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Head Pastors

Gary and Emma Lou Maxey have been in Nigeria for over thirty years. They are natives of the US, and prior to their missionary service in Nigeria they spent several years in Mexico and Central America. Throughout virtually their entire time in Nigeria they have focused on the training of African pastors, evangelists, missionaries and church leaders.

As a result, today Very Rev. (Dr.) Gary S. Maxey is best known in Nigeria as the founder of West Africa Theological Seminary (Nigeria’s largest nondenominational seminary).

However, at New Beginnings International Church he is known simply as “Pastor Gary.”  He and Emma Lou live on Lekki Peninsula and spend most of their time interacting with the expat community.

Pastor Gary has ministered among Lagos expatriates for the past fifteen years. He is known for sound Bible teaching and his compassionate pastoral skills.
His passion for Christ and the scriptures, his familiarity with Nigeria and other cultures makes him an ideal pastor for the expat community of Lagos.

His wife, Emma Lou, brings to New Beginnings International Church, bringing her own skills in children’s and women’s ministries, as well as her compassion to work with those who have suffered from various addictions.

Gary and Emma Lou raised their four children in Nigeria, and today they are all married and have their own children and are all serving Jesus in their own arenas.

Gary holds a doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois, USA), and has pastored churches in Imo State, Nigeria, as well as in Illinois and Iowa in the USA.

For many years Pastor Gary and Emma Lou have seen that while Lagos has tens of thousands of expatriates, it is virtually the only mega international city without a truly viable international church.

Now God has released them from other responsibilities to make this long-desired goal their number one target.

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Associate Pastor

Pastor Kabelo Lekala, married to Claske, has been in Lagos for 8years.  They are blessed with two beautiful kids.   Pastor Kabelo continues to pursue his In-service Theological Studies Program at WATS with classes on Friday evenings and Saturdays.  He overseas the House Fellowship program of the church as well as the Evangelism/Outreach.  He  currently heads the mission group that visits Romania. 




The NBIC constitution calls for the annual election of at least six deacons, including a treasurer. At the present time, we have nine faithful deacons, namely:

  1.  Keiran Godden, Treasurer and Deacon. [South Africa]

  2.  Tunde Akindele [Nigeria]

  3.  Jonathan Ballena [Philippines]

  4.  Wally Adeleye [Nigeria]

  5. Marilou Malabayabas [Philippines]

  6. Yemi Adenaike [Nigeria]

  7. Lucy Newman [Nigeria]

  8. Victor Priest [Nigeria]