The newly renovated New Testament Baptist Church.
PHILIPSBURG–The pastor and leaders of New Testament Baptist Church (NTBC) are inviting the public to the re-dedication and celebration service of the sanctuary located on Cannegieter Street in Philipsburg, next to KFC, from 4:30 to 7:00pm Sunday, April 7.
The invited guest speaker for this grand event is Reverend Michael Junior George of Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church in St. Lucia.
New Testament Baptist Church was founded and established at its current location by Brother Robert Mayer in 1956. The helm was subsequently turned over to Pastor Charles (Charlie) Vlaun, and then to Pastor Alwyn Lake, followed by Pastor Wycliffe Smith, who is the current Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, and its present Pastor Nolan Nanton.
As the church’s membership increased, expansion was inevitable and the building was extended with the addition of the sanctuary upstairs. Maintenance was required as the years went by and on March 5, 2017, the leaders of NTBC took the decision to renovate the sanctuary.
As renovations reached 75 per cent completion Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused further devastation to the almost-completed building.
The damaged building has now been repaired with, among other things, a reinforced roof, the addition of an elevator to accommodate in particular the elderly and those who are physically challenged, and livestreaming facilities for the Sunday morning worship services.
The NTBC building has served as a hurricane shelter for the Philipsburg area for many years. It also houses a soup kitchen which has been providing meals for the less fortunate from Monday to Friday for over 25 years.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/86450-rededication-of-the-new-testament-baptist-church