New Fellowship Tabernacle Church - Bay City, Texas, an independently chartered nonprofit corporation, was organized on April 26, 1998 by Rev. and Mrs. A. H. Floyd in their home. The inaugural worship service was held on May 03, 1998 at the Best Western-Matagorda Inn in Bay City, Texas. There were 34 persons present in addition to Pastor Floyd, his wife Wanda, and their three children. Each person present pledged their membership to New Fellowship Tabernacle Church. The congregation continued to meet at the Best Western hotel throughout May 1998.
While meeting at the Best Western Hotel, a lease agreement was secured with Lack Properties. Whereupon, the congregation began to worship at 3307 Avenue F beginning in June 1998.
Upon inception New Fellowship Tabernacle Church began with two deacons who declared membership and were accepted into the office of deacon for the congregation. These men were Deacon Sidney Mack and Deacon Alex Stone, Jr. Moreover, the following trustees were accepted by the congregation:
Pastor A. H. Floyd- Chairman
Deac. Sidney Mack - Vice-Chairman
Sis. Wanda Floyd - Secretary
Sis. Barbara Baugh - Assistant Secretary
Bro. Odis Stone - Treasurer
Deac. Alex Stone, Jr. - Trustee
A Sunday School Department was organized with the following staff:
Sis. Erma Johnican - Superintendent
Bro. Odis Stone - Teacher
Bro. Ronald Brown - Teacher
Sis. Candace Brown - Teacher
Sis. Priscilla Robinson - Teacher
Also, a Youth Ministry was initiated with Sis. Candace Brown as Youth Director and Sis. Annette Smith as Assistant Youth Director. Music Ministry began with Sis. Yolanda James as Director of Music Ministry and Bro. Andre Wyatt as percussionist.
A Greeter’s Committee was organized with the following ushers:
Sis. Emma Mack
Sis. Dorothy Williams
Sis. Dorothy Parks
Sis. Natasha Floyd
Bro. David Burrell
Bro. Darren Floyd
Sis. Doris Robinson accepted responsibility as Culinary Coordinator.
These individuals faithfully served the cause of Christ and contributed immensely to the growth and development of the congregation.
1998 proved to be a blessed time for the congregation. On September 20, 1998 Pastor A. H. Floyd ordained the following men as deacons:
Bro. Odis Stone
Bro. Ronald Brown
Bro. Dorsey Stone
God also blessed us with beautiful property at 600 Matthews Street. In November 1998 the
congregation purchased 1.81 acres at this location. Truly, we celebrate God for this tremendous blessing.
During the year of 1999 the Lord blessed the congregation with another deacon. On June 13, 1999 Pastor A. H. Floyd and the congregation received Bro. Alvin Emanuel as deacon of New Fellowship Tabernacle Church. Sis. Margaret Emanuel, his wife, joined the Greeter’s Committee serving as an usher.
On January 18, 2000 construction began on the Fellowship Hall with the intention that it would also temporarily serve as the sanctuary for New Fellowship Tabernacle Church on the church property located at 600 Matthews Street in Bay City, Texas.
Mr. Herman Austin served as the general contractor for construction. The building was ready for use by the end of July. The congregation moved in on July 31, 2000 and terminated the lease with Lack Properties. At this time the floor covering was not complete; but, it did not dampen the members’ joy of having a place of our own.
The initial worship in the new temporary sanctuary was held on August 06, 2000. The Fellowship Hall (temporary sanctuary) dedication was held on August 13, 2000 with Pastor A. H. Floyd as the speaker. Carpet and tile were installed in December 2000. Truly, we celebrate God for His tremendous blessing. The greatest blessing of all was that the construction was completed without incurring any lien against any church property. Everything was financed by faith!
In 2001 God continued to bless the congregation. The cornerstone was purchased and laid. The Cornerstone Dedication was held on April 01, 2001 with Pastor A. H. Floyd as speaker. Also, a baptistery/communion table was purchased by the church. A piano was donated by Bro. and Sis. P. D. Tolbert on April 29, 2001. Tabernacle Hour targeted ministry began in August 2001. Tabernacle Hour allows ministry/discipleship opportunity in sub-groups (Men, Women, and Youth) within the congregation. Vacation Bible School became an integral part of the annual program with high attendance. An annual youth trip began which continues to be conducted each summer. Also in early Fall of 2001 a concrete parking lot was laid and paid in full.
Subsequent years have brought continuing membership growth and ministry expansion. In 2002 a “Widow’s Basket” ministry was begun which provides each widow of the congregation with a monthly grocery gift. The baskets are provided as an expression of our love and gratitude for their faithful support of NFTC over the years. A scholarship fund was also begun in 2002 which provides each high school graduating senior that is an active member of NFTC with a four year annual scholarship for expenses associated with his/her college education.
