In May 1981, the late Elder N. H. Henderson, Jr. founded the New Life Tabernacle Church in the Acres Home area of Houston, Texas. Its purpose to reach the unreachable, feed the hungry, teach the unlearned, provide housing for the homeless, and of course to spread the word of God. After the Lord led Pastor N. H. Henderson, Jr., to 916 West Little York, he also impressed upon him to visit Romans 6:4, from which the name “New Life” originated. Due to continued growth, during Pastor Henderson’s leadership it was necessary to search for property to build a larger edifice.
The Lord blessed the church to purchase two acres of property at 3021 De Soto Street where (Phase 1) is presently located.
At the demise of the late Pastor N. H. Henderson, Jr., the Jurisdictional Prelate, Bishop N. H. Henderson, Sr. appointed Elder Carl A. Davis as the Pastor. Pastor Carl Davis has been in ministry for over 35 years.
PASTOR CARL DAVIS
Davis is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and has been pastoring at New Life Tabernacle Church, in Houston, Texas since 1997. As the Lord has led, Pastor Davis has been blessed to build three sanctuaries in seven years, so as to accommodate membership growth.
He has served in many capacities including: Texas South Central Jurisdiction; District Sunday School Superintendent of the Northwest Houston District; State Chaplain; State Sunday School Superintendent; Task Force for TRIAD; he is the presiding Superintendent of the Acres Homes District; a member of the Houston Minister’s Against Crime Organization in which he served as Public Relations Director; he also served on the Mayor’s Minister’s Advisory Council for the City of Houston, and as an Administrative Assistant in the Texas South Central Jurisdiction.
At the age of 12, Pastor Davis invited Christ into his life under the pastorate of his father, Superintendent Sherman Davis, Jr. of Tacoma, Washington. At this time he was a member of Lakeview Gardens Church of God in Christ, where he served as one of the church musicians.
It was under his father’s leadership that Pastor Davis acknowledged his call to the ministry in 1974. After a three day consecration in June, 1974 he preached his first sermon. For two years, Pastor Davis trained as a licensed minister of the gospel. He was ordained in July of 1976, under the leadership of the Presiding Prelate, Bishop J.O. Patterson, Sr. Since that day, Pastor Davis has served faithfully under different pastors throughout the country, before settling in Houston, Texas which he now calls home.
Pastor Davis graduated from Central High School in Memphis, Tennessee. He later attended Memphis State University, majoring in Business Administration, with an emphasis on Business Management. Pastor Davis received an Honorary Doctor of Theology degree from the North Carolina College of Theology and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Sacramento Theological Seminary and Bible College.
CHURCH VISION & GROWTH
With his appointment came experience, not only in church workmanship, and stewardship, but also vitally important, corporate adeptness, enhanced by managerial exposure. With these attributes, Pastor Davis continues the quest to make the “vision” become a “reality”.
Under the leadership of Pastor Carl A. Davis, a new edifice (Phase 1) became a reality on May 8, 1999. As God continued to bless the growth at New Life an additional two acres of land was purchased which initiated (Phase 2) when an edifice to seat 600 people was built.
Growth again extended beyond the walls, infringing upon the church to implement (Phase 3). Construction was completed in the year 2005 and a new sanctuary was available to serve the community with seating capacity for 1200 people.
We are the church where people come to experience our name “New Life”.
Pastor Davis has also spent 25 years in Corporate America thriving in sales and marketing. As an Area Director for a Houston Telecommunication Firm, his responsibilities included: hiring, training, developing, and motivating sales marketing teams for the Houston area.
Pastor Davis has been married for over 30 years to the lovely Harolyn Davis and they are the proud parents of two children.