In 2013, a new church was birthed in the North Birmingham area by the name of New Beginnings UMC. New Beginnings is the result of a merger that took place between three historic congregations, Douglasville UMC, Mt. Pleasant UMC, and Wright’s Chapel UMC. Although these congregations had tremendous success in growth throughout their years of ministry, in recent years, they had experienced a decline in membership and financial resources.
Hopeful that merging would provide a greater chance for both survival as well as opportunities to reach more people for Jesus Christ, these congregations, under the leadership of then senior pastor, Dr. Clinton Hubbard, Jr., took a risk and began to do ministry together.
Six years later, New Beginnings is the largest and fastest growing African-American congregation in the North Alabama Conference.
On Sunday, January 27, 2019, the members of New Beginnings gathered for a constituting church conference and charge conference for the purpose of voting to charter as an official congregation of The United Methodist Church.
Dr. Rick Owen, Central District Superintendent, presided at the meeting and brought an inspiring message. After the congregation was officially organized for the work of ministry, current senior pastor, Dr. Dedric A. Cowser, led the congregation in a Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant.
All in all, New Beginnings has a promising future and is committed to transforming lives through mission, ministry, and worship as a prophetic witness for Jesus Christ.