The Bus Ministry of New Life Baptist Church was the first and most enduring of all ministries started here for the purpose of reaching souls by bringing children and adults to New Life for the purpose of hearing the gospel and teaching them the Word of God.
Pastor Steele was a bus captain at the church he was discipled in and has always had a passion for children. The ministry at New Life started with 15 children and 6 adults in an old store front building on Highway 601 in 1982.
With an old bus and a pastor who believed in reaching everybody, he went to neighborhoods all over the Concord, Kannapolis area knocking on doors every Saturday with flyers inviting children and adults to come to church. Some of those same children, are now productive members of New Life Baptist Church and most work in the ministry with their pastor.
Some of the buses have given way to modern more gas consverving vans which are used to ferry older adults as well to church. The bus ministry of New Life has extended over the greater Charlotte region for most of the last 28 years with at one time 14 bus routes carrying over 800 people every Sunday. They went to towns such as Albermarle, Concord, Kannapolis, Charlotte, Lincolnton, Mooresville, Huntersville, Denver, and Salisbury.
The Bus ministry is directed by our Assistant Pastor, Gary Withers, has been the face of the bus ministry for many years. The bus ministry has endured in spite of the rising cost of gas and insurance and has weathered many financial and personal storms. Our trust here at New Life has been in the Lord Jesus Christ and carrying out his great commission. We have endeavored to give him preeminence and he has come through time after time by providing the means to keep bringing our folks to church.