Bethel Baptist Church
N. Trade Street
New Bethel Baptist
Bethel Baptist Church had a humble beginning in one of the most depressed
sections of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, namely "The
Pond." The church was founded in 1890 in the home of Mr. John
Lee and his wife, Mrs. Alice Snow Lee, who lived across the street from
the present structure on Trade Street.
Reverend G. H. E.
New Bethel Baptist
The membership grew under the
administration of the following ministers: Reverends C. L. Davis, J.
H. Goer, S. Franklin, Henry Brown, Joshua Perry, G. H. E. Washington, J.
A. Williston and G. W. Kilgore. The first seven pastors served only
short periods ranging from six months to three years. It was under
the pastorate of Reverend Washington that a lot was purchased at the cost
of $960 with a membership totaling about 25 persons.
Reverend Washington soon resigned.
1904, Reverend G. W. Kilgore of Danville, Virginia was elected
pastor. He proposed a plan to construct a brick auditorium at an
approximate cost of $9,000. One cornerstone at the church bears his
name. He resigned in April 1910.
Reverend G. W. Kilgore
Reverend J. H. Hamlin
|In 1911, the Reverend J. H.
Hamlin, a former slave who was born in Virginia, became pastor of the
church. With his wise counselship and spiritual guidance, the
membership of New Bethel Baptist Church reached a total of 4,096 persons
during the years between 1915 through 1931.
|Reverend J. C. Gilmore was called as
pastor of the church in 1933. He found the church well organized
with 13 ordained deacons and 8 trustees. Also, there was a large
membership eager to follow the "Man of God," He remained
pastor until his health failed.
Reverend J. C. Gilmore
Dr. Jerry Drayton
May 1944, the Deacon Board unanimously recommended that Reverend Jerry
Drayton, a graduate student of Howard University in Washington, DC, become
pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church. He began his pastoral duties in
June 1944. Dr. Drayton retired from his position as Pastor of New
Bethel Baptist Church effective August 31, 2006. He was given the
honor of being Pastor Emeritus at that time. He is the longest tenured pastor in the City
of Winston-Salem with over 62 years of service to New Bethel. He
oversaw the progress of the church through the years with a working,
cooperative and progressive membership. In addition, Dr. Drayton was very effective, visible and vocal leader in the community and has
championed the cause for racial equality and made history as a
"first" along the way. He was a trailblazer not only
with his activities in Winston-Salem, NC but also in the General
Baptist State and National
Dr. Jerry Drayton passed May 2012 at the age
Upon recommendation from the Pastoral
Search Committee and the Official Boards of New Bethel Baptist Church, the
members of New Bethel voted July 23, 2006 to elect the Reverend Dr.
Kendall D. Jones, Sr. as pastor. His first day as pastor was
September 1, 2006. The Installation
Service for Reverend Dr. Kendall D. Jones, Sr. was held on Sunday, October
8, 2006 at the 11:00 a.m. worship hour.
The Reverend Dr. Kendall
Dwayne Jones, Sr. was born October 8, 1962 in Little Rock, Arkansas where
he received his formal education. He earned the Bachelor of Arts
Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Ouachita Baptist University in
Arkadelphia, Arkansas; the Master of Divinity Christian Social Ministries
Degree in Pastor/Social Worker from the Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from
Midwestern Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City,
Missouri. He has received first and second year training as a
resident and supervisor in training/Adjunct Faculty in Clinical Pastoral Education
both in Little Rock and Kansas City.
becoming Pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North
Carolina, Reverend Dr. Jones pastored in Burtsel, Arkansas and at Second
Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Under his pastorate at
Second Baptist, membership increased tremendously and his radio ministry
flourished. He has served as Associate Minister in several churches
and as Student Chaplain and Instructor of Sociology at Ouachita Baptist
He was a member of the United Baptist
Fellowship at Southern Seminary and the Minister's Alliance at Ouachita
Baptist University. His civic activities were numerous, including
Chairman of the Board/Research Medical Center; Executive Board
Member/Healthcare Corporation of America; Pastoral Care Professional
Consultation Committee; Deputy Registrar of Clark County; Committeeman of
the Clark County Democratic Party; and Outstanding Missourian given by the
Missouri House of Representatives, 93rd General Assembly, on March 5,
Reverend Dr. Jones is married to the gracious
Mrs. Mae Jones and they are the parents of two sons: Kendall Dwayne,
Jr. and Allan Jermaine.
In his personal life,
Reverend Dr. Jones has sought to have a daily walk with the Lord through
praying, fasting, reading and serving. He has a desire to get to
know the members to which God has called him to serve. In his
professional life, in support of ministry, he has had various academic and
clinical pursuits which he believes God will help him to
use to assist other in spiritual and personal matters.
Reverend Dr. Kendall D. Jones, Sr.
New Bethel Baptist Church