New Beginnings Ministries was officially founded Easter Sunday, April 12, 1998, when 75 people attended worship in the home of Rev. Glenn & Kathy Gray. From the very beginning, the move of the Holy Spirit was active in the ministry. September 24, 1998 marked the first Baptism, held at Regal RoadUnited Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Frank Guinta. Starting with 38 members, by December 31, 1998, our total membership was 74 active members. On April 24, 1999, New Beginnings was received into the Halifax Baptist Association, wherein Pastor Gray served as Moderator for a two year term. During this season, NBM made its home at Ross Road Elementary School.
In November 2003, NBM purchased land to construct our own facility at 26 Cherry Brook Rd, Westphal NS. With the generous support of its members, convention, association, and well-wishers, funding was secured to build its multipurpose sanctuary in March 2005. NBM entered the doors of our “House of Worship” at 26 Cherry Brook Road on Sunday, October 8, 2006.
What makes the church exceptional in the Dartmouth area are its members who are well-known for their warm spirits, bright smiles and caring hearts to serve the community. The internal spirit of NBM is amazing. Perhaps even more distinctive, is the real life experience of diversity and multiculturalism that exists. People from all walks of life, young and old, rich and poor; male and female, Caucasian, African Nova Scotian, Acadien, Mi’kmaq and many other immigrant groups, worship and minister together as one body in Christ.
With the announcement of retirement of Rev. Glenn Gray in 2010 and subsequent retirement in 2012, NBM prepared for its future. In 2011, the Board of Directors began a search for a new Senior Pastor. The Lord guided the search beyond the Canadian border to Brooklyn, New York where the Spirit directed them to Rev. Kirby Spivey III.
Pastor Spivey officially began as Senior Pastor on July 1, 2012. Pastor Spivey is a powerful preacher/teacher and a progressive visionary leader. In a very short time, NBM has seen tremendous growth in all aspects of the ministry. The Selah Women’s Ministry, Genesis, YGC, & SOS are a few examples of ministries that were started and are now flourishing under Pastor Spivey’s leadership. In 2013 NBM hired its first full time staff position of Youth Pastor. In two short years, NBM has designated over $150,000 in ministry outside the walls of the church building. In fulfillment of our 2020 Vision, NBM launched its ‘North’ campus September 11, 2016. Our ministry focus is not just to come to church, but to ‘be the church’ in the community.