New Life Body of Christ Christian Church was founded by Elder Charles H. Ware and Missionary Gloria J. Ware in September 1994, in their home where the first Bible Study was held. On October 23, 1994 the first official service opened at Solomon Elementary School cafeteria on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. New Life held services at Solomon Elementary for one month. Pastor Ware met Pastor Jenkins from the Body of Christ Ministry that worshipped at Hale Kula Elementary School on Schofield Barracks. In March 1995, the two services consolidated and the present name “New Life Body of Christ” came into existence.
On July 2, 1995, God’s blessings increased even more. New Life Body of Christ was blessed with its’ own building at 85 Walker Avenue in Wahiawa. In the month of April 1996, New Life Body of Christ moved into 65 Walker Avenue because more space was needed. Pastor and 1st Lady Ware departed the island of Oahu in June 1996 and Elder Michael A. Henderson was appointed Pastor of the New Life Body of Christ.
In the spring of 1997, our youth ministry increased and more space was needed in the ministry. The Lord continually blessed our efforts for the upbuilding of His kingdom. The property at 85 Walker Avenue was reacquired and is the present location of the multi-purpose building and children’s church. In May of 1998, the Lord moved miraculously once again. The main sanctuary located at 65 Walker Avenue became too small. God made provisions for the vision that He had given Pastor and First Lady Henderson. Construction on a new building began in May 1998. By June 14th of the same year, our first service was held in the new building, which is located at 74 South Kamehameha Hwy in Wahiawa, Hawaii. In September 1998 a clothing closet and food bank was established to “Reach Out and Touch the Community”, to assist God’s people and show the love of Jesus Christ!
God continued to envision our Pastor & First Lady Henderson. They saw a need for the youth of the community to have a place to go to after school and on weekends. God’s word did not return void. The vision was fulfilled and on October 31, 1998, “The New Life Body of Christ Youth and Computer Learning Center” was opened at 65 Walker Avenue. The Youth Center was open to the entire community at no cost for the services provided. As a refuge for Christian entertainment, we provided ping pong games, arcade games such as basketball and air hockey, video games and computers with internet.
In April 2001, Elder and Evangelist Pettus were officially installed as Pastor and 1st Lady of New Life Body of Christ-Georgia, under the covering of New Life Body of Christ Christian Church-Hawaii. In January 31, 1999 God opened the doors for our “Women Like Us” Domestic Crisis Intervention and Counseling Center for battered and abused women and children. In January 2002, the center’s name was changed to the “New Life Body of Christ Family Crisis Center,” to meet the needs of the entire family.
The Clothing Closet relocated to 82 S. Kamehameha Hwy in June 2000. The Soup Kitchen was constructed adjacent to the Food Closet at 74 S. Kamehameha Hwy.
God blessed us yet again with the relocation of our Family Crisis Center in October 2002 to 554 Olive Street, and on Wednesdays Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and Affordable Housing Alliance provided free legal services and housing assistance to low income families. In 2003 we acquired suite A of 85 Walker as an additional multi-purpose building.
In November 2005 we celebrated our church anniversary with a “Mortgage Burning” for our main sanctuary building at 74 S. Kamehameha Highway. In September 2008, we made a business decision to no longer rent the property at 554 Olive because of an increase in vandalism to the structure of the building. But to God be the Glory, on April 30, 2009 we had the Grand Opening of our newest facility “Hurricane Hall” in the midst of the economic crisis and it is paid in full.
God said through prophesy that He will add to the church and in November 2009, Finding Your Way Back Outreach Ministry in Fort Worth, Texas under the leadership of Pastor David Longmiles and Assistant Pastor 1st Lady Bernice Longmiles came under the covering of New Life Body of Christ Christian Church. In May and June of 2014, the NLBC Food Bank went through a total renovation and on June 22, 2014 we had a special ceremony to dedicate our newly renovated facility back to God. The Food Bank Ministry is a vital part of our ministry and services over 150 clients each week. God gave us a vision for our youth and in June 2015, we revamped our youth ministry to include a variety of lessons, classes, crafts, games and fellowship for our youth. We renamed it Kidz Zone and utilize our Youth and Computer Learning Center and Hurricane Hall on Sundays and Wednesdays.
On July 9, 2017, our covenant partners at Finding Your Way Back Outreach Ministry in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, Pastor & 1st Lady Longmiles, retired as pastors and we installed Bishop Robert Blake as the new pastor.
In 2018, in addition to having our Food Bank open each Tuesday and Thursday, we began opening our Clothing Closet the first day of the month that we service our food bank clients. Through this change, we are able to continue reaching out to the community and they do not have to wait in long lines to get free household and clothing items.