Come and see what the Lord has started here at ‘The New’. Our family-centered and compassion filled mission are reflected in the sermons and teachings of our very capable leadership.

Our Leadership


Pastor Melvin Cotton Jr.Pastor Melvin Cotton, Jr.

Pastor Melvin Cotton Jr. is a native of Portsmouth, VA. He is the son of Myra A. Cotton and the late Melvin Cotton Sr. He is a graduate of I.C. Norcom High School located in Portsmouth, VA. Rev. Cotton received a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion from Liberty University and received both a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts in Christian Education degree from Virginia Union University’s, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology.

Rev. Cotton was licensed and ordained during his tenure at Grove Baptist Church Vision of Truth Ministries while under the tutelage of Pastor Dr. Melvin O. Marriner.

While at Grove Baptist Church he was a member of the “Keepers of the Flame” ministerial team. Rev. Cotton served as lead trio of Grove’s Restoration Ministry that focused on reaching out to those rebuilding their lives through spiritual guidance. This man of God humbly served as an Armor Bearer to the Senior Pastor. He also served as the coordinator for Grove’s Paint Your Heart Out Ministry and Grove’s AWESOME Ministry, which provided Christian education for children through biblical teachings, art and music. Rev. Cotton has a passion for the youth and he frequently speaks at various schools and youth programs across Hampton Roads. He is a youth mentor with strong ties to I.C. Norcom High School students. He is a volunteer chaplain at Sentara Obici Hospital and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Although Rev. Cotton has many accomplishments and accolades they are not his main concern. His heart’s desire is to preach and teach the unadulterated Word of God with the hope of transforming lives. He stands firmly on Galatians 1: 11-12, “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Rev. Cotton looks at himself not as a product of his environment, but a survivor of his environment. His mission is to speak life to and reach out to those considered to be unreachable.

Pastor Cotton is the husband of Minister Lakeesha M. Cotton. They have four children Yazmine, Melvin, Keyana and Caleb. The Cotton family currently resides in Chesapeake, VA.


Pastor and First LadyMinister Lakeesha M. Cotton

Minister Lakeesha M. Cotton is a native of Norfolk, VA. She is the daughter of Louis M. Johnson and the late Barbara A. Walker. She graduated from Lake Taylor High School located in Norfolk, VA. Minister Cotton attended Hampton University and Strayer University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Minister Cotton was licensed to preach the Gospel during her tenure at Lion of Judah Worship Center. Her ministry developed there while under the leadership of Senior Pastor Nemmo Etheridge and Co-Pastor Dr. Brenda Etheridge. During her time at Lion of Judah, Minister Cotton received training as an intercessor and evangelist. She also taught bible study, Sunday school classes and served as an usher in God’s house.

Minister Cotton later transitioned from Lion of Judah Worship Center to Grove Church in Portsmouth Virginia and served under the leadership of Pastor Dr. Melvin O. Marriner. While at Grove Church, she was an active member of the Keepers of the Flame ministerial team and often assisted with Women’s Ministry activities.

Minister Cotton fulfills her calling by preaching, teaching and most importantly living the Word of God. She has a passion for mentoring young adult women who are broken and have lost all hope. She takes great joy in showing them there is a better way, and that way is through Christ Jesus. She stands firmly on Isaiah 61:1 “Because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound”.

Minister Cotton is currently an associate Minister at New Genesis Baptist Church, Virginia Beach where she serves with her husband Pastor Melvin Cotton Jr. They have four children Yazmine, Melvin, Keyana and Caleb. The Cotton family currently resides in Chesapeake, VA.

Our Worship Location

New Genesis Baptist Church | 3229 MacDonald Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464



9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship Service

11:00 AM Children’s Church Service


12:00 PM & 7:00 PM Bible Study

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