It would be December in the year of 1999, that Jeffrey Richards accepted his calling to preach from which he would later be ordained as a minister in October of the 2000. He is a co-founder of the Prodigal Sons Ministries, a ministry dedicated to hosting men’s conferences nationwide as well as working with young men and women on finding there way to Christ. With the gift of evangelism, Minister Richards preaches he Gospel at churches nationwide while crossing denominational lines in an effort to unify the body of Christ.
During his time serving as an ordained Minister, Jeffrey served as coordinator over Evangelism and Outreach at Eastern Star Church under Pastor Jeffrey Johnson Sr. He would later then serve at the Healing Streams Word and Worship Center under Pastor A. Thomas Hill as the Director of Evangelism. Here, he greatly expanded on his calling.
After six years, Jeffrey would accept the call of Pastor. Along with his wife Donnetta Richards they set out and began Indianapolis’ newest non-denominational church, New Birth Praise and Worship Center. The motto of the church speaks to goal that Pastor and First Lady Richards seek to help each and every person fulfill daily: “Where growing in Christ, brings NEW LIFE! Pastor Jeffrey Richards continues each week to deliver a compelling, contemporary and solid Word of God leading others to the gift of salvation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We were created to worship, we come to grow and we leave to serve!
Through love, we grow together in Christ thereby changing our lives and allowing His spirit to emanate from us, to garner souls unto His kingdom. We understand the call that Christ has placed upon His people to extend the news of salvation to soul we can. This goes far beyond any race, creed or doctrinal barrier that may exist anywhere else. It is this church’s intention to show the heart of God; it is the gentleness of Christ that has drawn us in and we make that our focus here at New Birth Praise and Worship Center.
That is why this aggregate functions under the name of New Birth Praise and Worship Center. We understand that once a person receives Christ, that according to 2 Corinthians 5:17, “he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (KJV) This speaks to a “new birth” that occurs with receiving the salvation of God. Praise in an integral part of a believer’s journey, for it is our demonstration of reverance to a great God. We are commanded in Psalms 150:6, “Let every thing that hath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” (KJV) God is a spirit, He is to be worshipped as such. There is none like Him. St. John 4:24 speaks, “God is a Spirit: they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (KJV)
There is only one God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6; Galatians 4:8-9).
God is three in one or a Trinity (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; John 14:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Acts 2:32-33, John 10:30,17:11, 21; 1 Peter 1:2).
The Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 2:11-12; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
Jesus was sinless (1 Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15).
Jesus is the only way to God the Father (John 14:6; Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22).
Man was created by God in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27).
All people have sinned (Romans 3:23, 5:12).
Death came into the world through Adam’s sin (Romans 5:12-15).
Sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2).
Jesus died for the sins of each and every person in the world (1 John 2:2; 2 Corinthians 5:14; 1 Peter 2:24).
Jesus’ death was a sacrifice. He died and paid the price for our sins, so that we might live. (1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45).
Jesus resurrected from the dead in physical form (John 2:19-21).
Salvation is a free gift of God (Romans 4:5, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 1:8-10).
The Bible is the “inspired” or “God-breathed,” Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
Those who reject Jesus Christ, after they die, will go to hell forever (Revelation 20:11-15, 21:8).
Those who accept Jesus Christ, after they die, will live for eternity with Him (John 11:25, 26; 2 Corinthians 5:6).
There will be a rapture of the church (Matthew 24:30-36, 40-41; John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).
Jesus will return to the earth (Acts 1:11).
Christians will be raised from the dead when Jesus returns (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17).