future. Her Christian roots run deep and Wide!
In October of 1916, Rev. John S. Taylor, known as the Singing Evangelist, gathered at 2200 Hunter Street and organized the Unity Baptist Church. Subsequently, the congregation bought and paid for a building in the 400 block of East 22nd ½ Street. The blessings and favor of Almighty God was present, eventually the building became too small to house the growing congregation. A new church home was sought; under God’s guidance the old Ebenezer Baptist Church building in the 400 block of East 23rd Street was secured. The Church remained in this building until the Depression years of the 1930’s. Rev. Taylor and congregation then moved to 2224 N. Howard Street (formerly known as Oak Street).
On October 30, 1955, after an extensive illness Rev. Taylor went to his eternal reward. He had been preaching 55 years and had pastored 40 years.
In October of 1956, Rev. James S. Williams was elected by unanimous vote Pastor of Unity Baptist Church. Rev. Williams had come from the Fountain Baptist Church and had served as Assistant Minister to Rev. Taylor during his illness.
Forced to move, the church worshipped briefly in the annex of the Fountain Baptist Church. Growing and again on the move the church relocated 1003 E. 22nd St. For ten years in this location under Rev. Williams’ leadership, with Sis. Pearl by his side, the church grew spiritually, numerically, and financially.
Once again, trusting solely in God for guidance, Rev. Williams and the congregation was led to purchase the property at 2654 Polk Street in 1967. It was then that the church took on its present name of NEW Unity Baptist Church.
Upon the retirement of Pastor Williams in July 1989, Rev. Elwood F. Carroll, Jr. assumed the Pastorate of the church. Rev. Carroll’s tenure was relatively brief; but through it all God showed Himself Faithful, and the church’s commitment and dedication to God remained strong as and determined as ever before.
On Tuesday, November 15, 1994 the church was blessed to call the Rev. Johnny N. Golden, Sr to lead us into new dimensions of worship and spiritual increase. Rev. Golden, a Visionary Leader and a true ‘People’s Person’ immediately began to teach and preach on the dual principles of ‘Equipping and Empowering the People of God for the Work of the Kingdom’.
On May 7, 2003, Pastor Golden under the unction of the God and the Holy Spirit, purchased and led the New Unity Church Ministries to their present church home at 100 W. Franklin Street at the Cathedral. On Sunday, March 25th, the church proper (entire congregation) benedicted its last and final worship service at 2654 Polk Street and began to march, walk and ride from Polk and Homestead to Franklin and Cathedral for her Grand Entrance Ribbon Cutting and Celebration. New Unity Church Ministries, “The Church With a Heart ~ In the Heart of the City”