Pastor Randy Nabors To Preach Final Sermon As Senior Pastor At New City Fellowship On Sunday

Friday, May 25, 2012

Randy Nabors will be preaching his last sermons as pastor of New City Fellowship on Sunday, at 8:30 and 11:00 am. Mr. Nabors is the senior pastor of the church which began as a Sunday School for poor children in a two bedroom apartment at Third and Cherry streets in 1968 and has grown to close to 1,000 worshippers each Sunday at its Glenwood and East Lake sites.

Mr. Nabors and his wife Joan became a part of what was called the “Third Street Sunday School” while students at Covenant College in the late 1960’s. Following graduation from seminary, they returned to Chattanooga and he became the founding pastor of New City Fellowship. Mr. Nabors has served as pastor of NCF since 1976 with a few interruptions. 

In 1982 he and his family were given a two year leave of absence to pastor the Community Presbyterian church in Nairobi, Kenya.  He also served as interim administrator for Prison Fellowship International, Africa for one year while in Kenya.   

Commissioned in the Army Reserves in 1975, Mr. Nabors has been called up for duty in Operation Desert Storm and Operations Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as a chaplain, serving twice in Kuwait and Iraq. He served as a chaplain (COL) in the United States Army Reserve for the 3rd Medical Command.  In 2007 Pastor Nabors retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a Chaplain Colonel.

He serves as the movement leader for the Urban and Mercy Network of Mission to North America for the Presbyterian Church in America.  He has been a commissioner for the City of Chattanooga Human Rights/Human Relations Commission and is a graduate of the Civilian Police Academy of Chattanooga.  He has been involved in other community interests including Clergy Koinonia, Urban Minister’s Network, NAACP, former appointee to Chattanooga Human Rights Commission. Mission trips with Africa Christian Training Institute to Uganda and Kenya. He has most recently served on the board of Covenant College.

Mr. and Mrs. Nabors will continue to serve together to encourage the works of mercy in churches, and to develop the planting of churches within poor communities, especially the inner cities of America. To this end, he is now leading a movement called the New City Network. The Network is a coalition of congregations and mission churches who are cross cultural, usually urban or inner city, who develop ministries to the poor. These churches seek to live out of the power of the Gospel of grace, engage in grass roots evangelism, and need the kind of encouragement and resourcing that a network can provide.

Rev. Kevin M. Smith, will be installed as the new senior pastor of New City Fellowship Church on Sunday, June 10, at 6:00 pm, succeeding Pastor Nabors. Pastor Kevin and his family will be moving to Glenwood in June and begin preaching on July 8.

New City’s vision is to be a cross-cultural worshiping community, centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, producing discipled believers who become God's instruments of grace, justice, and mercy. New City joyfully worships at 8:30 and 11:00 am every Sunday at 2424 East Third Street in the Glenwood community of Chattanooga. There is also an 11:00 a.m. worship service each Sunday in the East Lake community at 2903 East 37th Street.

For additional information, contact Gene Johnson , New City Fellowship, 423 629-1421, or gjohnson@newcityfellowship.com or www.newcityfellowship.com and www.newcityeastlake.com.


Bob Tamasy: Learning Experiences

It’s sometimes said that experience is the best teacher. Some lessons learned through experiences can’t be grasped in any other way. That’s probably why so many parents find themselves on the verge of panic when their teenagers take their first solo drives. Even if you have complete confidence in them, there’s no way to prepare them for the unexpected. Only experience can do that. ... (click for more)

Bob Tamasy: Accentuate The Positive?

From time to time we’re treated to new renditions of old favorite songs. I remember when Faith Hill, then a rising star in the country-western world, recorded a twangy version of Janis Joplin’s classic, “Piece of My Heart.” Barbra Streisand has just released a new album – yep, she can still sing – in which she does duets with popular male singers. For one of the songs, “Love Me ... (click for more)

Rite Aid Pharmacist Robbed At Gunpoint On Sunday

A Rite Aid pharmacist was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday.  At approximately 11:30 a.m. the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 5441 Highway 153 for a robbery from business at the Rite Aid Pharmacy.  The suspect entered the Rite Aid, approached the pharmacy counter and presented a note to the pharmacist.  The suspect then brandished a handgun, demanded ... (click for more)

Bobby Dodd Lawsuit Against City Moved To Federal Court

A lawsuit brought by former Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd against the city of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Fund over his pension has been moved to Federal Court. The lawsuit was earlier filed in Chancery Court by attorneys Jerry Tidwell and Adam Izell. The suit says former Chief Dodd opted for a plan that would have half of his pension go to ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place - And Response

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 10 Tasks For This Week

In 1993 a 95-year-old man named William Snell created a list called “Life’s Little Instructions.” His list has swirled around in the Internet ever since and it is, indeed, a delightful checklist to keep us focused in the right direction. Curiously, when I read over it this past weekend, it dawned on me that if each of us would try to accomplish just 10 items on Mr. Snell’s list ... (click for more)