In 1981, the New Resurrection Church of God and Christ was established. The founding Minister was Pastor Merdith Ray Bussell, along with his wife, Mrs. Peggy Lee Bussell, their three children and two other families: Deacon and Mrs. Merdith Bussell, Jr. and two of their children and Reverend and Mrs. Bill McCullum and their three children (14 people).
Upon returning from purchasing a brand new barbeque pit, Pastor Bussell, in route to church, received and unexpected message from the Lord saying, “Close up the barbeque pit! Yes the selling of barbeque dinners have built a lot of churches, but they are empty. If you would like to build this house off tithes and offerings, not only will I build it, but I will fill it.” Of course, it was a surprising word from the Lord, but we did just what He said.In the year of our Lord, Nineteen hundred and eighty –one, the New Resurrection Church of God and Christ was established. The founding Minister was Pastor Merdith Ray Bussell, along with his wife, Mrs. Peggy Lee Bussell, three children and two other families: Deacon and Mrs. Merdith Bussell, Jr. and two of their children and Reverend and Mrs. Bill McCullum and their three children (14 people).
Membership continued to increase to approximately 50 people. Every year was a new year of growth. In April, 1986, the New Resurrection Church acquired more property. We were able to purchase the building (18626 Schoolcraft) pm the West of us for $15,000 on land contract. This building as used as our Fellowship Hall.
Consequently, several improvements were needful to accommodate our congregation, which had grown to approximately 100 people, including children. God blessed is to accomplish these goals and we continued to build in Jesus’ name. Several ministries have been birthed to serve the needs of individuals and families in the surrounding community. They include New Convert and New Members Class, Married Couples, Men, Women, Youth and Children’s Ministries. Outreach Ministries include Evangelism Team, Prison, Food, Nursing Home and Community Health.
The year 2000 brought on a new revelation from the Lord for a new vision – instituting a name change for the new church to New Resurrection Faith Ministries, Inc. During this time, the Lord placed a call on Pastor Bussell to father other ministries and pastors. He opens his pulpit to receive women who have been called by God to serve in the clergy. An explosion began! God took us to another level, our membership increased to 225 people including children. God was doing a new thing to us, with us and for us.
In March 2001, Bishop Bussell officially assigned the title of Co-Pastor to his wife, Prophetess Peggy Lee Bussell.
“Down Through the Years, God has been Good to Us!”