Our Vision


Vision Statement

Preparing People to Meet God
“New beginnings start with truth.”


It is the Vision of this ministry to always seek the TRUTH and walk in it.

It is the Vision of a place where the children of God understand the father-child relationship and the peace and acceptance that is ours if we will see ourselves as Sons and Daughters, the way God created us in His image and likeness.

It is the Vision of a place where children of God will be discipled and equipped to become active, fulfilling the gifts and callings given to them to complete the purpose of God, evangelizing the lost and encouraging the saints to magnify God.

It is the Vision of this ministry to understand that it belongs to God, not man, and our efforts are as unto the Lord and will not burn on the day of the believers' judgment but will produce crowns to be laid at the feet of Jesus Christ. We will then receive our rewards that will last throughout eternity.

It is the Vision of this ministry to be a Great Commission Church that will grow and reach many people — through evangelism locally and abroad, through global missions, through media ministries, and through the local body with the expression of the Holy Spirit living in us.

It is the Vision of this ministry to Forever understand that it is the ANOINTING POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT that breaks the yoke of bondage; and we can, and will, be set free from the captivity that keeps us from achieving the predestined will of God for our lives. 


What We Believe

Our Core Principles

The Holy Scripture
We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible, irrevocable and complete Word of God. (2 Tim. 3:16,17)

The Eternal Godhead
We believe God is Triune: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the three in one. (1 John 5:7)

The Fall of Man 
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that by voluntary disobedience he fell from perfection. (Rom. 5:12)

Basis of Salvation
We believe that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, signing the pardon of all who believe on Him and confess Jesus Christ as their Lord. (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8, Rom. 10:9-10)

Salvation through Grace
We believe that before salvation we have no righteousness of our own and must come to God through the righteousness of Christ. (Eph. 2:8)

Repentance and Acceptance
We believe that upon sincere repentance and a wholehearted acceptance of Christ as Lord, we are justified before God. (1 John 1:9)

The New Birth
We believe that the change which takes place in the heart and life at conversion is a literal one and is the result of being born of the Spirit of God. (2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 2:20; John 3:5-7)

Daily Christian Life
We believe that it is the will of God that we live a sanctified and holy life, growing constantly in the Faith. (Heb. 6:1)

Water Baptism
We believe that baptism by immersion in water is an outward sign of the inward work of salvation. (Matt. 28:19)

The Lord’s Supper
We believe in the commemoration of the Lord’s Supper by the symbolical use of the bread and the juice of the vine. (1 Cor. 11:28)

Baptism of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is to endue the believer with power, and that His empowering is after the same manner as in Bible days. (Acts 1:8; 2:4)

The Spirit-Filled Life
We believe that it is the will of God that we walk in the Spirit continually. (Rom. 8:1-2; 14-16)

The Gifts and the Fruit of the Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit has gifts to bestow upon the Christian and that we should show spiritual fruit as evidence of a Spirit-filled life. (1 Cor. 12:1-11; Gal. 5:22-23; Rom. 12:6-8; Eph. 4:11-13)


Pastors Jerry and Susan Lankford have been faithfully serving the Lord here at New Beginnings since 2001. In those years there have been many changes, but one thing remains the same: their passion for the lost and dying world, and the desire to see it changed. We invite you to come be a part of what the Lord is doing here at New Beginnings, and serve with us as we prepare to meet God.

Service Times

Sunday Morning Worship Service Times

  • Adult Sunday Bible Study: 9:30 am to 10:15 am
  • Worship Service: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • Children's Church (1st thru 6th Grade) 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Wednesday Night Service

  • Corporate Prayer 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
  • Adult Bible Study, Royal Rangers, National Girls Ministry, Regenerated Youth  7:00 pm to 8:15 pm