In August 2003, Bro. Hallard Fields was ordained as deacon. In November 2003, Bro. LaJuan Meyer began serving as a musician within the Music Department. He served faithfully until June 2005.
In 2004 a Benevolent Committee was established with Sis. Kennetha Fields as Coordinator. The Benevolent Committee provides relief to members during times of personal crisis. Also, during 2004 the membership surpassed 200 members.
In 2006 God gave Pastor A. H. Floyd the vision for our sanctuary. Pastor Floyd expressed the vision that the Lord had given to the congregation and the members received the news with great joy. Sanctuary construction activity began on July 09, 2007 with Allison Contractors as general contractor. Crecy Management served as construction consultant for the construction. Construction was completed in February 2008. Worship services began to be held in the sanctuary on March 03, 2008. Sanctuary dedication was held on April 06, 2008 with Rev. K. W. Bree of the Bethlehem Christian Church of Cedar Lake, Texas as guest speaker.
On October 12, 2008 God blessed NFTC with a new deacon as Bro. John Calvin Stone was ordained.
In December 2009 Minister Lynn Hughes began serving as music minister. He served faithfully until June 2011.
During 2010 God blessed the congregation once again in the deacon ministry. On April 11, 2010 Bro. John O’neal, Sr., Bro. Kevin Ragland, and Bro. Kelvin Wright were ordained.
In July 2011 Sis. Yolanda Roberson began a second term of service as musician. She served until September 2012.
On October 01, 2012 God redirected the music ministry as Bro. LaJuan Law began serving as the primary musician. He served until August 2013.
In July 2013 God enhanced the NFTC Music Ministry with the formation of NFTC Praise 21. NFTC Praise 21, a group of dynamic young singers for the Lord, serves as praise leaders during NFTC worship services sharing their anointed gift which inspires so many across the community. At the inception of NFTC Praise 21 each member of the group was a high school student. Original members of NFTC Praise 21 are Kimbrie Smith, Brittany Ikhalia, Roykeyia Holmes, Dylesia Jackson. God has expanded the membership to include Shatajia Hawkins and Kayla Smith. Praise 21 served faithfully until September 2014.
In September 2013 God once again blessed NFTC Music Ministry in a mighty way with the formation of NFTC Praise 34. NFTC Praise 34 is a dynamic group of young adult aged singers for the Lord who serve as praise leaders during NFTC worship services. Their powerful anointing impacts lives for God's glory tremendously. Members of NFTC Praise 34 are E'Braylone Allen, Tayia Revis, PhaBlunn Allen, Marcus Brown, and Andrea Floyd. Praise 34 served faithfully until September 2014.
God blessed the NFTC deacon ministry yet again in 2013. On April 14, 2013 Bro. Arkeith L. Brown, Sr. and Bro. Tommy Lee Jammer were ordained as deacon.
On May 04, 2014 Sis. Darlene Bonner began serving as Worship Leader. She served faithfully until July 26, 2015. God blessed the NFTC Music Ministry with Bro. Darius Alexander as Minister of Music on September 7, 2014. Bro. Alexander served faithfully until August 4, 2015.
Once again God blessed the congregation in the deacon ministry on November 2, 2014 as Bro. Terry Blackmon was ordained as deacon.
Sis. Yolanda Roberson returned as musician beginning on September 6, 2015.
2015 was also a somber year in the life of the New Fellowship Tabernacle Church family as God called First Lady Wanda D. Floyd home from labor to reward on July 15, 2015. Subsequently, the sanctuary classroom was dedicated in her honor on May 1, 2016 to forever be known as Ms. Wanda’s Room. As we celebrated her life and work we pledged ourselves to persist in the work of our Lord as long as He so allows.
Under the guidance of our heavenly Father the celebration of the sanctuary mortgage burning was included in the NFTC 20 year anniversary celebration on May 6, 2018. Thank God for His goodness!
In the year of 2019 God declared that the theme of New Fellowship Tabernacle Church is “Increase”! As we considered His revelation we pressed into the year with renewed excitement. During this year God added two new deacons to the family of NFTC. On September 29, 2019 Ordination Rites were celebrated for David Burrell II and Shawn Fields.
As we consider our history we are deeply grateful for God’s continuing blessings upon NFTC across the years. As we travel on our journey God has called some among us from labor to reward. We are truly grateful for their tireless, faithful service that has contributed tremendously to the life of New Fellowship Tabernacle Church.
In all that we have experienced we can truly declare that God is good! And we are forever persuaded that “Together We Can - Increase!”