Our History

New Genesis Total Praise Center was founded on May 11, 2003 in Baltimore, Maryland in the home of Elder Donnell D. Cunningham. The Lord called Elder Cunningham to Pastor His people and in his obedience New Genesis Total Praise Center was birthed with six faith filled members.  New Genesis Total Praise Center, Inc. moved to its first location on 4941 Belair Road in Baltimore, Maryland.

Brother Leroy Loving, Sister Shanta Cunningham-Morris, Brother Shawn Morris, Mother Delores Cooper, Sis. Tamara Harris, and Brother Amonti Steele; were the founding members and the pillars of the ministry.  The ministry was established as a non profit 501 c 3 organization that same year.

In the fall of 2003 God blessed and members were added to the ministry. Because of the faithful and faith filled 6 God blessed and added to the ministry with in months. The Board of Directors was established in 2003. It members included: Pastor Donnell Cunningham, Deacon In Training  Leroy Loving, Deaconess In Training Martina Biddle, Deaconess In  Training Shanta Cunningham-Morris, Deaconess In Training Pearlie Mae Carr, Minister DeVonna Graham, Minister Renee Rawlings, and Elder Alethea Palmer

At this time the Deacons in Training Ministry was established, the Women’s Ministry, the Singles  Ministry, the Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and the Ministerial Staff along with 6 other new ministries were birthed.


Beginning in the 2nd year New Genesis was still progressing and operating at their Belair Road location. At this time, the Executive (Office) staff was established which consisted of the Church Administrator, the Assistant to the Administrator, Pastoral Secretary (Executive Assistant), and the Financial Secretary (Financial Administrator).

The following year on Sunday, September 12, 2004 the 1st Women’s Day Service was held with guest speaker Reverend Theda Christie of White Rock Non- Denominational Church.

Within that same month New Genesis celebrated its 1st General Assembly at the home of Mother Delores Cooper. The Deacons In Training were ordained as Deacons and the Ministerial Staff was licensed and ordained as minister, teachers, and evangelist. Pastor Linda Firman, Pastor Katey Hall, Minister Mary Hotchkinson, Pastor Edith Payne, Elder Kevin Evans, Prophet Tyrone Hopkins, all helped to make this occasion memorable and blessed.

Later in 2004 New Genesis held their first Hallelujah Party (to replace the celebration of Halloween). The ministry was busy in 2004 from celebrating the 1st Pastoral and Church anniversaries, and ordinations.

At the close of 2004 more ministries were birthed out: The Outreach Ministry, the Dynamic Deliverance Substance Abuse Ministry (Narcotics Anonymous), the Hospitality Ministry, and the Drama Ministry.

Every 3rd Sunday, all of New Genesis came together in love and fellowship for our monthly fellowship dinners.

As we closed 2004 New Genesis celebrated their 2nd New Years Eve celebration in Owings Mills where the speaker for that evening was Pastor Terrence Whitaker (Power House of Praise, Baltimore, MD) who ministered a powerful word.

New partnerships were established with Renew Hope CC Church, New Joy, New Faith, House of Judah, House of Mercy, New Day Fellowship, Restoration Christian Ecclesia, Evans Temple Memorial Church of God, and many more.

As a ministry that believes in the Triune God we enter year 3, New Genesis was on the move and left their foundation place of beginnings to see what God had in store.  In June 2005 New Genesis moved to 5807-09 Moravia Road, a place of connecting and newness.
We went from 1 bathroom to 2, from 1 office/kitchen to 5 offices, a lounge area, central air and a spacious sanctuary to praise and worship God.

This was the year of training and developing for new Deacons and Ministers. One of the visions of the leader was to ensure that New Genesis has knowledgeable and effective Deacons and Ministers.

In 2006 we were looking forward to what God had in store for us. The Marriage Ministry, the Transportation Ministry, and the Food Pantry were established in April 2006. New Genesis hosted their 1st Renaissance Conference “Redeeming the Time” (Ephesians 5:16) in Coca Beach, Florida.

This was a blessed and wonderful time that will never be forgotten some of the speakers were: the late Pastor Ernestine Addison, Reverend Joseph Brickhouse, Elder Jason Nelson, Pastor Shawn Ferguson, Pastor Tyrone Hopkins, and Pastor Gwendolyn Taylor.

In 2006 two ministers were birthed from the tutelage of Bishop Cunningham. Minister Anthony Cunningham preached his initial sermon in August of 2006 and Evangelist Joanna Rollins preached her initial sermon in October of 2006.

