A Little History

Los Pastores David y Jill Barlock y su hijo Jason.

Our Beginnings in Manatí - 1978

Christian Life Mission / Iglesias del Nuevo Testamento is a pentecostal movement that started on the Island of Puerto Rico in 1978 trhough the ministerial efforts of an american couple called David and Jill Barlock. They settled in the coastal town of Manatí, in the northern coast of the Island, in obedience to what they felt to be a calling from God to minister the latin community. Even though they faced the significant obstacle of not knowing the Spanish language or poverty, they were able to establish three churches in the Island by 1979 and started expanding their efforts, travelling to the neighbor Dominican Republic in 1980 and later to Central and South America.

The testimony of the Barlock family inspired many others, especially young people, to step forward and offer themselves to full-time ministry. As a result, they received more than 70 full-time students by 1988 and sent them to the field missionary efforts that were sponsored by their organization.

In Puerto Rico, at present there are 17 churches that belont to the Concilio de Iglesias del Nuevo Testamento. The INT of Dorado, pastored by Bishop Juan Canales , has attracted a large number of musicians, singers, and famous Puertorrican artists during the past two decades.

Among them, there are two singers that have stepped into full-time ministry: Alex D’Castro , known as the “Salsa Tenor”, who is a Bishop in our Fellowship with several growing churches under his charge. He has expanded his efforts, starting with the INT of Río Piedras, reaching the towns of Caguas, Toa Baja, Juncos, Cidra, Las Piedras, Aguas Buenas, and Popayán, Colombia. You can visit his website at: iglesianuevotestamento.com ; and Carlos Camacho , who’s been lead singer for the famous Los Hispanos Quartet during 27 years, and currently pastors a dynamic church in the city of Ponce. You may also visit the website of the Ponce Church at: intponce.org .

The missionary efforts of the churches in Puerto Rico have extended to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Venezuela and, more recently, Colombia. All of these churches are growing and taking the necessary steps to train ministers from their own countries to help expand their evangelistic efforts.

This branch, known as Christian Life Mission works in the United States, with churches in the states of Ohio (main headquarters), Illinois, Connecticut, Texas, Florida, Maryland and California.

David and Jill Barlock served as pastors in the Island of Puerto Rico for 22 years. Bishop Barlock is the acknowledged apostle in the fellowship and functions as the General Superintendent, traveling during the year to the various international conventions sponsored by the different branches of our organization . Pastor Jill Barlock is an annointed preacher that specializes in the ministry towards women. Her dynamic testimony of salvation and calling to the ministry has served as inspiration to hundreds of women.

The other Supervisors that help manage our churches are:

Bishop Leovigildo Gómez , is the INT supervisor in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Honduras. Pastor Gómez was ordained in 1983 and now serves as the vice-president of the international body of churches.

Bishop Thomas Klaserner is the supervisor of the Christian Life Mission in Ohio. Bishop Klaserner pastors a growing assembly in Uhrichsville, Ohio .

Bishop Carlos López is the supervisor of our churches in South America. Bishop López also pastors our church in the city of Houston, Texas.

For a complete listing of our churches, their websites, social pages, and other information, pleas go the page of Our Churches