The New Faith Baptist Church held its first service with 67 people at the Blackhawk Elementary School in Park Forest on January 4, 1976. New Faith began as a result of the efforts of the Rev. Junius Dudley, who in 1975 completed a study of the Park Forest area in which he found integrated churches, but they all lacked Blacks in leadership and they also lacked the Black worship experience. He also did not find any Black Churches. Because of his concern for the community, he made an appeal to Rev. Dale Cross (of the Southern Baptist Convention) for funds to start a church, and New Faith began as a Southern Baptist Mission with supplemental income for the pastor, and all the resources of the SBC.