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Church History

New Destiny Baptist Church began with its first meeting held April 22, 2010 at the Ruritan Club in Spotsylvania County, VA. The church began with monthly worship service before launching. The goal was to have the right focus for reaching others … that goal was “Making Disciples Who Make A Difference.”


Bishop Dr. Joel Nelson, the Church Planter, enlisted thirty five people, who included several ministers to help him prepare the church to accomplish a threefold task; (1) Exalt the Savior, (2) Equip the Saints, and (3) Evangelize the Sinner.

He was was born in New Roads, Louisiana.  He was licensed to preach in 1981 and ordained to the gospel ministry in 1982 by Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Lanham, Maryland.  For sixteen years, he served as the planter and pastor of New Jericho Community Church of Laurel, Maryland.

He is married to the former Ethel Louise Daniel of Orange, Virginia. Mrs. Nelson, a retired federal worker, ministers with her husband on many occasion in workshops and conferences.  She has also accompanied him on mission trips to places such as Austria, Rome, and into the New England states.  Their son Kevin Nelson resides in Prince Georges County, Maryland.

Bishop Dr. Joel Nelson worked as a pastoral counselor for five years and later served on the Board of Directors of the Prince Georges Pastoral Counseling Center in Lanham, Maryland.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in religion from Richmond Seminary, in Richmond VA., Master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola College of Baltimore, MD, and a Doctorate degree in Christian Counseling and Psychology from Carolina University of Theology, Charlotte, N.C.

In 2010, Dr. Nelson retired from his position as Director of Church Development for the Fredericksburg Area Baptist Network after twelve years of service.  He planted the New Destiny Baptist Church and its first meeting was held on April 22, 2010 at the Ruritan Club in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. The church began by having a monthly worship service before launching.  Its goal was to have the right focus and for reaching others, that goal was “Making Disciples Who Makes A Difference.”

New Destiny Baptist Church became partners with the Fredericksburg Baptist Area Network and Virginia Baptist Mission Board and was given assistance to lease a facility to house a sanctuary, classroom space, nursery, etc.

On October 3, 2010 New Destiny launched its weekly worship services.  The first service began with 85 people in attendance.

To make disciples by leading people to a life changing experience with Jesus Christ that results in an ongoing maturing and loving relationship with Him.

It is the vision to effectively disciple others and gain practical tools on how to be a part of God’s exciting process in making disciples.