NEW CHURCH FAMILY is a nondenominational faith community that has been conducting Christian ministry for everyone and a special outreach to the gay-lesbian-transgender-bisexual community in the Daytona area since 1986. Our modern, spacious building on US 92 also serves as a GLBT community center, hosting various secular events such as dance parties, films, support groups and workshops. We also are happy to share our space with anyone -- gay or straight -- desiring a Christian wedding, Holy Union, baptism, funeral or memorial service.
BRIEF HISTORY – The congregation formerly known as Hope Metropolitan Community Church met Feb. 3, 2008 to re-establish itself as New Church Family in leased space on Beville Road, South Daytona. We incorporated as a Florida non-profit and hold 501-3-c tax-exempt status. Later in 2008, the congregation voted to join International Christian Community Churches, based in Asheville, N.C., but later voluntarily exited the denomination in August 2014. The church has been independent since that point.
In August 2012, after a two-year property search, the church purchased the 4100-square-foot headquarters of the Volusia Building Industry Association for $287,500, using investments from its Building Fund. The purchase of the property at 3520 W. International Speedway Blvd.in western Daytona Beach gave us a central location, close to three major highways. It tripled the space of the church, giving it a meeting hall for 100 people, plus 2 offices, boardroom, library, full kitchen, lobby and reception area. It is available for rental by outside groups and for weddings — inquire at 386-527-5952.
PASTOR -- In October 2015, Donna Choate joined our ministry leadership as Lay Leader, and in June 2016 was affirmed as interim pastor, succeeding Rev. Susan B. Roth, who retired after three years as pastor and seven years as associate pastor. In February 2017, Rev. Donna was affirmed as senior pastor, and in February 2018 was reaffirmed by the congregation for an additional two years as our spiritual leader. Rev. Donna is the ninth pastor to lead our church. Earlier pastors were Revs. Jean Levy, Ted Morgan, Bob Finch, Steve Steele, Lee Carlton, Jim Lynch and B.J. "Beau" McDaniels. Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell served as an interim pastor for a year
BOARD -- As of Februay 2018, the board of directors of NCF consists of David McBride, president; Charlene Rywant, vice president; Jerry Nelson, secretary, Jeff De Young, treasurer, and Gil Jordan and Judi Omelia, at-large members. Rev. Donna Choate serves on the board ex officio. Jerry Corlis, with 36 years of church membership, serves as a non-voting honorary board member.