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Historical Sketch North Florida Theological Seminary was conceived and developed to meet the needs of the Body of Christ in education for persons preparing for Christian ministry vocations. In 1983 William Sikes Sr. had the vision to begin an institution that would offer quality Christian education at affordable pricing; North Florida Baptist Theological Seminary, reaching beyond "just" Baptist to serve the whole body of Christ. State of Florida Authorization  NFTS is authorized by the state of Florida to operate as a theological seminary with degree offerings. NFTS meets the requirements for Florida Statute s.246.084 Authorization under the State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities, specifically as a s.246.084(3) authorized college. Accreditation NFTS has never made application for regional accreditation as we believe it could jepordize our philosophical distinctives. Discrimination NFTS does not discriminate for financial, racial, or national origin. We follow a Biblical mandate. We accept male and female students. We also accept only students of Christian testimony AND walk. Denominational Affiliation Doctrinally Christian, NFTS reaches across denominational lines. NO FINANCIAL SUPPORT COMES FROM ANY DENOMINATION OR THE GOVERNMENT! Mission Statement All students and faculty are encouraged to foster a living and growing personal relationship with God, learning to walk in the Spirit moment by moment. NOTHING will make you more fit for the Master's use. "Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit; teaching them to do all that I commanded you; and I AM with you always even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20. NFTS will help prepare you for educational, ministerial and missionary service. The degree programs of this seminary are designed solely for religious vocations. Degree Programs NFTS offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral programs for Christian Education, Ministry, Theology and Biblical Studies. Certificate Christian Education or Biblical Studies 30 Credit Hours Associates Degree Program 60 credit hours total* Christian Education, Ministry, or Biblical Studies / High School Diploma or GED 15 credit hours from Old Testament; 300 word minimum report each class 15 credit hours from New Testament; 300 word minimum report each class 15 credit hours from Doctrinal Studies; 300 word minimum report each class 15 credit hours from Ministry Practical Skills; 300 word minimum report each class Bachelors Degree Program 120 credit hours total* Christian Education, Ministry, or Biblical Studies / Associates degree of 60 credit hours 15 credit hours from Old Testament; 300 word minimum report each class 15 credit hours from New Testament; 300 word minimum report each class 15 credit hours from Doctrinal Studies; 300 word minimum report each class 15 credit hours from Ministry Practical Skills; 300 word minimum report each class Masters Degree Program 36 credit hours total* Christian Education, Ministry, Theology, or Biblical Studies / Bachelors degree of 120 credit hours 6 credit hours from Old Testament; 500 word minimum report each class 6 credit hours from New Testament; 500 word minimum report each class 6 credit hours from Doctrinal Studies; 500 word minimum report each class 6 credit hours from Ministry Practical Skills; 500 word minimum report each class 8 credit hours — Four Independent Research Projects; 2000 word report each 4 credit hours Masters Thesis; 6000 word minimum Doctors Degree Program 36 credit hours total* Christian Education or Ministry / Masters degree of 36 credit hours 6 credit hours from Old Testament; 1200 word minimum report each class 6 credit hours from New Testament; 1200 word minimum report each class 6 credit hours from Ministry Practical Skills; 1200 word minimum report each class 12 credit hours — Four Independent Research Projects; 1500 word minimum each 6 credit hours Doctoral Dissertation; 12,000 word minimum Additional Credits Resident students attending class in person may write a class summary for AM and PM sessions. 1.5 credit hours for each session. Students may read & write book reports with Faculty approval, word counts according to degree level i.e. undergraduate 300 word minimum, graduate 500 to 1200 word counts. Mentoring It is recommended that all students resident and distance-learning select, with mutual agreement, a mentor to share practical ministry experiences with. Your Pastor or other mature Christian leader can help you develop your practical ministry skills, opportunities to preach, how to make hospital visitation, home visitation. How to conduct wedding, funerals, infant dedications, and believer baptisms. How to conduct Pastoral counseling and jail or nursing home ministry. Not every Pastor stands in front of a church on Sunday morning, not every evangelist holds stadium meetings, not every teacher stands at the head of the classroom. Our prayer for you is that you will learn to walk in the presence & power of the Holy Spirit and...... GO, serve your King! Admissions Degree programs require High School graduation or GED. Application with $40.00 non-refundable fee. Undergraduates may receive up to 30 credit hours for previous Christian service. Completion of Seminary Qualifying Exam Transfer Credits Students may receive credits for courses completed at other institutions of higher learning. Student may present transcripts for review and acceptance, a grade of C or higher is required for acceptance. Acceptance will be determined by the Scholarship committee. If you transfer NFTS credits to another school it is YOUR responsibility to verify whether the new school will accept them. To receive a degree from NFTS Twenty-five percent of credit hours for said degree MUST be earned from classes here at the Seminary. Financial Information It is the responsibility of the student to arrange payment of tuition and related expenses. Application fee: $40.00 non-refundable Graduation fee: $150.00 non-refundable Certificate, Associates & Bachelors Fees $30.00 per credit hour Masters fees: $40.00 per credit hour Doctoral fees: $50.00 per credit hour Transcripts are $10.00 per copy



