In 2001, Covenant Presbyterian Church formed an Associate Pastor Nominating Committee to find an African-American pastor to start an African-American New Church Development in Austin, Texas.
The Reverend James Lee left his call as Director of Racial Ethnic Ministries at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in September 2003 to accept a call as Associate Pastor for New Church Development at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Incorporating his experience from seminary, James discerned the need for more of a multicultural approach to the new church development (NCD). During the fall of 2003, James, along with several members of Covenant formed a Strategic Planning Committee, which determined the feasibility of starting a new church development.
In June of 2004 several significant events occurred in the establishment of the NCD. First was the commencement of Bible studies being held at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Second was Covenant Presbyterian Church’s approval of receiving and documenting of funds on behalf of the new church development. And finally, the Steering Committee named our new church development, New Covenant Fellowship. Sunday worship services began in October 2004 at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and November 2004 at Connally High School.
In May 2006, we celebrated our grand reopening when we moved into our newly renovated facilities at 13009 Dessau Road. This was a major undertaking for our church family and a labor of love. We also celebrated the third anniversary of James’ call to New Covenant Fellowship with joint services with Covenant Presbyterian Church and 19th Street Baptist Church.
New Covenant Fellowship remained at the 13009 Dessau Road location until January 2010 when it relocated to 1507 Wilshire Boulevard, on the campus of Genesis Presbyterian Church. We worship in the fellowship hall where, up to 120 people can both worship and fellowship. We have a Christian Education for children during worship, and occasional all ages Bible studies after worship. In Room #8, we have a nursery and toddlers’ room, which is available little ones birth to age 5.
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Our Founding Pastor
Rev. James H. Lee - Pastor
February 11, 1968 - May 6, 2016
Our beloved Pastor Lee went on to the Church Triumphant on May 6, 2016. We rejoice knowing that he is no longer in pain and is certainly still watching over us.
As the late Pastor and leader of New Covenant Fellowship, James celebrated the eclectic, unifying, and energizing work of the Holy Spirit in his ministry. His philosophy of ministry was birthed from his experiences of worshiping across economic, racial, and denominational lines.
James utilized his ministry and leadership skills for more than 10 years. For most of these years he served as an Associate Pastor at the Nineteenth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, and as a pulpit supply pastor for various denominations including; American Baptist, Church of the Brethren, United Methodist, Non-Denominational, and Presbyterian Church (USA) Sinton and Vanderbilt Presbyterian churches.
In 1991 James earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. As a Longhorn he was a member of the Innervisions Gospel Choir, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the football team, playing strong safety and special teams. After graduating, James went to work for the Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division. In 1996 he responded to a call to seminary and matriculated into Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, graduating in May 2000 with a Master of Divinity. In 2002 James was ordained to serve as Director of Racial Ethnic Ministries and Recruitment for Austin Seminary. In 2003 he was called by Covenant Presbyterian Church to start a new church development. In 2009, New Covenant Fellowship of Austin chartered, and it is where James served as Pastor until his passing.
James was a proud Board member of the Presbyterian Multicultural Network, member of the Board of Trustees for both MO-Ranch and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, consultant for and member of the African American Ministries in the Synod of the Sun, chairperson for the Church Development and Evangelism Division for Mission Presbytery, and a former field staff for Multicultural Ministries.