Written by L. M. Land
New Testament Community Church (NTC) has been home to the best fireworks in our area for many years. Their fireworks were on July 3 this year. This multi-racial family church featured a day of picnics, playground equipment, face painting, bounce houses and food trucks. The fireworks finished the day.
Lead Pastor Kevin Galloway II has been pastor for three years and explained that the fireworks began long before he was here.
NTC Church is a Bible-based multi-ethnic environment. The focus is “how do we make people feel comfortable?” explained Galloway. “We subscribe to Kingdom Culture and merge all together to be sure everyone belongs, and craft a culture of our own incorporating Bible living.”
Galloway was raised in San Diego, California and explained that his neighborhood was a mix of many ethnicities, including Black, Hispanic and white, who all got along. He strives to emulate that in his church.
Galloway is also a manager of Elga Credit Union, where he has worked for 17 years.
Practicing his faith via volunteerism is important to Galloway. Every week he goes to the Flint City Jail to teach financial literacy. He enjoys passing on the skills he learned at Elga to prisoners in the I.G.N.I.T.E program (Inmate Growth Naturally and Intentionally Through Education), a nation-wide jail initiative that prepares inmates for release. Galloway explained that a lack of financial understanding is a typical for those who are incarcerated. Learn more about this program at https://www.gcsomichigan.com/ignite.
Galloway also volunteers at Re-Connections, a faith based non-profit organization whose mission is to empower citizens with felonies through coaching, education and employment to be able to re-connect within our communities. Learn more here: https://www.geneseeserves.org/agency/detail/?agency_id=79297
Pastor Galloway is also one of the 2022 Forty Under 40 awardees. This annual award is given to 40 local business leaders under the age of 40 for their career achievements and community involvement. Winners are chosen by a panel of past recipients who weigh equally business successes, civic and philanthropic activities.
But on this day, July 3, Pastor Galloway and his family were there to watch the fireworks. And the fireworks were good!