Pastor Larry Dozier
Pastor Larry has been a member of the Hollypark United Methodist Church the past 20 years, where he has served as Administrative Council Chair and Lay Leader, among other leadership positions and currently is president of United Methodist Men.
Dozier served as the Pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Watts from 2017 to 2019. While at St. Johns, Pastor Larry engaged the community and garnered large donations from organizations that were inspired by his vision of an Oasis in the Desert. One such innovation was a regulation-sized basketball court called the Oasis in the church parking lot, which provides a place for local residents to gather, play basketball, etc., in their neighborhood, in a safe environment. The project, which cost upwards of $150,000, was donated by the Venice Basketball group. The project still generates income for the church by hosting events on the custom designed basketball court.
The Sierra Club and Grid Alternatives teamed up to donate a solar unit to the church at a cost of $20,000. Dozier says that he plans to continue to work with such organizations to achieve mutual objectives for communities that TNECC serve.
Pastor Larry is a Certified Lay Minister within the United Methodist Church and currently serves as a member of the national General Commission on United Methodist Men’s Foundation, and he is the vice president of United Methodist men for the Western Jurisdiction.
How It Started
The name of the this certified 501(c)(3)non-profit is The New Earth Christian Church (TNECC). While Pastor Larry Dozier serves as the president/CEO and senior pastor, a 10-member board of directors governs the organization.
Dozier says that the time is right for such an organization. “It’s also necessary. Because of the pandemic, many seniors have said they do not plan to attend church services again in a building. Also, while many baby boomers, millennial, etc., and others are accustomed to attending a worship service, many believers of today would love the convenience of worshiping from the comfort of their living rooms.
“Applications such as Zoom allow for this while at the same time, providing parishioners the opportunity to fellowship without having to dress up. It’s interactive and this is preferable to just watching someone speak on TV or other one-way communications session,” Dozier said.
“Families, friends, and old acquaintances can come together despite long distances apart, while at the same time, having their spiritual needs met. It’s win-win for everyone. It allows individuals to fellowship whether they are located in South LA, South Alabama, or South Africa. TNECC plans to take advantage of this to create an international organization.”
The New Earth Christian Church is a Zoom based, non-denominational, Christian, church that believes that Jesus is the son of the one true God, who lived 2000 plus years ago and sacrificed His life for our sins, so that we might have eternal life. We believe that He rose again on the third day and now sits at the right hand of His Father, where He intercedes for all who accept, believe, and receive Him.