Our History

New Life Community Church of Pontiac (formerly Church of God of Pontiac) began as a Sunday School in 1918. Members included the Dawse Gordon and John Lotton families who met from house to house. The newly-wed Lemmuel Gordon, came to Pontiac in the year and assisted in helping the Church to grow. His bride, Sister Ethel Gordon, was the first Church Secretary and held the position for many years.


The group acquired a few chairs and moved into the "Stamping Building" at the corner of Saginaw and South Boulevard. After the plant was reclaimed, members such as Charlie Crowder, Brother Hellum, and Raphael Hooks met in each other homes.


The first minister was Sister Minnie Stewart, wife of Brother Jessie Stewart. In 1920, ministers came from Indiana, Kentucky and Tennesse, preaching the Gospel to help build the church. Ministers included Rev. Issac Coleman, Bishop T.D. McGee, and Elder T. Bidell. Some of the organizers and members that year also included Bishop Major J. Watkins, Brother Arie Barbee of Detroit, Brother Cohen Washington of Flint, and Brother J.E. Jones, longtime Pontiac businessman. During this time, Brother William Kelly became the Church Treasurer and Sister Ada Manning moved to Pontiac and joined the church in 1921.

Wesson Street Location

By 1922, the membership grew and the church began purchasing a house on 132 Wesson Street in Pontiac, Michigan. After members built a basement wall around the house, they demolished the home and completed the basement. Brother Barry Mitchell became one of the first Sunday School teachers at that location. Members remained there until moving into the present facility at 296 South Boulevard West.


A full schedule of regular Sunday services was first conducted in 1923. The Rev. Savage of the White First Baptist Church at the corner of Saginaw and Oakland Avenues was kind enough to let the church conduct baptismal services in their church. Later, Church of God members baptized in Crystal Lake (then called Mudd Lake) near Bagley School and then in the Clinton River east of Hayes Jones Center.

Our Present Location

In 1923, Elder O.B. Rhodes conducted his first revival at the Wesson Street church and later went onto pastor there for several years. During this period, Sister Lena Glenn and Elder James Dooley were longtime ministers. Some of the first pianists included Sister Ethel Rhodes, Sister Verna Mannng-Mott, and Sister Maxetta White-Fort.


Construction of the present structure began in 1957. The official opening was held in the spring of 1959. This history would not be complete wthout a tribute to all members past, present, old, and new including the faithful support of W.D. Smith and Craycraft and the late Bishop Major J. Watkins who pastored from until 1988. Our Pastor Emeritus, Elder George Williamson served from 1991-2016.  


In September 2011, the membership voted to change the name of the church from Church of God of Pontiac to New Life Community Church of Pontiac.


Our current shepherd is Pastor Elder Jerry Seawright.