Wednesdays @ 7:00 P.M.  Our Youth Is Our Future The crowd's roar fades into the background as the runner focuses on the narrow lane before him. Crouching now in the starting position, he is at once both raw energy coiled, ready to spring and poised calmness, steadily focused. One thought fixes itself in his mind, "I was made to run!" As the starting pistol sounds, the runner uncoils and in a single fluid motion, energy becomes movement...the race is on! For young men and women moving toward adulthood, the starting line looms nearer and nearer. The excitement of independence is mixed with concerns about readiness. Parents, too, share in this concern. They have invested much...but wonder...is it enough? It's at this stage that an important team can form around teens. Working in concert with parents, this team coaches teens to begin life's race well! From the basics, to the difficult to discuss issues, we want to be there as a resources for parents and teens. From Bible studies, to campus ministries, from discussion groups to local outreaches and world missions, from life skills to sexual purity, we work to make life work for young men and women. Sure we address tough issues, but we have a great time doing it. Here teens not only grow in Christ, they grow together. As friendships spawn, a powerful new peer group springs up around them which encourages the right things and provides positive help if things go wrong. We believe in our mission to engage, embrace and elevate every teen. It is a cliche. I know, but nevertheless, it is true. Our future will only be as good as our young people. Here at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, we believe in our youth and we know very well that our Heavenly Father does, too. In fact, it is because of His great love for these young people that we have spent a great deal of energy and resources to reach out to them. We believe that every teenager that walks through our doors has an important and vital part to play in the Kingdom of God. If you are looking for a place that is safe, where there is room to grow, and where everyone genuinely cares, then please come hang out with us. We promise to make you feel welcome, allowing you to just be you, no pressure and no worries.   Upcoming Events Winter Jam 2014, please contact Cory Hutchcraft (904) 655-1146 for more information!  


La Gonave Well Project

La Gonave Well Project The island of La Gonâve sits just off the Haitian Coastline; it lies about 75 miles Northeast of Port Au Prince. The small mountainous island is only ten miles wide and 37 miles long. At one time, La Gonâve was a lush, tropical Caribbean island, the kind we all dream about. Originally discovered by Christopher Columbus, it was later occupied by French pirates in the 1600s. During the 1800s the pirates were disbanded and rule returned to ten tribes of Haitians. The population was a quaint 12,000 inhabitance. Life changed dramatically in the 1960s, when the Haitian Government began rounding up the poorest of the poor from the capitol city of Port and deporting them to La Gonâve. This deportation was a government effort to “clean up” the mainland. During this era, the poor Haitian immigrants caused the population on La Gonâve to balloon to over 100,000. The sudden increase severely strained the natural resources necessary to sustain life on La Gonâve. Conditions once again plummeted in the 1980s when La Gonâve was annexed under the jurisdiction of Port Au Prince. This allowed wealthy businessmen the right to strip the island of all natural resources; the people of La Gonâve were left with barren, rocky landscape. The trees form the heavily wooded island were harvested and exported, leaving the topsoil to erode from tropical storms. The once lush Caribbean island now better resembles the landscape of the moon . With rampant disease, limited drinking-water, no government infrastructure, and no sustainable economy the people of La Gonâve are truly born to die. People exist with no hope or ability to improve their lives. The primary issue on La Gonâve is the great lack of fresh drinking water. Less than 20 percent of the fresh, potable water required to sustain the current population is available. People hike an average of 2.5 miles (one way) to collect water from cesspools full of disease. Children often fetch the family water-supply using antifreeze or other plastic containers that have washed up on the shores. The use of children for water-collection severely hampers their ability to receive an education. The child-death rate is understandably high in La Gonâve because of the terrible living conditions. Additionally, a recent outbreak of Cholera has compounded this number. Life-expectancy rates for those surviving childhood is still an astonishingly young 45 years. The high mortality rate is caused primarily by the lack of fresh drinking water and nourishing food. Children regularly eat mud cakes as nothing else is available and a human cannot survive without ‘food’ for long. Mud cakes are made from dirt and urine. Families have few options because soil erosion (and lack of equipment) means there is little agriculture to produce food. Even marine life is depleted because of overfishing. La Gonâve is considered part of Port Au Prince which means little-to-no funding is allocated to the island. There are no government education, healthcare, water-supply or road-construction agencies providing basic necessities to the La Gonâve people. No sustainable economy on La Gonâve means that unemployment is stifling. The average family lives on an annual income of $500 which translates to $1.36 per day. Families that create homes live in cinder-block or stick buildings with no water, electricity of proper bathroom facilities. Many consider La Gonâve to be the poorest place in the world. Living conditions are so horrific that parents are known to abandon their children around the age of six by beating them or leaving them in the mountains so they cannot find their way home. These deserted children can be found in packs running free around mountainous paths attempting to fend for themselves. To change a culture you must start with one ingredient: hope. Hope must be instilled in the hearts of Haitians living on La Gonave before any lasting change can be created. There is an old Haitian proverb, “sak vid pa kampe” which means “an empty sack can’t stand up.” Without hope, how can they rebuild? We believe that we can bring the hope to the island, by sharing the love of Christ with the people of La Gonave. Although we are using physical means to assist them with everyday needs, our main focus is pointing them toward Christ to fufill their every need!     VISION: Compassion for LaGonave Island I was introduced to LaGonave Island in 2013 through a member of New Beginnings who was raised on the island. His four sisters and him left the island during President Clinton’s administration and came to the United States as refugees. His sister, Roseanne met another refugee  named Micler Louis from LaGonave in Florida, they married, had three children and started a small grocery store business in Miami. After a few years they felt God leading them to go back to her village and start an orphanage and school. When I heard their story and learned the only source of water for the upper half of the island was from rain, I felt impressed from God to dig a well for them. In July of 2013 I traveled to LaGonave Island to make an assessment of the orphanage and discovered conditions that caused the compassion of Christ to rise up in me greater than just a well. I have been to Haiti several times but this trip I learned was going to be a much more challenging than before but God put on my heart so strong this assignment I knew to go was the only option. I came back different than any trip I had been on after observing these people not only need fresh water, they are hungry and many need medical attention. I realized on that trip the assignment must increase and would take a greater effort to accomplish the mission. We learn from scripture the extreme compassion Jesus had for the needs of others and that’s the reason our commitment comes from a grateful heart realizing there are others with difficulties that we can share the same love God gave to us. In my meditation of this opportunity, I realized the tremendous blessing that is ahead for LaGonave Island that they cannot begin to comprehend. For generations life for these dear people has been the same, living every day responding to thirst, hunger, and basic shelter. In this specific area these people are unimportant and don’t even have a birth certificate because the government doesn’t know who lives or dies. In intercession for this assignment Elder Chris prayed, “BUT WITH GOD THEY DO, AND HE KNOWS THEM BY NAME”!!!  Our Vision is; drill the wells, build a clinic, and teach them how to raise enough food to feed their people. When we do this they will come from the top half of the island to the orphanage and we will be there to meet their basic needs and then share God’s love, and His Living Water. I believe that our obedience and effort has the potential to reach the entire top half of LaGonave Island for Christ. As we come into unity as the body of Christ to accomplish this assignment from our Lord, our blessing will begin as we  build our eternal reward account (ERA) for Christ and everyday for the rest of our lives, we can start our thanking our Almighty God for allowing us to give fresh water, food, and medical attention to a people that He created in His image, just like you and me. As we step out in faith to do the possible on our part, God will step in and do the impossible to put the different parts of his body together as a team. Let’s join together to do something bigger than ourselves and create a Good Samaritan story of compassion from the love of God in our heart to LaGonave Island for His glory and may God bless you in all your commitment. Helping others, from time to time, Pastor Jerry Get current updates on our Blog  http://lagonavewellproject.blogspot.com/ Projects you can support! 1.     Dig two wells. Cost - $7000.00 (1 hand pump, 1 electric pump) 2.     Build Clinic with solar panel electricity. Cost - $10,000.00 3.     Aquaponics vegetable garden. Cost - $3,000.00 4.     Build Aquaponics vegetable garden prototype here 5.     Trip to La Gonave in June to build projects  Indicate "LaGonave" in the Invoice/Referenece Box

