In 1978 God gave Pastor A.G. Blackwood a vision to establish a house of worship in the borough of queens in the state of New York. The visionary moved according to the word of the Lord and in March 1978 a building located at 112-07 Francis Lewis Blvd. was purchased through the provision of God. The first service held comprised; the Blackwood family and five friends. The leading and the blessing of God was visible in the newly established work.
In March1981 the church was incorporated in accordance with article X of the Religious Corporation Law of the state of New York with its name The New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ Apostolic Inc., and its foundation rooted and established in the apostolic doctrine. Although Pastor Blackwood fellowshipped with the Rehoboth Churches of God headquartered in Baltimore, MD, the New Jerusalem Church maintained its independence and took full responsibility of its existence as an organization. The church acquired exempt status under section 501 C3 of the Internal Revenue service.
Due to the continuous growth of the congregation, the visionary Pastor began to see the need for a larger edifice. He mobilized the congregation in raising funds for this purpose and in 1991 four lots of land were purchased at 130-08 Springfield Blvd, Springfield Gardens. The members continued to labor faithfully with their pastor and in 1995 the mortgage on these lots were paid off. The architectural firm of Gary Santos was hired to draw a blueprint of the building, the consultant firm of the T.R. Group was retained in an advisory capacity and B.L Sherman Industries was hired as the general contractor. The Chase Manhattan Bank gave its commitment to Finance the project under the Community Development Program and in 1997 construction began for the new sanctuary.
On Saturday May 15th 1999, The New Jerusalem Church family with hundreds of well wishers and friends marched proudly under the leading of God and with the protection of the New York Police Department from 112-07 Francis Lewis Blvd. to 130-08 Springfield Boulevard to dedicate the new sanctuary.
In November 2002, the church purchased an adjoining property that is presently used as a parking lot.
Among the many ministries within New Jerusalem, an outreach ministry, C.O.M.E (Christians Outreach Mission Endeavor) was established. Its purpose is to facilitate the physical and temporal needs of the community. There is an annual Thanksgiving meal provided for individuals living in homeless shelters within the community. The church also has a weekly broadcast on public television throughout the Metropolitan area, which includes Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan. The Jerusalem Hour has taken the airwaves by storm with an overwhelming response, giving birth to a 24-hour prayer line. The church kept up with the changing of our time, and established this website.
Under the Leadership of Bishop A.G. Blackwood the work of the Lord was extended. It now includes:
The New Jerusalem Church Of Philadelphia
5701 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Pastor:Reverend Valentine Archibald
The New Jerusalem Church Of Georgia
5258 Rockbridge Drive SW
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Pastor:Bishop A.G. Blackwood
To date the church family is proud to celebrate its thirtieth year of ministry with miracles, signs and wonders that are too numerous to mention. The Church solicits your sincere prayers as we endeavor to accomplish the mandate given to us by God to “DECLARE THE WORKS OF THE LORD” for the saving of souls.