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About Us

Reverend Doctor Patrick Wayne Sanders, Sr.

A 1985 graduate of Green Oaks High School, Patrick Wayne Sanders was born to Katie Cole (Johnnie) Davenport and Leon Sanders on January 16, 1967, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He attended Grambling State University, majoring in Business Administration, the Greenwood Acres Bible College, and the Travel Academy of Arlington, Texas, receiving an associate’s degree.

Rev. Dr. Sanders answered God’s divine call to ministry in May of 1988 and was ordained as an Elder in the same year. In May of 1994, he was elected as the pastor of the Light Hill Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. Operating with a vision for the church, improvements in the church services and increase in the membership were implemented during his tenure. In 2002, being directed by the Holy Spirit, Elder Sanders organized the Fresh Start Church in Shreveport, serving attentively and faithfully.

Rev. Dr. Patrick Wayne Sanders was appointed as interim pastor of the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church by his uncle, Bishop Odis A. Floyd in June of 2011. Bringing a vibrant perspective to New Jerusalem, Elder Sanders’ interim pastoral leadership set in motion an innovative and passionate time of ministry to the New Jerusalem Family.

On December 29, 2011, following the transition of Bishop Odis A. Floyd, Rev. Dr. Patrick Wayne Sanders was elected senior pastor of the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church, activating a unique season of ministry to the church congregants.

He also serves as General Overseer of Church Planting for the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, Board Member of Prudential/d-Free National Advisory Board of Directors, President of Community Outreach for Family and Youth (C.O.F.Y.), and CEO of Fresh Start CDC, Inc.

On October 7, 2018, Patrick W. Sanders was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from the United Graduate College and Seminary International.

The father of three children, Keocca, Elder Patrick II, and Sha’Brika, and the grandparent of one, Chase. Rev. Dr. Sanders is the husband of Ann Hilson Sanders, who stands supportively by her husband both in family and in ministry.

Mission Statement

We are A Place That Bridges Imperfect People To A Perfect God

“And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.” 

– Isaiah 58:12


We are striving to become a beacon of hope in our community by promoting and providing education, health awareness as well as financial independence. We also endeavor to be a cutting edge church.

Our Focus 

  • To support our members and partners to achieve their full potential.
  • To operate the church/business professionally and efficiently.
  • To provide the best and latest leadership curriculums.

Our Commitments 

New Jerusalem seek to participate in both local and global communities through spiritual and economic hope, education and empowerment to people locally and internationally.

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