Burn Brightly Beyond
New Song Anabaptist Fellowship was birthed out of the sense of call, as Pastors Lawrence and Basil, the founders, were lead in this new direction.
We started through prayer and discernment in early 2008.
We started fellowshipping in one of the Cornerstone buildings.We move into a bigger building on March 16, 2008, after cleaning, renovating, painting, and adding new carpeting. Pastor Lawrence and I felt that we had prepared a place for our people, therefore we planned our first public service, and it was held on May 11, 2008.
Initially, Pastor Lawrence and Pastor Basil lead the congregation in two life giving series on the book of Joshua and Nehemiah.
Pastor Lawrence felt called to do ministry in another place; therefore he was released to that ministry.
The Cornerstone property was sold in 2008. After another time of prayer and discernment, it was time to make another move. We moved to the North Valley Pike location on April 1, 2009. Our first service was held on Palm Sunday April 5, 2009. In this service we shared the communion (The Lord’s Super) and for the first time, we practice the washing of one another’s feet. This was a powerful experience.
Pastor Basil's ministry began in Los Angeles as the Assistant Pastor and Pastor of Family Mennonite Church. He earned an Associates Degree from Sierra College of Business and a BA from Goshen College. He then became the pastor of Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg and earned an MDiv from Eastern Mennonite University.
Pastor Basil has been a Board Member of the Harrisonburg Boys and Girls CLub, the Mennonite Missions Network, the Virginia Mennonite Conference, the Living Water Ministry, and the Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions.