On the evening of November 9, 2003, eighty-one supporters of preaching the gospel and teaching the truth met in the living
room of Eddie and Billie George to discuss what they felt would make a congregation do just that. The following Wednesday
night, the group reassembled in the garage of the George’s to worship. Sunday, November 16, 2003, was the first meeting of
the New Life Church of Christ. Gracious business leaders of the community offered their large building to hold Church
services, and so it was that New Life Church of Christ began meeting at the Roanoke Technology Building, also known as the
RAC, on Becker Drive where services were held for several years. Meeting the first official Sunday in their established location,
approximately 225 people were in attendance to worship the Lord.
The original church leadership was established, naming Dick Adams, Ronald Jones, Dennis Parnell and Leroy Spruill as the
Elders. Deacons included Doug Barnes, Butch Harris, Dwayne Herring, Rusty Miles, Jay Rine, Ken Robol, Jim Sexton, and Dan
Smith. The leadership soon hired Billy Meinsen as the full time minister. This Church was established with the vision of above
all else, leading people to NEW LIFE in Jesus Christ. The mission was established based on the scripture from Luke 10:27 –
Teaching them to love the Lord with all their heart and with all their soul and with all their strength and with all their mind, and
to love their neighbor as they love themselves. With a belief in God's Word as the unerring truth, we seek strict adherence to
In late 2004, it was discovered that the RAC was going to be sold, and a new place to worship had to be found. On October 14,
2004, after many prayers for guidance, the old skating rink was purchased to become the new home of New Life Church of
Christ. Many hours of work were performed to transform this former skating rink, where many members had spent Friday and
Saturday evenings, into a place of worship. There were many obstacles along the way, but through perseverance and many
prayers, the first service was held January 23, 2005. Work has continued since that time remodeling and building classrooms
throughout the building.
Although people have come and gone, the church continues to thrive, striving to serve God according to his commandments.
|1718 E. 10th St., Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 * (252) 535-5355 * Billy Meinsen, Minister