La Gonave Well Project

Royal Rangers

Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM Reaching, Teaching, and Keeping Boys for Christ! What is Royal Rangers? Royal Rangers is a mentoring program for future men. We provide Christlike character formation and servant leadership development for boys and young men in a highly relational and fun environment. Our mission is to evangelize, equip, and empower the next generation of Christlike men and lifelong servant leaders. Mentoring Future Men We are prepared to take Royal Rangers to a whole new generation of future men, to the iPod generation. The iPod has three characteristics important to its users. These same qualities are reflected in Royal Rangers.   Robust Mechanically, every iPod is the same. It is a robust electronic device designed to deliver high quality music. Royal Rangers is likewise a robust mentoring ministry that shapes future men into godly husbands and fathers and excellent servant leaders in every sphere of life. Royal Rangers is a tool that men and boys, serving together, can use to evangelize their world, equip the next generation of Christlike men, and empower them to become lifelong servant leaders.   Flexible & Effective Functionally, each iPod is unique, reflecting the user’s choices and preferences in music and media. Royal Rangers is also highly flexible and agile, enabling each outpost to implement our effective discipleship process while reflecting the preferences and practices of its local church leaders to best impact the families in its communities. Interconnected An iPod is a device that is highly interconnected with other technologies. In a similar way, Royal Rangers is highly modular and interconnected, a complement to the ministries of any church. Royal Rangers serves as a compliment to other church ministries. The Value of Royal Rangers Royal Rangers provides an effective means of discipling boys and young men by utilizing direct personal relationships between men and boys, developed around a core of shared interests and experiences. Activity-based ministries are essential to the spiritual development of boys. Core Principles The Royal Rangers program is defined by the core principles upon which it was built. These core principles of evangelism, discipleship, leadership, achievement, and service are represented by our pledge, code, motto, and emblem.

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