In July of 1972, Rev. Norman LeCroy was called as pastor of Sanie Baptist Church on Sanie Road in the small rural community of Sanie, Alabama. There were only five families in the church when Pastor LeCroy became pastor, but Pastor Lecroy and the church family had a heart for people and the church saw much growth during the years that followed.
The church building itself had once been a one room schoolhouse and, though the church did not own the building, it had been stated in the deceased owner's will that the building would remain a church or school as long as one was actively meeting in the building. This was a blessing to the small church family as there was no rent or loans associated with the building and the building itself was a well known landmark in the community. The church was able to acquire two busses and start a bus ministry, additional classrooms and a nursery were built downstairs, and a small trailer was purchased to provide additional nursery and classroom space.
Soon, however, it was evident that the building was too small for the growing congregation and more room was desperately needed. Since there was insufficient property at the present location to expand the church, a search was begun for a new location. In 1983 the church bought ten acres at 1405 Simpson Road in the nearby town of Odenville/Branchville. With this acquisition, plans for a new building were drawn up and ground was broken on the new property.
During the next two years the congregation saw the building slowly taking shape. Since the church would no longer be in the Sanie community, it was decided to rename the church when it moved to its new location. Many names were suggested and, when a vote was taken, the congregation overwhelmingly chose the name "New Life Baptist Church". In 1985 the building was completed, dedication services were held, and the church family officially and completely moved to its new location.
In 1995, the building was further expanded to include additional classrooms, a small efficiency apartment for visiting missionaries, a larger Children's Church area, and an Activity Center for fellowships and social events. This expansion was done without incurring any additional debt and the church is now completely debt free.
In the Spring of 2007, the church extended the call to Denny LeCroy to be the Associate Pastor. Pastor Denny had already been one of the youth leaders and had been working at the church full time during the summers. In 2012, the church also extended the call to Darryl LeCroy to be the Minister of Music and the Assistant to the Pastor. Pastor Darryl had also already been leading the music, one of the youth leaders, and working in the church for a number of years prior to this time.
In February of 2015, the church extended the call to Ethan LeCroy to be the Youth Pastor. In May of 2012, Norman LeCroy retired from being the Senior Pastor and became Pastor Emeritus. The church extended the call to Denny Lecroy who became our Senior Pastor.
New Life Baptist still has a heart for people. Our bus ministry continues to grow, an outreach ministry to new members of the community has been implemented, and more missionaries are being taken on as the Lord allows. We rejoice in all that the Lord has done in and through us. We invite you to come and be a part of us as we worship our Lord and seek His will.