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    My house shall be called a house of prayer...

Matthew 21:13

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NewBirth - Kimmelbrook Baptist
The Two Became One

After visiting the Kimmelbrook neighborhood, the Rev. T. Cotton and his wife Carrie called a meeting with the manager of the Hanson Center and a few other to discuss forming a Church. After many names had been discussed, the Kimmelbrook Missionary Baptist Church held its first worship service in Hanson Center on February 9, 1964.

In 1966, Pastor Cotton lead the congregation to purchase and pay off two lots located on Victor Ave. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new home of the church was held on September 19, 1971. Although the church had not been completed, the pastor and members held their 10th-anniversary service in the new church located at 1325 Victor ave., where we remain until this day. One of our original members, Mrs. Irene Baxter is still active as the mother of the church. Since Pastor Cotton's retirement, Kimmelbrook has called two other pastors; the Rev. Charles Ellis and the Rev. Lee Moore.

After returning home in 1997 to pastor the Gospel Temple Baptist Church in Campbell, Rev. Willie F. Peterson established the Center for Community Empowerment, a faith-based social service agency. In 2003, Pastor Peterson was lead to start the Newbirth Community Church with only 12 members in the Rockford Community Center ( the former Kimmelbrooks ) as a result of the work being done at the center. In February of 2006, Pastor Peterson was approached by one of the members of the Kimmelbrook Baptist Church shortly after their pastor had resigned to see if he would be interested in becoming the pastor of the church. He along with the Kimmelbrook members began to discuss the churches coming together permanently for worship and on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006, the two became one. Together, we strive to continue the vision of impacting this community with the love of Christ started by Rev. Cotton and with Pastor Peterson's leadership, we will make it.

NewBirth Kimmelbrook Teaches:

The full authority and inspiration of the Bible
• The necessity of a personal REALationship with Jesus Christ
• That we are compelled to share our faith with others - Locally & Worldwide
• That God intends for His children to worship & serve Him in and through the local church

We are an Evangelistic church committed to preaching Christ: Crucified, Risen, and Coming Again! The ministry of the NewBirth Kimmelbrook Church; through its people and its pastor, is done in the name of Jesus Christ for HIS glory! Acts 2:42 - 47

NewBirth Kimmelbrook Baptist Church