A Church Birthed in Larimer, the Poorest Community in Allegheny County Through Vision
Nabhi Christian Ministries (NCM) is a 501(C) 3, nondenominational community church established in 1996 and incorporated in 1998 in Larimer, the poorest community of Allegheny County with the primary purpose to improve the quality of life for its neighbor by proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom through worship shaped by sound exegesis designed to produce transformation and effective leadership in God’s people, including the impoverished, marginalized and outcast who struggle to overcome the challenges of everyday life to meet their basic needs, as is instructed by God throughout the bible from Genesis to Revelation. The church was located at 6260 Broad Street in Pittsburgh before relocating to 7060 Lemington Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 in 2009, United State. The Visionary and Founding Pastor is Rev. Jacque Fielder.
NCM responded to the cries of its members and neighbors impacted by extreme gang violence that endangered innocent children and families and resulted in senseless deaths in Pittsburgh’s African-American communities. NCM's vision to demonstrate the love of Christ through transformation unfolded in the church mission, dedicated to enhancing impoverished communities by reducing havoc and cultivating healthy environments through a provision of services that mentor, train and develop quality citizens of all ages.
NCM was very instrumental in helping to unify the church with local leaders of all backgrounds and faith to help bring community healing. An outreach called, Concerned Citizens of Greater Pittsburgh (CCOGP) formed from that union.
September 2, 1996 highlights NCM's first great outreach accomplishment. With its first grant from Best Health Care, CCOGP successfully mediated Pittsburgh's first ever gang peace rally held at the Rhododendron Pavilion in Highland Park, resulting in a public peace truce and a cease-gunfire between 5-rival gangs from neighboring communities. NCM received local and national attention including, The Allegheny County Commissioner’s and State Auditor General Proclamations for improving Pittsburgh neighborhoods and reducing gang violence. NCM was called on by various organizations and governments to help mediate conflict.
In 2000, NCM, Agape Christian Fellowship and the City of Pittsburgh partnered with District Courts, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Abraxas, Shuman Detention Center, Probation Officers, East-Liberty Family Health Care Center and local community groups to help implement a case-managed conflict resolution program called the EMP (Educational Mentoring Program) for at-risk youth to help reduce violence and other forms of delinquent behavior. The EMP significantly reduced violence and truancy.
In 2004, NCM in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh created the first, unique, court-ordered Life Skills Community Service (LSCS) program of its kind in Pittsburgh, PA. LSCS strengthened lacking support systems for troubled and adjudicated youth that significantly decreased their vulnerability to academic failure, expulsion, dropout and violent crimes. The LSCS significantly reduced truancy and became a model program replicated by other youth-serving and volunteer organizations throughout Allegheny County. NCM received 2 City of Pittsburgh Proclamations for tireless work and effective leadership towards the goals of making Pittsburgh a more peaceful and loving place; and for all its efforts in helping so many of those in need of aid in the city.
In 2005 -2009, NCM received grants from the Poise foundation and the City of Pittsburgh to successfully continue case-managed services, successfully addresseing root causes of violence in at-risk and adjudicated youth that transformed lives and significantly reduced truancy in the City of Pittsburgh Public Schools.
In 2015, through the generous support of the Heinz Endowments, the church was invited to team with 4-H Pittsburgh and the Kingsley Association to deliver an innovative, assets-based self-sufficiency youth development program that gave African-American males leadership roles in their neighborhoods of Larimer and Lincoln-Lemington. NCM received the Jefferson and Soroptimist Awards for Outstanding Public Service for establishing the first African American Male Urban 4H Program Curriculum for the City of Pittsburgh through Penn State Extension and Proclamations from Congress and the City of Pittsburgh for appreciation of dedication, enthusiasm, cooperation and tireless community work;
In 2016, NCM received a City of Pittsburgh Proclamation for honoring community leaders for their achievements, value and impact on children and families; NCM founder was the recipient of the New Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence Award;
IN 2018, NCM received the City of Pittsburgh Proclamation for service and civic contribution to the City of Pittsburgh;
In 2019, NCM received the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. LLZ Chapter Community Service Award for ongoing service and unwavering dedication to community outreach & engagement.
In 2019, NCM received a grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation Small & Mighty program to expand the Hands for Hope year-round outreach program that clothe the poor, feed the hungry and build relationships with those engaged in hardship, life skills, recreation and leadership services to increase fulfillment that leads to child-well-being, family stability and self-sufficiency. Participants are resilient and possess strengths that assists them in recovering from negative experiences.
NCM believes church should be a place where people encouraged in their faith gather to grow in the knowledge of God's Word and develop positive relationships with fellow believers and are empowered to share God's love with their neighbor. Our faith compels us to live up to our true calling — enhancing communities by meeting the needs of the people through the love of Christ. NCM plan to continue its expansion of its Hands for Hope Project to meet the growing demand for its services. NCM welcomes your participation and hope that you will join in the important work.