New Life Baptist Church was organized on March 2, 1997, under the authority of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church of Richmond, Kentucky, and leadership of Pastor Steve Wainright. We had 15 charter members: 13 by statement of faith and 2 by baptism.
We met in the conference room at Best Western off Winchester Road for a year before moving to Eastland Shopping Center where we held our first service on April 12, 1998, which was Easter Sunday. Until this point, mid-week Bible Studies were held in the pastor’s home.
The Lord blessed us with more than a dozen new members at the Eastland location and one of our members began a nursing home ministry at Rose Terrace Lodge in Nicholasville, Kentucky, which continued for nearly a decade.
Next, the Lord placed us in Idle Hour Shopping Center, where we continued to grow. Our first Sunday service there was July 7, 1999. It was here that we had our first revival service and many Bible classes were offered, taught by Bro. Edward Overbey, Bro. Johnny Thompson, and Bro. Sherl Thomas.
Sunday School classes were held wherever we could find space: The Mailroom, the back of a neighboring storefront, or outside when it was warm. With only one bathroom and tiny improvised classrooms for Sunday School, we needed a bigger space.
We moved to Woodhill Circle Plaza on February 2, 2003. This location provided us with a larger sanctuary area and additional rooms for Sunday School classes. The Lord has blessed us immeasurably at this location.
While in Woodhill, we have ministered to our immediate community on various occasions through cookouts and a free yard sale, with as many as 300 in attendance. These events have given us great opportunities to get to know our neighbors and share God’s love with them. We have also had the privilege of holding a Sunday afternoon service at the Thomson-Hood Veteran’s Center in Wilmore since 2007, led by Bro. Wayne Sparks. In 2011, we were blessed with an Assistant Pastor, Anthony Vance.
Our church website was launched in 2005 and has been an excellent resource. Our corresponding church blog was launched in 2008 and has nearly 60,000 views with international subscribers. We have been broadcasting sermons at www.sermonaudio.com since 2014 with nearly 10,000 downloads by listeners around the world.
The congregation God has woven together at New Life is a tight-knit, faithful group of people consisting of all ages, backgrounds, and various nationalities, whose lives have been changed by the grace of God and who share this common purpose: to glorify God and edify one another while reaching out with the love and gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.
The Lord has truly blessed us. We are thankful for His faithfulness and our prayer is for Him to continue to be glorified in and through New Life Baptist Church.
“O Lord, Thou art my God; I will exalt Thee, I will praise Thy Name; for Thou hast done wonderful things; Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.” Isaiah 25:1