New Light Christian
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We are a ministry that has been called to build people of purpose, power and praise. We depend on the Holy Spirit to lead us exactly where God wants us to go. We know that an understanding of God’s Word is what you need to change your life.
We are committed to helping you find your purpose and God’s plan for your life. You will learn more in 90 days than you may have learned your entire life in church. From prosperity to divine healing, we teach God’s Word uncompromisingly and with passion.
We are one church in multiple locations, and we invite you to worship with us LIVE at one of our Texas locations (North, South and Beaumont). Just click the “Services” tab to find out times and get directions.
New Light Christian Center Church (NLCCC) was founded by Apostle. I. V. and Lady Bridget Hilliard in 1984 with approximately 23 members. Membership currently numbers over 20,000 and is increasing at a rate of 200 – 300 monthly. Four years before establishing NLCCC, Apostle Hilliard had been pastoring a denominational church called New Light Missionary Baptist Church on Jensen Drive in Houston, Texas.
While pastoring the denominational church, Apostle Hilliard experienced the supernatural move of God in his life and was filled with the Holy Spirit, as evidenced by speaking in other tongues. The truth of speaking in tongues had not been taught in his denominational church. He accepted a holy mandate from God to teach the truth of God’s Word uncompromisingly, as he attempted to convert the church on several occasions. After experiencing persecution, loss of membership, and setbacks, Apostle Hilliard would go back to his traditional method of teaching.
On the first Sunday in September 1984, Apostle Hilliard made a bold declaration that his congregation of 300 members would no longer be New Light Missionary Baptist Church. The new church would be called New Light Church World Outreach and Worship Centers. He maintained that God had called him to influence two areas in the city of Houston (North and South). Following the bold declaration, the next Sunday, the 300-member congregation dropped to 23. Determined not to be moved by what he saw, Apostle Hilliard continued to lead that congregation in the ways of God. He taught God’s Word boldly and unashamedly. The church began to grow as a result of the teaching.
Continuing to follow God’s mandate for his life, Apostle Hilliard pursued the vision of planting a church in North and South Houston. With a strong witness from God, Apostle Hilliard led his congregation to a warehouse office building in December 1985, in North Houston. Building people of Purpose, Power, and Praise, the vision of “One Church, Two Locations”, was kept ever before the people. In the fall of 1987, a new Bible Study was the seed for the beginning of the South Location. The South Location was established as Light Christian Center in September 1990. The vision was manifested when the names of both locations were combined into “New Light Christian Center Church.”
Being a man of vision and always sensitive to the move of God’s Spirit, Apostle Hilliard declared this ministry would build “Twin Buildings” in the city. The Twin Building Project began with the completion of the two Family Life Centers; the South Location in July 1995 and the North Location in October 1995. The SafePlaza (Lightning Mall) Facility – North Location was completed in October of 1997 and the South Location was completed in March 1998. The Superstructure, a 5,000-seat auditorium, was completed in 2003 at the North location. This multi-million dollar project was dedicated without a mortgage. In September 1996 the ministry expanded its outreach with a location in Beaumont, Texas. In addition, a location in Austin, Texas, was begun in September 2001.
In September 2005, Apostle Hilliard had a strong intrusive thought from God to pursue the purchase of the former Lakewood Northeast facility. After a time of negotiation, New Light purchased the 215,000 square feet 63-acre facility in Northeast Houston with a $2 Million down payment. This purchase expanded the ministry to now include a Hilliard Vocational Bible Institute (HVBI) which is the first of its kind. In 2009, the ministry made Houston N.E.W.S. (North, East, West, South) by establishing New Light Church – West Houston. In December 2016 the Austin location was given to the on-site pastor and the name was changed and the church was disconnected from New Light Church. In January 2017 the Beaumont location installed Pastors Terry and Tina Egans as the on-site pastors.
In January 2018, after 10 years of mentoring his daughter, Apostle Hilliard appointed his successor Dr. Irishea Hilliard as the Sr. Pastor of New Light Church. With the appointment of Dr. Irishea Hilliard as Sr. Pastor of New Light Church, the West campus was sold and the members of the West campus committed to the North and South Campus.
After thirty-three (33) years of founding and pastoring New Light Church, Apostle Hilliard and Pastor Bridget Hilliard have now fully embraced the Evangelical division of New Light.
Sharing over 90 part-time and full-time employees to assist the church and Evangelical division. The Hilliard’s are committed to creating and cultivating an authentic church experience that glorifies God and exceeds all expectations. Their unwavering compassion for people along with their faithfulness to build into God’s people, PURPOSE, POWER, and PRAISE will continue yielding great results in the Kingdom of God.
For more Information, please call the church office at (281)875-4448.
- In the triune God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; Jesus Christ is true God and true man.
The Holy Spirit is a divine person.
- All scripture is given by the inspiration of God.
- All have sinned and come short of the glory of God and are in need of salvation.
Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men.
It is the will of God that every Believer be filled with the Holy Spirit
Healing is provided in the redemptive work of Christ and is available to every Believer.
The Church consists of all who have received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
- There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust.
In the personal, visible, imminent return of Jesus Christ.
In water baptism and observance of the Lord’s Supper.