Our History

Rev. James C. Kelly, Sr. established New Jerusalem in 1988.  Having no permanent church home at that time, worship service were held each week at Mount Sinai Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Queens Village for approximately 10 years.

A visionary leader, Rev. Kelly inspired the members of the congregation to be faithful to the word of God by tithing.  New Jerusalem was able to accomplish the mission of building a new church home at 122-05 Smith Street in Jamaica, NY solely through tithes and offerings.

Rev. Kelly retired in 2004. Rev Dr. Calvin Rice was thereafter called to be the New Jerusalem’s second pastor.