Our History

Newtownbreda Baptist Church was founded 60 years ago, as a small group of believers met in an upper room at the Inns Shops and began to pray over the Newtownbreda Area. The church met for many years on School Road, and then moved location to Newtownbreda Road back in 1979. Today Newtownbreda is known as church full of life, and it seeks to be a church that loves Jesus first, going deep in our relationship with him, and wide in our impact for God. We believe that God has placed us in this community and city "for such a time as this". Belfast as a city has been known all over the world for its divided past. We dream of a day when this city is reconciled to God and the activity of God in this city becomes headline news across the world. We believe God can and will use the local church to impact the city and that indeed "greater things are yet to come in this city". You are so welcome to join us as we gather each Sunday to go deeper in our love for Christ, and encourage one another to go wider in our impact for Him.

Our Pastors

Pastor Pablo Murphy

Pablo Murphy

Lead Pastor


Jonny Wright

Associate Pastor

Jonny Wright joined the staff at NBC in July 2017 as an Associate Pastor (Young Adults, Worship). He has been part of the family at Newtownbreda from a young age, growing up in the church.

Jonny is passionate about corporate worship in the church, specifically in the area of worship leadership and songwriting. In his role as Young Adults Pastor, Jonny is committed to discipling the next generation of leaders in the church. He also loves to preach and teach the word of God.

“I love Christian music because it takes the powerful truths of God's Word and slips it past our defences and into our hearts. There have been many times when I feel like I can't pray or read the Bible. In those times worship music has reconnected my heart to God and refreshed my soul. That's what I want to do for others. Give them words to express their hearts to God in every season of the soul”

Jonny is married to Lyndsay and proud dad to Matthew.


Our Leadership


Back row: Steve Wright, Dave Gordon, Brian Davison, Leslie Orr, Sam Haighton, Steve Lindsay Front Row: Pastor Pablo Murphy, Pastor Jonny Wright, Pastor Trevor Ramsey, John Robinson


Janice Brymer, Chris Gamble, Graeme Leeburn, Gordon Purdy, Robin Gamble, Andy Gibson, Andrew Courtney, Brian Mewha, Tim Brown, Ricky Wallace, Andrew Hull, Brian Beattie


Our Staff


Gillian Carlisle

Pastoral Care Co-ordinator


Rebekah Frazer

Youth Worker


Rebekah Harris

Community Worker


Lorna Jones

House Keeper


Diane Curry

Church Administration


Kat Madden

Children's Worker


Janet Orr

Church Administrator


John Cherry



Our Statement of Faith

We affirm the following Biblical Doctrines and hold to them in our lives and church:
1 The Scriptures
The verbal inspiration and total inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as originally given by God; their sole-sufficiency and final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3 v 16, 2 Peter 1 v 21, Romans 15 v 4).
2 God
One God in three persons, the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-equal, co-eternal, sovereign and active in creation, providence and redemption. (Matthew 28 v 18-19, Mark 12 v 29, John 1 v 14, Acts 5 v 3-4).
3 The Lord Jesus Christ
The essential deity and perfect humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and men; His virgin birth, sinless life and sacrificial death on the cross as the only substitute for sinners; His burial, bodily resurrection and ascension to heaven; His high priestly ministry and personal return. (John 1 v 14, 1 Timothy 2 v 5, Romans 5 v 8, Philippians 2 v 5-11, Hebrews 4 v 14 & 6 v 19-20, Matthew 28 v 18).
4 The Holy Spirit
The work of the Holy Spirit in regenerating the sinner and indwelling, sanctifying and empowering the believer. (Acts 1 v 8, 1 Corinthians 12 v 13, Ephesians 5 v 18, Galatians 5 v 16-26)
5 The Devil
The personality of the devil; his evil activity and final doom. (Isaiah 14 v 12-17, Genesis 3 v 1-19, 2 Peter 2 v 4, Revelation 20 v 1-3, 10).
6 Humanity
The creation of humanity, male and female in the image of God, equal in value and complementary in role; the creation ordinance of marriage as the lifelong union of one man and one woman; the entrance of sin through Adam's disobedience; the fallen and totally depraved state of all humanity; their subjection to God's wrath and condemnation; their responsibility to repent and believe the Gospel. (Genesis 1 v 26-27, Genesis 2 v 18-24, Matthew 19 v 1-12, Psalm 14 v 1-3, Romans 3 v 10-19, Hebrews 9 v 27, John 3 v 16).
7 Justification
The justification of the sinner by God's grace alone through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ alone; the eternal security of the believer. (John 3 v 16, John 1 v 12, John 3 v 36, Ephesians 1 v 7, Ephesians 2 v 8-10, Romans 5 v 1, 6-9, 2 Corinthians 5 v 21, Titus 3 v 5, John 10 v 28).
8 The Church
The church, the body of Christ, made up of those drawn from every tribe, language, people and nation throughout history who are added to it by the work of the Holy Spirit and the exercise of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; the scriptural expression of the church in the world as the local company of baptised believers gathered under the headship of Christ for worship, fellowship, instruction and evangelism, in separation from all systems of belief that do not adhere to the Scriptures and are unfaithful to the gospel of salvation by grace alone; the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's supper: baptism being the immersion of believers on profession of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and a symbol of their identification with Him in His death, burial and resurrection; the Lord's supper being a remembrance of Christ until He comes and a renewal of commitment to Him; the offices of elder and deacon; the gifts of evangelist and pastor-teacher; the priesthood of all believers and their unity in the Body of Christ; the separation of church and state. (1 Corinthians 12 v 12-27, Acts 2 v 42-47, Matthew 28 v 19-20, Luke 22 v 19-20, 1 Corinthians 11 v 26, Ephesians 4 v 11-13, 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1 v 5-9, 1 Peter 2 v 5, 1 Peter 2 v 9).
9 The Future State
The unconditional immortality of the soul; the resurrection of the body; the eternal joy in heaven of the believer; the conscious eternal punishment in hell of those who die impenitent. (John 14 v 1-3, 1 Corinthians 15 v 51-52, 1 Thessalonians 4 v 13-18, Titus 2 v 11-14, Matthew 25v 46).
10 Christian Behaviour
The responsibility of all believers to obey and serve the Lord and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives; the duty of each church to exercise godly discipline in a loving and caring fashion. (Romans 6 v 11-13, Ephesians 5 v 18, Galatians 5 v 16-26, Matthew 18 v 15-17, Galatians 6 v 1).