Elder Darriel Menefee
Minister of Music
The New Life Music Ministry consists of a host of anointed voices, three choirs, two praise teams, a staff of musicians, a dance/mime ministry, a banner ministry, technology and sound departments, which are all led by our Minister of Music, Elder Darriel Menefee.
The New Beginnings Choir
The New Beginnings Choir: children between the ages of 5 and 12, is led by Deaconess Vertis Williams. Children who like to sing are taught at a young age the fundamentals of singing to glorify God.
The New Beginnings choir rehearses
every Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
The Youth Choir
The Youth Choir: young adults between the ages of 13 and 25, is led by Director Elder Menefee. The Youth Choir continues the process that which was started in the New Beginnings choir. As the church's young people continue to grow in their knowledge, understanding, and love of God, their musical potential and capabilities also increase. With this growth, these young adults learn the importance of music as a ministry.
The Youth Choir rehearses every Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
The Adult Choir
The Adult Choir : adults between the ages of 18 and glory.
The Adult Choir is the mainstay of New Life's music ministry. The commitment, expectations, and demands on this choir are the greatest. Christian outreach and spreading God's word through song is the objective and purpose of this choir.
The Adult Choir rehearses every Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
The Praise Teams
The Praise Teams - New Life has two Praise Teams: The Adult Praise Team, currently consisting of nine members, and the Youth Praise Team, currently consisting of four members. Each Sunday, one of the Praise Teams leads the choir and congregation in singing songs of praise and worship to create an atmosphere to receive the Spirit of God. Participation as a praise team member is by appointment by the Minister of Music.
Audio/Visual Department - New Life's audio/visual department, under the management of Bro. Mike Jessie, is responsible for making sure the church's audio/visual systems are operable and regularly maintained. They are also responsible for insuring that all services, concerts, and special events are available to the congregation as well as the general public, via CD and DVD. Recordings can be purchased from the Audio/Visual Department, or on our website Donations page.
NLBC Music Ministry Mission Statement
The members of the New Life Baptist Church Music Ministry will serve the Lord with gladness and contribute to the collective mission of praising God in His sanctuary with the spirit of excellence. We do so because of our love for Christ and our personal desire to use the gifts and talents He has bestowed upon us.
As participants in this ministry, we understand that Christ wants to present to Himself a glorious church; one not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but one that is Holy and without blemish [Ephesians 5:27]. As such, we commit ourselves to the advancement and growth of the kingdom of God through New Life Baptist Church, specifically its music ministry. We will do so by giving God our most excellent service.
In our endeavor to give God our best, we take ownership and responsibility for preparing for His service, realizing that in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some of honor and some of dishonor. We will be vessels of honor; sanctified and useful to God, prepared for every good work [2 Timothy 2:20-21].
Although each member of this ministry is an individual, we are also members of a "fellowship of the Spirit". We must be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord and of one mind with others within this ministry. [Philippians 2:1-2] We know that it is God who works in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure. We will do all things for Him without murmuring and disputing. [Philippians 2:13-14]
In short, we agree to do more than ever before-more to develop and prepare our gifts and talents for worship; more to work in harmony and fellowship with others; more to minister (serve) in music to meet the needs of the congregation; and finally, more to present ourselves a living sacrifice of praise "Holy and acceptable unto God" which is our reasonable service as part of the Music Ministry.