New Church Family is the latest name of a faith community that has been conducting Christian ministry and 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. 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, but continues to study outside affiliations.
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 tripled the space of the church, giving it a meeting hall for 100 people, plus 3 offices, boardroom, full kitchen, lobby and reception area. It is available for rental by outside groups and for weddings — inquire at 386-527-5952.
PASTOR -- In April 2013, Rev. Susan B. Roth, formerly our associate pastor, agreed to return from her North Carolina home and rejoin the church as interim pastor. On June 30, 2013, Rev. Susan was affirmed unanimously as permanent pastor by the church membership. She was reaffirmed in January 2016. In October 2015, Donna Choate was appointed part-time Lay Leader to assist the pastor.
BOARD -- As of January 2016, the board of directors of NCF consists of Debra Ramsay, president; David Low, vice president; Heather Choate, secretary and Jeff DeYoung, treasurer. Gilbert Jordan and Jerry Corlis serve as members at large. Rev. Susan Roth is spiritual moderator.