Celebrating a new book on our story which inspired the 2018 Sundance film Burden - Hallelujah up there!

Burden Book

New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church works to educate, feed, clothe, shelter, spiritually awaken, and encourage the people of God to stand against evil and the injustices inflicted upon them. We hope to economically strengthen and uplift holistically God's people while ministering to their needs, following God's word as recorded in Isaiah 61:1-3 and Matthew 28:19-20.

Join us in worship every Sunday at 11am!

Our Pastor


Reverend David E. Kennedy, son of John and Mary Kennedy, was born and raised in Laurens, SC. He grew up in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South, which helped shape his ideals of equality, freedom and spirit. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Benedict College with a B.S. in Religion and Philosophy, he began preaching in 1972 under the pastoral leadership of the late Reverend L. C. Sanders.

He established the New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church in 1984 and, soon after, their six standing community programs including the Laurens County Soup Kitchen. Under his leadership, the church purchased the old Beasley Nursing Home, the Redneck Shop, the current church, and 40 acres throughout Laurens County. His experience closing the Redneck Shop was interpreted into the 2018 Sundance film Burden, starring Forest Whitaker as Rev. Kennedy.

He continues to use his blessings from God to fight against injustices to all of God’s children.

Our Community Programs

Chimuranga Community Action Ministry

Chimuranga is a community organizing ministry to expose and make right the unfair treatment of the people by holding elected officials, corporations and other institutional powers accountable.

The Laurens County Soup Kitchen

The only county wide initiative for food insecurity founded and led by New Beginning MBC, where food is collected and distributed for our neighbors in need.

Women's Ministry of New Beginning

The Women’s Ministry seeks to build up and encourage all women, nurturing and sustaining their spiritual growth, so that they may better serve by living God's word, experiencing His fullness and expanding the Kingdom in their families, workplaces, and communities.

Men's Ministry of New Beginning

The Men’s Ministry was established to lift the men of our community—Mind, Body, and Spirit—to their rightful spiritual position through Biblical preaching, teaching, and fellowship.

Contact Mrs. Frances Borja Williams at nbmbc@prtcnet.com to get involved or find out more!


I CAN LEARN at New Beginning MBC

We work with youth year-round at our “I Can Learn” after school tutoring program, and annual summer camp.

Tutoring is currently in session every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6pm led by Mrs. Janice Kennedy. Contact us by phone or email to register or inquire.


New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church
24277 Highway 76 E
Clinton, SC 29325

Phone: (864)833-3377
Fax: (864)833-3366


Breakfast: 9:00 am
Sunday School: 10:00 am
Service: 11:00 am

Service: 6:00 pm