January 1, 1988 The Presbytery of Greater Atlanta launched exploratory efforts to discern the potential for a new church development commission to organize its first African American congregation in South Fulton County’s College Park community. Twenty-five adults signed a commitment to the mission for a worshipping congregation that would eventually become New Life Presbyterian Church. This initial worshipping community began in the church campus that was formerly Bethany Presbyterian Church.
June 29, 1988 A petition with 98 adult members was presented to the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, which in turn, voted unanimously and enthusiastically to appoint a commission to organize the church.
August 21, 1988 New Life Presbyterian Church and its more than 125 members became a congregational member of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, the Synod of the South Atlantic, and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA. The Reverend Dr. Lonnie J. Oliver served as the first pastor of New Life – a pastoral role he fulfilled until his retirement on Feb. 28, 2010.
August 2009 New Life’s Ruling Elders on the Session appointed Reverend Billy Michael Honor to serve as temporary pastor and head of staff, a position he held until June 2011 when he was ordained and installed as Pastor of New Life.
June 14, 2015 Upon the recommendation of its Interim Pastor Nominating Committee, New Life’s Ruling Elders on the Session approved the appointment of Reverend Yolanda Evette Thompson to serve as interim pastor and head of staff.
During this transitional ministry assignment, Rev. Thompson, who was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament at New Life in March 2002, worked collaboratively with New Life’s ministry leaders, members and liaisons of the Presbytery to help ensure the continued growth and advancement of New Life’s congregational presence in the greater community.
In particular, the church family is continuing to fortify ministry with local and global partners – families, schools and evangelistic initiatives which include diverse organizations, such as Fulton County Schools, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the American Cancer Society, the Georgia Department of Corrections, and communities in Jamaica, Kenya and Nigeria. Through its increasing presence via diverse social media, the New Life family continues to reach out to God’s people to “make disciples.”
The church family attributes its longevity to the grace of God, which is conveyed in the pivotal theme of a Latin affirmation: “The God who has brought us thus far will continue to sustain us.” Armed with this blessed assurance, New Life continues to immerse itself in the ebb and flow of changing times, eager to exalt God’s Glory, to proclaim the Good News and to celebrate God’s Love among people of all nations.
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