Here’s how it all began. On July 21, 2005, the 21st wedding anniversary of Errol and Jennifer Davis, Errol came home with a surprise. After twenty-three years in the field of broadcasting of television news for the local CBS affiliate in Huntsville, WHNT-TV 19, Errol was offered a lateral job change. The job change carried one stipulation…accept the job change or resign. He was given 21 days to make a decision that would affect his life forever. Immediately Errol knew that this was from the Lord. He had just prayed earlier in the same week, “Lord, whatever you want me to do, I’m ready.” I guess you can say, the Lord took Errol at his word and made him an offer he could not refuse. When Errol shared the news with Jennifer, she immediately started to rejoice in the Lord. The Lord had spoken to Jennifer three months earlier, in April 2005, while she was in prayer. The Lord told Jennifer that he was moving them out of First Missionary Baptist Church of Huntsville, Alabama, a place where they had been for over twenty-five years under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Julius R. Scruggs. What she didn’t know was when and where they were moving, or exactly what they would be doing. Jennifer had not shared this with Errol until now. Jennifer and Errol begin to seek the Lord more fervently.
The Lord revealed to Errol and Jennifer that this would be an Abrahamic Journey; a walk and a place unfamiliar to them both. They continued to seek the Lord as they began to embark on a journey only God could lead. Errol and Jennifer asked others to pray with them concerning where God was leading them. “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14)
On that same night, Errol was leaving for his family reunion in New Orleans. A few days later, on the drive back to Birmingham, as they were coming through Quitman, Mississippi, God illuminated the road sign to Errol. Instead of seeing “Quitman”, Errol saw “Quit Man.” And he knew this was God’s confirmation of the decision he was to make regarding the job. After 21 days of seeking the Lord, Errol and Jennifer knew, without a shadow of doubt, that the Lord was calling Errol off the secular job and into full-time ministry.
Errol and Jennifer began to seek out to find where God wanted them to be. Acquaintances and friends encouraged them to relocate and start a church in California. They even received an offer to become a part of a new ministry in Birmingham. During this time they continued to travail in prayer. By the end of 2006, both Errol and Jennifer knew God was calling, confirming and convicting them to start a church here in Huntsville, Alabama. In January 2006, Errol and Jennifer met with their beloved pastor and acknowledged that God was leading them out of First Missionary Baptist Church.
“Follow the bread crumbs”, is what one member encouraged the Pastors of New Beginnings Christian Church to do as they began another chapter in the life of the body of Christ. In January 2007, the start of a New Year and destiny, Pastors Errol and Jennifer locked hands in fervent prayer to seek the heart of God in birthing this church.
With several confirmations, Errol and Jennifer, in submission, answered God’s call to launch a church in Huntsville, Alabama. They both knew this was a faith walk. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11: 6) As the couple clasped the shield of faith, God responded. By March 2007, they were led to meet with six individuals for prayer (much prayer, much power). After several meetings, Errol and Jennifer stepped in baby steps of obedience. Through prayer, the Lord revealed to Errol, Jennifer and the six prayer warriors that “New Beginnings” would be the name of the church. Only looking back did they see that it was eight of them praying and that the number eight has the meaning of a New Beginning. That was then confirmed when the others that were praying with them, said that the Lord had given them the words fresh and new. The idea was that this was going to be a place where people could begin life anew by having an intimate relationship with God. Prayerfully creating the name of the church, developing a mission and identity statement, and searching for a place of worship were the tasks to be completed. Each one task unfolded into something beautiful; one in particular.
On the first Monday in May 2007, a little before noon, Errol and Jennifer met with a manager of a local hotel in Huntsville to sign a contract for the meeting room for the first worship service to be held in two weeks. After that meeting and talking with each other in the hotel’s parking lot, Jennifer was not satisfied that this was the place for their first service. Errol was content because the plan was to have one service a month for about three months until they could find a better location. Jennifer agreed and then headed back to work. Errol had some time to kill before an appointment with a local banker and was going to run some errands before that time. Opening his car door, and plopping down in his seat to fasten his seat belt, The Holy Spirit told him to drive and check out a place that He had heard new churches were allowed to use. Being somewhat reluctant, The Holy Spirit told him that “all they can tell you is no.” That first place he stopped told him no. Errol got back into his vehicle and drove in another direction. While driving, the voice of the Lord arrested him. “Turn here…” So Errol proceeded to make his turn. “Drive down this street”. “Turn in this parking lot”, whispered a still quiet voice. “All they can say is no”. With a yes in his heart, Errol stepped into the building and introduced himself to the first person he encountered. Once he finished expressing his purpose for visiting, he left with an assurance that he needed to keep roaming the streets. When he returned to his vehicle and buckled himself in place, thoughts of, “where to next”, drifted across his mind, and the whisper returned. “Drive down this street”. “Make this turn”. And the whisper continued in brief, but direct instructions. Errol was now parked in another parking lot. However, after Errol grabbed the silver handle of the front door, and introduced himself to a woman in the foyer, he was convinced that God had led him to the Multicultural Center. These people were seeking pastors who were hoping to start a church.
After leaving the center, Errol phoned Jennifer to relay everything that had happened. “God desires to do exceedingly; abundantly above all that we could ask or think according to the power that works in us.” (Ephesians 3:20) They prepared to get ready for the first service of New Beginnings Christian Church.
On Sunday May 20, 2007, Errol and Jennifer set out on a journey, knowing and believing that this day; the Lord was leading them to a new place, one called New Beginnings Christian Church. A new ministry seeking to “live for Christ every day, and share His love along the way”, was birthed this day. Pastors Errol and Jennifer Davis had already made their knees weary and foreheads plush from praying that this ministry would be one to present unsaved people with the message of Jesus Christ; that the lost would come to know Christ intimately and thus live a life that pleases God. Starting out in a church facility, the Multicultural Center allowed this local body a place to praise and worship the True and Living God without the hassle of being in a place that was not “Great Commission” minded.
On that day, a family of four joined New Beginnings Christian Church. From there it was decided that New Beginnings Christian Church would hold worship services every Sunday morning thereafter. God has been truly faithful throughout the years by adding members to our local body. Pastor’s Errol and Jennifer Davis are mandated by God to preach the unadulterated word of Jesus Christ, encourage Christians to develop and maintain an intimate relationship with God, and to help them to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. This is accomplished through real and relevant messages delivered each Sunday morning. With out-of-town relatives, close friends, and supportive guests, service commenced and continues as God shares His heart with ours: to be a church consecrated for holiness.