In November 2006, the 1st Black Tie Gala at Martins- West took place. Continuing with exuberance and God’s power, God allowed New Genesis to purchase a 47-passenger motor coach bus. This was the traveling year going from 95N all the way down to 95S with few breaks in between.

As the year came to a close, it was apparent that Pastor Donnell Cunningham had another destiny to fulfill in his life. While learning from his spiritual mentor and mother, Pastor Dr. Ernestine Addison, created motivation for him to move into his place of destiny. The call of Bishop was resting on his life and on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 Pastor Cunningham was elected by a unanimous vote by the Board of Directors to the office of a Bishop.

On Sunday, January 7, 2007 it was publicly known to the members of New Genesis as well as through out the city of Baltimore that their Pastor was elected to be Bishop. What an accomplishment in the kingdom for the word of the Lord declares that “He who desireth an office of a Bishop desireth a good work”, so on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at New Faith Ministries Pastor Cunningham was ordained by God and consecrated by the college of Bishops (where the Chief Consecrator was Bishop Robert Lee Bussey Senior) as the Senior Bishop of New Genesis Total Praise Center, Inc and the Presiding Prelate of New Genesis World Alliance Ministries, International.

In the following month New Genesis hosted their 2nd Renaissance Conference in Jekyll Island, Georgia were the speakers were Dr. John Guns, Evangelist Patrick Purcell, and Pastor Curtis Johnson.

During the Renaissance Conference, Bishop Cunningham consecrated Elder Aleatha Palmer to the office of Associate Pastor of New Genesis Total Praise Center, Inc.

During that year more appointments were given out the Deacon ministry was excelling, more ministries were being birthed out and re-structured, the Prison Ministry, the Communications Ministry, the Evangelism/Resource Ministry, the Sunday school Ministry, and the Music Ministry were established. Also two new partnerships were established with Pastor Michelle Claiborne from Richmond, Virginia and Elder Marvin Rhodes from Nashville, Tennessee.

The Outreach ministry along with the Men’s Ministry and Ministerial staff went beyond the 4 walls to the soup kitchen, the nursing homes, and the shelters. More callings were being manifested in the lives of God’s people. Shifting was ever taking place and it was evident by the outpouring of the Word of God and the affects that it had on the listeners.

New Genesis has been and will remain faithful to being a blessing to the community in which the ministry resides. It is the history and the culture of this ministry to make sure no child doesn’t go without for Christmas that no family will go hungry on Thanksgiving every month either a food or clothing drive was in place because this ministry’s foundation is based on Evangelism and Outreach.

As a ministry New Genesis Total Praise Center, Inc. teamed up with Minute by Minute Treatment Facility based out of Philadelphia to help those individuals bound by addictions. This resulted in the New Genesis Substance abuse ministry which is listed in Maryland as a place where you come every Saturday for support on learning how to transition from one place to another through the eyes of God himself.

As a ministry focusing on the total being of man spirit, soul, and body the Health Ministry was established. The Health Ministry offered Health fairs, and exercise class to the community.

In 2009 as the ministry continues to grow not just with souls but also with gifts and talents. The Young Adults bonded together and encouraged not just each other but also those in their inner circle, which cause some of them to see life totally different.

At the end of this year the ministry went to the Bahamas. This was some members first time flying.  Not fully knowing the total plan that was predestined on our trip to the Bahamas another ministry joined the New Genesis World Alliance Ministries, International. The Potters House Church (Pastor Anthony Johnson-Senior Pastor)

In December 2010 New Genesis Total Praise Center, Inc held their Refreshing Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. The speakers were: Pastor Billy and Bishop Donnell D. Cunningham. This city radiates the peace of God. It was a time of fellowshipping with a people whose only perspective and purpose was Christ.

In 2011, the ministry had 12 Deacons; (2 Deacons in Training and 2 Junior Deacons), they currently have 11 members of the Ministerial staff. This ministry believes in the 5-fold ministry, this is a place where no gift is ignored but it is challenge, charged, proven, and perfected by the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Within the same year, New Genesis hosted Fresh Fire Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. The speakers were: Bishop Joseph Bentley, Elder Danny Buskey, Apostle Artie Smith, Minister Cynthia Evans, and Minister Patrice Munroe

New Genesis Total Praise Center, Inc., has as birthed out the New Genesis World Alliance Ministries, International that has ministries in the Islands of the Bahamas, Maryland, Florida, Delaware and the Cayman Islands.