OUR PASTOR & Founder
Bishop Bennett B. Gamble, Sr.
Bishop Bennett B. Gamble, Sr. is a native of the District of Columbia and the eldest of five children born to the late Benny Joe and Bernetha Gamble. He obtained his education through the D.C. Public School System where he was an honor student and very active in the performing arts graduating from Dunbar Senior High School.
Awarded a full academic scholarship to Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA; he chose to remain close to his family and continued his studies at the University of the District of Columbia and Howard University prior to obtaining a degree in
theology from the Apostolic Christian College.
A member of The Way of the Cross (Mother) Church for more than 35 years, his commitment to church and the Kingdom of God have been evident from an early age. Bishop Gamble was baptized in 1979 and received the gift of the Holy Ghost in 1981, during January revival. He preached his first sermon at age 12 and taught his first Sunday School class, “Class 4 Boys,” at age 14. As a teenager, he accompanied his godfather, Bishop Walter Thompson, Sr., visiting and praying for those confined to nursing homes and hospitals, and attending funerals. Under the leadership of Bishop Alphonzo D. Brooks, he accepted his call to minister the Gospel at age 16.
His pastoral leadership came to light upon a call from one of the city’s pioneering Apostolic preachers. He was sought out to be the successor of New Beginning Evangelistic Church of Christ at the demise of its former pastor, Bishop Leroy Cousar. This call would bring to fruition the prophecy given to him by the late Naomi Brooks Postell. Her exact words were, “You are going to be a pastor one day, and the name of your church will be ‘New Beginning’.” Ordained an elder in August 2001, and being installed pastor of New Beginning Way of the Cross Church of Christ in October 2001, he began applying the God-given vision of establishing the church. Bishop Gamble has served as National Minister of Music; National Youth For Christ First Vice-President; District Elder; and was summoned to assume the Office of Bishop in August 2012.
Under Bishop Gamble’s leadership, New Beginning established various ministries and some of the most notable accomplishments include: burning the church mortgage within the first three years; establishing the Memorial Scholarship Ministry that awards at least $1,500 to graduating high school seniors; Watch Night Service held at the Historical Lincoln Theater; purchase of a bus and two vans for the transportation ministry, annual live Christmas productions to benefit the scholarship ministry; the adoption of the Unique Residential Care Center and the Shepherd’s Cove Men’s Shelter as a part of the Outreach Ministry; the baptism of more than 250 souls in Jesus Name; and last, but not least, the expansion of the church and ministry into Prince George’s County, Maryland establishing New Beginning South ~ one church in two locations.
A founding sponsor of the National MLK Memorial, in 2011, Bishop Gamble participated in a national forum on employment that provided the opportunity to meet and dialogue with Martin Luther King, III. Bishop Gamble has 30 years of civil service at the U.S. Department of Labor and was the recipient of the 2012 Secretary’s Distinguished Career Service Award.
In June 2016, Bishop Gamble was elected as General Secretary of the Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International.
He is the proud parent of the blessings God has given him in Bennett Jr. ("BJ"), Brandon and Brandi.
Believing that faith causes change, Bishop Gamble’s desire is to continue to build a purpose-driven, five-star ministry that transforms lives, heals hearts and wins souls for the Kingdom.
A message from bishop gamble & Family
...And the Lord added to the church daily, such as should be saved. --Acts 2:47
Grace and Peace be unto you!
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Bishop Bennett B. Gamble, Sr.