In the mid 1980’s several men, including Pete Grose, began a summer outreach program at the University of Iowa. In 1985, Hawkeye student Kurt Jurgensmeier began meeting with the outreach. Many others came and went, but a few formed a likeminded core. In 1994, about 25 friends left homes and careers behind to begin New Life Community Church in Cedar Rapids. The new church 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. 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.