In the mid 1980’s several men from Ames, Iowa began a summer outreach program at the University of Iowa. In 1985, U of I student Kurt Jurgensmeier began meeting with the outreach. Many came and went, but a few people formed a like-minded core and organized as a church. As students graduated and started careers and families, the decision came in 1994 to move north to Cedar Rapids. About 25 friends relocated and founded New Life Community Church. The new church first met in Kurt’s living room. Every single person was valuable and needed. In time, others joined us, and we moved to increasingly larger rented spaces around the Cedar Rapids area. In 2005 we purchased our current ministry center in Marion. In May 2019, New Life Community Church celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The phrase Authentic Christianity is one that we use often at New Life, but how do we define it? We think “Joyfully serving Christ with our best friends” is a good, simple summary. We live this out in our church in the following ways, or core purposes:

  • We want to be a place to BE SAVED from God’s punishment for our sins.
  • We want to be a place to BELONG to a family of believers.
  • We want to be a place to GROW in the power of God’s Spirit.
  • We want to be a place to GIVE our time, treasure, and talents in service to Christ.