Being a Mission-minded church means much more that just sending money to those on the "mission field." It means to be actively involved in what God is doing both “across the street and across the sea” as we invest our time, our money, and our passions in the specific areas we feel God has called us to impact. For a video presentation of our history which includes most of the following outreaches please check out our NTC History page.
In 1995, we began to heavily invest in Oradea, Romania through the Ciuciui family (Teodor, Zamphira, Ted Jr., Calin, Danny and Ligia). It was at this time that we held our first service in the Ciuciui apartment in the middle of the city. From there, the church moved to the Cultural House in the city center and then finally to the present location on the south side of the city where we were given nearly four acres of land. Now more than 15 years later, there is 40,000 square feet of building under one roof with a thriving church and a multi-faceted ministry complete with a cafeteria, Internet Café and a Medical Clinic. Pastor Don continues to serve as an elder in that church.
Also in 1995, our founding Pastor Tom Wells was released to plant a new church in the city of Williamsburg. Several families from NTC relocated with the Well’s family to begin the new church plant. Over the years, Christian Life Center has grown into a vibrant church community that has also planted churches and supported many global outreaches.
Akwesasne, Mohawk Territory
In 1997, we began an outreach ministry in the First Nations Territory at Akwesasne with several families from the Mohawk Nation, some of whom had been attending NTC for over ten years. In the mid-nineties Pastor Willie Jock was added to the eldership team, and before long, it was apparent that an outreach ministry should be started in the Mohawk Nation with Willie and Sandi Jock being the key leaders. From 1997 until 2002, bi-weekly meetings were held at Akwesasne in preparation for a church plant. In March of 2003, New Life Christian Center @ Akwesasne was officially launched and Willie & Sandi Jock were set in as the Pastors. Today the church continues to thrive under the direction of Willie & Sandi.
In 2001, Pastor Ruth Ruibal from Cali, Colombia, visited NTC, and from that first meeting there was a relational connection that formed. Since that initial connection, NTC invested in the church by sending teams every quarter for nearly three years to help Ruth raise up leaders. In 2003, Ruth asked Pastor Don to come along side her in the capacity of an elder, and since that time, he has served the church, "Ekklesia Centro Cristiano Colombiano," as an elder.
In 2003, NTC sent out approximately 50 people with Roy & Chris Stephenson to start Harvest Christian Fellowship (HCF). Since that sending out service, the Lord has faithfully added to the church and they are presently located in a beautify facility at the corner of 9th and York in the city of Cornwall. HCF also purchased a school building, on the adjacent property, where they host “Heart of the Family,” a 24-hour day care center for the city.
In the summer of 2008, NTC sent out Pastor Adam and Michelle Avery with their family to establish “Mosaic Burlington,” a new church plant in the city of Burlington, VT. Adam grew up in Massena, went off to college and then returned and served as a youth pastor, worship director and an elder while at NTC. Adam and Michelle have four children: Jarred, Judah, Josh and Sophie.
In 2010, Pastor Don Curry, Christine Atcheson, Pete & Dorie Reiter visited the Children of Hope Ministry in Gulu, Uganda, that Christine Atcheson had started. The purpose of the trip was to see the Children of Hope Ministry and evaluate the possible need and viability of NTC participating in a church plant there. As of this posting, Fall of 2011, another trip was made to Gulu, Uganda, and land was purchased to relocate the Children of Hope Ministry and to begin a church plant there.
High Peaks Church - Saranac Lake, NY
In the Fall of 2010 Pastor Don Curry was asked to "come along side" High Peaks Church as a consultant as they were in need of pastoral leadership. Pastor Don and Mary Curry began meeting with the eldership team of High Peaks, and by January 1, 2011, NTC released Pastor Don to become the interim Pastoral Team Leader of High Peaks. Pastor Don, with several leaders from NTC, have partnered with the leaders from High Peaks to provide pastoral care and ministry for the church. In the near future, while maintaining a connection with NTC, a pastoral couple will be set in place to lead the church.
We are certain that there will be more nations of the world that we will become involved in to help strengthen and start local churches. We anticipate in the upcoming years that many more teams from NTC will be sent to the nations of this world. What an exciting time to be alive!!