WHO WE ARE
We’re a community of far-from-perfect people, traveling together on the pathway of new life in Jesus. We’d love to have you join us on our journey–a journey that will change your life forever.
God sent his Son to create the pathway we now travel, and we must each decide whether or not we will walk it. We’d like to be the place where you make up your mind, where you discover Jesus to be real and true. A safe place where you discover God’s plan for your life and give expression to the unique individual He intended you to be.
And, because God never intended any of us to walk the pathway alone, New Life is also a place where you can find friends to walk with you. A place where you can belong. The Bible says that you will become a new person—transformed by God’s love—as you travel the pathway of new life. We invite you to discover the power of His transforming love in your life, here with us—at New Life.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative written Word of God.
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in his miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal future return to this earth in power and glory to rule a thousand years.
In the blessed hope–the rapture of the Church at Christ’s coming.
The only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Christ.
That regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
In water baptism by immersion.
That the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer.
That the baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it.
In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life.
In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation.
For more about the distinctive aspects of our beliefs, click here.
New Life Assembly of God, a Pentecostal church, was founded in 1976 in Findlay, Ohio, by a small group of dedicated believers who wanted their children raised in a church in which people genuinely loved one another and rejected interpersonal politics and gossip.
At first, members of the new congregation met in one another’s homes, then later at the YMCA, and finally, in an old church on Crystal Avenue before constructing a new building at 535 Bright Road in 1978. The church was led by Pastor Howard Spriggs and his wife, Marie, from 1976 to 1992. In 1992, Dutch VanderVlucht and his wife, Cindy, moved to Findlay to pastor New Life.
By the early 2000s, New Life had outgrown the Bright Road facility. In 2005, the congregation conducted a capital campaign to raise funds for construction of a larger church. Although no building site had yet been purchased, the congregation voted overwhelmingly to sell Bright Road, believing that God would provide a place for us to meet until we had a new facility.
In fact, God provided both rolled into one, in the form of the former Norcrest Presbyterian Church on Findlay’s north side. We dedicated the facility at 3120 Norcrest Street in September 2006.