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Gahanna Campus

3690 N Stygler Road Gahanna, OH 43230


In Person and online at 9am and 10:30am

Whitehall Campus

441 S Yearling Road Columbus, OH 43213


In Person and Online at 10am

East Campus

13142 Broad Street SW Pataskala, OH 43062


In Person and online at 10am

Gahanna Campus


In-Person at 9am & 10:30am

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Hey there! I’m Steve, one of the pastors at New Life Church. I want you to know that I’m thrilled that you’re thinking about checking us out. But I do want to be up front with you ... we are NOT a perfect church (but then, there aren’t any perfect churches). 

We do however have hundreds of people who are genuine, sincere followers of Jesus.  Shirley and I regularly thank God for placing us in this loving church family--I’m really not sure what we’d do without it. 

No, none of us are perfect, but we’re all striving to keep JESUS front and center in the life of this church. People who are hungry to understand more about JESUS’ GOOD NEWS while learning to live out its implications will feel at home here.  

Here’s a verse from scripture that describes our mindset and mission:

“We love because He first loved us” – I John 4:19

What to Expect

We call our Sunday worship gatherings “Celebrations.” Celebrations usually last about ninety minutes and consist of a focused time of heart-felt, Jesus-focused musical worship (with a mix of traditional and contemporary styles) and a 40-45 minute sermon straight from the Bible that centers on Jesus and His plans and purposes for our lives and for this world. 

We believe in both team-teaching and team worship-leading so you’re likely to hear from a variety of speakers and worship leaders if you continue on with us. Most people dress casually when they attend, and the atmosphere is warm and friendly (remember, we’re not perfect J).

Our vibrant KidzLife Ministries (ages 0-5th grade) run during the 10:30am Celebration and are staffed by caring volunteers who seek to teach children about the Gospel of Jesus in both large-group and small-group settings. Our Middle School students worship together in our 9AM Celebration for the first thirty minutes, then head upstairs to our Loft for a time of learning and connecting in EDGE, our Sunday morning ministry for that age-group. High School students gather in The Loft on Sunday nights at 5:30PM for Renew, a learning environment geared towards challenging students to understand and live out their faith in daily life.

Feel free to watch any of our Recent Sermons to get a better feel for our teaching ministry in Celebrations. Then, your next step of exploration after perusing this site is to check us out in person! We’d love for you to attend one of our upcoming Celebrations. If you do, please consider dropping by the Next Steps Center in our lobby to pick up a thank-you gift bag—our way of showing appreciation for your visit.

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Our Nursery (birth-24 mo) provides a safe, loving and nurturing environment for your child. As you enjoy the worship service, we make every effort to make sure your child's needs are being met.

Parents are given a vibrating beeper to alert them if they are needed. We keep our child-to-volunteer ratio low to ensure your child's safety while in the nursery. In each classroom, there are interesting, sanitized toys and manipulatives to engage and challenge children at every level of development. Our ministry volunteers are instructed on making every child's early church attendance a positive experience.

Nursing Nook

Our Nursing Nook is a private, comfortable room for Nursing mothers to experience Celebrations while taking care of their infant child at the same time.


Guest Registration

Child Dedication

Child dedication is a public commitment you make before God, your church, and your family. The dedication provides you, the parent(s), an opportunity to express publicly your desire to lead and spiritually nurture your child in the Gospel. Contact us to take this step.


We use comfortable child-friendly language and manipulatives to share the gospel. Our dedicated, parents, volunteers, and staff spend a large portion of time teaching as well as having your child retell the part of the Bible story in their own words using the manipulatives. Because our well trained teachers realize that even though your children may respond to questions correctly, their true understanding often comes through repetition and their own telling of the part of the lesson.


Pre-K Church


Awana establishes welcoming, supportive environments where kids, from every background and cultural setting, learn how a personal relationship with Christ affects their everyday lives.

Find the next Awana


The Worship Celebration for elementary kids (grades 1-5) begins with an engaging large group time of worship and ends with age graded small groups. During the large group worship time kids will experience creative music and teaching styles with an emphasis placed on how the Bible fits together and points to Jesus, the ultimate hero of God's big redemptive story.

Questions? Contact Darcy Stelzer, Kids Ministries Director 


Kids Celebrations


Awana establishes welcoming, supportive environments where kids, from every background and cultural setting, learn how a personal relationship with Christ affects their everyday lives.

Find the next Awana

Middle School

The EDGE is a small group gathering for Middle School students (grade 6-8) who want to connect with God and others peers. Each Sunday we break up into small groups according to grade and gender. We pray for one another and study the Bible. The first Sunday of every month, in lieu of EDGE, students are encouraged to join their families in the Celebration service.

Questions? Contact Brett Starr, Student Ministries Director 


The Zone

 Wednesdays 6:45-8:30 pm during the school year
Games, Bible Study and Small Groups.

High School

In our High School Ministry (9-12 grade) we seek to come alongside parents in pursuit of impressing God's Word on the hearts of their teens. We want to minister to the entire family even though our primary ministry is to teenagers and Provide a place where the students and parents alike are encouraged in their relationships with God, with other believers and with each other as a family.

On the weekends we encourage high school students to join with their families in the Celebration service. Our primary connection times are on Sundays at ReNew. 

Questions? Contact Brett Starr, Student Ministries Director 


 Sundays, 5:30-7:15 pm
A place where High School students can get their questions answered along with great music, teaching, and discussion on relevant topics.


When visiting New Life for the first time you will be asked to fill out a registration card. To save time you may fill it out now and bring it when you come to church. For security purposes, your copy of your child’s name tag will be required when you return to pick up any child. If you lose your name tag, please be patient as a KidzLife supervisor verifies guardianship. If parents are needed at any time during the service, the number on their parent receipt that corresponds to their child’s nametag will be texted and/or called. 


For the safety and wellness of ALL the kids that attend KidzLife we ask every parent avoid bringing a child with any of the following:

  • A temperature of 100° or higher
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, upset stomach, or any visible rash other than diaper rash
  • Any drainage from the eyes/ears, open sores, nasal discharge that is green or yellow
  • Extreme irritability or exhaustion
  • Head lice or mouth sores
  • Persistent coughing or sneezing (allergy or asthmatic symptoms excluded)
  • If any member of the family contracts a contagious illness (i.e. pink eye, strep throat, head lice, chicken pox)
  • Any illness that prevents them from fully participating in classroom activities


For safety reasons, we do limit the number of children in a classroom at any given time. The classroom size is based on appropriate, pre-determined child-to-teacher ratios.

Please note that in order to provide a carefully screened environment with trained volunteers only, we must ask parents to refrain from entering any classroom unless requested by KidzLife Staff. If you would like to visit your child’s classroom, please have your child’s classroom leader contact a KidzLife Director for approval or contact us beforehand.


Our volunteers go through an in-depth screening process, which includes completing an application, going through a background check and training.


If your child has special allergies and/or medical concerns, please be sure to note these when first registering your child. These will appear every week on your child’s tag. If you forgot or need to add an allergy or medical concern to your child’s profile, someone at the Kids Welcome desk can assist you or you can contact us.