Welcome to Newcastle Baptist

Know Who We Are

History

Glorifying God since 1968

In 1968 concerned Baptist’s met together in Newcastle, as there was no fellowship at the time they asked the Rev Alf Nieuwoudt, from the Dundee Baptist Church if he could help out with ministry. He went to Newcastle every second Thursday night to conduct a Bible Study and prayer meeting. It was here that the foundation for the Newcastle Baptist Church (NBC) was laid. By the end of April 1969 there were 10 persons meeting together and it was agreed that a Sunday evening service should be held. The first service was held on the evening of 4th May 1969. Thirty two people were present. Alf had heard that a new Iscor steel plant was to be established in Newcastle and, using the letterhead of the Dundee Baptist Church (with permission from the leaders, he made application to the Newcastle Municipality for a church site. He, Rev. Alf made a personal guarantee for the funds for the site even though his financial position did not warrant it. Alf felt that this was what the Lord wanted him to do. The Baptist Union (BU) had earlier turned down his request to make application for the site so he was on his own! The site was purchased for R800-00. The present site in Arbor Park was allocated to him. Shortly after this event the announcement was officially made that Iscor was to start work on the plant the General Secretary of the BU phoned Alf and requested him to secure land for a church, which he had already done!
The church building was brought into service in 1973 at a cost of R45000 (church and hall / nursery school area). The Baptist Union was involved with the purchase of the Church Manse and helped with financial support Nursery School – 1974 Department of Education, Natal approved the use of the hall as a nursery school at a R300 per month rental and a R11500 building grant – in return they would have the use of the premises for 10 years. In 1979 during the pastorate of Ken Baxter – the 1689 Confession of Faith was adopted as part of the constitution. The Newcastle Baptist church has always been identified with the “Reformed” teaching since then for which we are not ashamed as it is nothing less than that found in His precious Word! The church buildings and the manse were completely paid off during 1984 with much praise and thanksgiving Pastoral Families The church has been wonderfully provided with Godly pastors during the life of the church starting with Alf Nieuwoudt then Martin and Beryl Holdt; Ken and Ellen Baxter; Vernon and Heather Light; Peter and Sue Sammons; Elder (Burns Moller) Paul Jacob and Raymond Zulu; Brian and Violet Darroll and Japie and Stephanie van Kampen.