Rev. James C. Kelly, Sr. established New Jerusalem Baptist Church of Jamaica, 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.