This great assembly which currently stands at 800 members began with quite a lot of necessities. But the most urgent of them was to have a suitable place to worship God. Looking forward to this place, the members experienced bitter disappointments which, paradoxically, strengthened their faith in God and incited them to contribute financially with an incredible generosity. The wait was not too long! Six years after the founding of the church, a building was finally purchased in 1985. By faith the members vowed not to remain in the same renting locations in East Orange, New Jersey (2 years in Munn Avenue and three years in the YMCA in North Arlington). In late December of 1984, due to various acts of persecution at the hands of the landlords, the church members packed their belongings, determined to reconvene in a new building. The Lord answered their prayers and consequently, the first worship service of the New Year was celebrated in their newly owned property on the premises of 18th Avenue in Newark, New Jersey on January 6, 1985. The congregation stayed in Newark for 11 years before settling down in its current location in Irvington, New Jersey in November 1996. Under the leadership of the founding pastor: Joseph Etienne; the founding members: Arnold Pierre, St. Jean Fombrun, Alexandre Hippolyte, and Pierre Phalaise; the committee’s presidents: Arnold Pierre, St. Jean Fombrun, late Juléus P. Jules, Servidieu Ojentis and late Lesly Georges, God has blessed Eglise Baptiste de la Nouvelle Jerusalem immensely during the last 35 years!
Concerning spiritual growth, several ministries have helped: Christian education, the Youth, and other various groups. In 1981, Elvéus Sylvain, the current Senior Pastor, was appointed superintendent of Christian education. He spent approximately 17 years in this post. In 1998, Arthur Guiard replaced him. Two years later, Evangelist Voltaire Pierre was called to succeed him as superintendent. During this period the church grew spiritually, intellectually, and economically.
The youth and young adult ministry has contributed actively to the church’s success. It began in 1981 with Reverend Elvéus Sylvain. Some years later, Elie Jean-Pierre was elected president. He was succeeded by Voltaire Pierre, Luckner Jean Marie, Lesly Georges, Louis Charles Jean Baptist, and Nelson Thermitus, Rajai Jean-Baptiste, Nerline Paul, its current president. Upon his return from Dallas Theological Seminary, Kenslio Ojentis was ordained as Pastor of the youth and young adult ministry. He envisions the youth and young adult ministry to be an edifying, exalting and evangelizing community. In cooperation with the youth committee, he believes that each youth member must know God through Christ, glorify Him and make Him known. He is currently Senior Assistant Pastor. Rev. Nelson Thermitus is currently Assistant Pastor.
In regards to missions, “Operation from Church to Church” was established in 2002 in order to propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ worldwide. Jorel Dort, as its appointed director, and a group of missionaries/church members have dedicated their lives to bringing much needed assistance to various areas in Haiti and simultaneously sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. This ministry is composed of an evangelism team, a medical team, a children’s summer camp team, and a counseling team.
Under the direction of the committee, another building was purchased recently to meet the needs of the growing congregation and its various ministries. The renovation would cost approximately six million dollars. This figure frightens many in the congregation but with the Lord’s help, it is indeed achievable. This project is going to allow l’Eglise Baptiste de la Nouvelle Jerusalem to continue to expand its impact within the community of Irvington and to the ends of the earth for the cause of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
- We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, without error in the original manuscripts; that the Bible is the final and supreme authority in faith and practice. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:20-21)
- We believe in one Eternal God, existing in three persons equally omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:1, 26; Mat. 3:16-17; 28:19; Jn. 10:30; 14:16)
- We believe that Jesus Christ, born of the virgin Mary, is truly God and truly man, that He lived a perfect life, and that He died as an atonement adequate for the sin of the world. He was raised from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of God where He is the only Mediator and High Priest of the believers. (Is. 7:14; Lk. 1:35; I Pet. 2:24)
- We believe in the personal, bodily and imminent return of Jesus. The Church, which is His body, will be raptured to meet Him in the air before the tribulation and before He comes to establish His millennial kingdom. (I Thess. 4:13-18)
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person; that He convicts men of sin; that He baptizes those who believe in the Savior ant the moment of their conversion; that He leads them into all truth; that He indwells believers to lead them in a victorious life over sin; that He seals them spiritual gifts, some of which were temporary, such as those of healing and speaking in tongues. (John 16:7-15; Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 2:9-14; 6:19-10; 12:1-30; 13:8-11; 14:20-22; Eph. 1:13-14)
- We believe that Satan is real and is person; that he is the enemy of God and men; that he is not all powerful; and that his final destiny is settled. (Job 1:6-7)
- We believe that man was created innocent, but that, by his voluntary act of sin, physical and spiritual death have been extended over all men. He is entirely incapable of saving himself, but by faith in the sacrifice of Christ, he can be saved and justified. (Rom. 3:23-24; Acts 13:38-39)
- We believe in the eternal security and well-being of the redeemed. (Jn. 10:28-29; 17:24; Rom. 8:1)
- We believe in the eternal punishment of the lost in the lake of fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels. (Rev. 20:11-15)
- We believe that the Church, the body whose head is Christ, was formed on the of Pentecost and is made up of all believers from that day until the return of Christ in the air. This Church, as the bride of Christ, has the responsibility of glorifying Him in untiring efforts seeking to make disciples of all nations by the preaching of the Word. (Eph. 1:3-6, 22-23; I Cor. 12:12-14; Mat. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2:42-47)