Our Vision Is Simple
New Life Apostolic Church exists to reach people where they are at, and to lead them to repentance, baptism in Jesus’ name, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost, and to deploy them as mature and equipped disciples of Christ for the sake of personal, family, and community transformation.
Our Core Values
We commit to gathering together in order to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
- Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT) “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
- Matthew 18:20 (KJV) “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
We strive to grow in every way to be more and more like Christ.
- 2 Peter 3:18 (KJV) “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
- Ephesians 4:15 (NLT) “Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.”
We will deny ourselves in order to give God all our heart, soul, and mind, and serve others as we serve Christ.
- Luke 9:23-24 (KJV) “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”
- Matthew 25:40 (KJV) “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
We must go and make a difference; standing still is not an option.
- Mark 16:15 (KJV) “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
- Acts 1:8 (KJV) “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Our Core Beliefs
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, a divine revelation from God to man (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We accept the scriptures as the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct (Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
We believe in the one eternal God (Deuteronomy 6:4): infinite in power and holy in nature, attributes, and purpose; and possessing absolute, indivisible deity (Jude 1:25; Malachi 3:6; Colossians 2:9).
We believe that in Jesus Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). We believe that God came to us manifested in the flesh as Jesus Christ (John 1:1-14; 1 Timothy 3:16), was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:23), and lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). He was crucified on Calvary for our sins (Matthew 26:28), he bodily rose from the grave (Romans 6:9), and he has been exalted to the throne of God where he is the only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). We believe that through his death and life we have personal salvation and power for victorious living (Romans 6:5-7).
We believe that all men have sinned and stand in need of redemption (Romans 3:23) which is obtained through the new birth by faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:28). Those who repent of their sins and are born again of water and spirit (John 3:3-5; Acts 2:38), through water baptism in Jesus’ name by immersion (Acts 4:12) and through the infilling of the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in an unknown tongue (Acts 2:1-4, 38-39), become children of God and heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).
As Christians, we are to love God and to love others (Mark 12:28-31). We are to worship God joyfully and seek to live a life of holiness that is pleasing to him both inwardly and outwardly – in our thoughts, words, motives, attitudes, and actions (2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14). We are empowered to live a life pleasing to God through the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:19-26). As a Spirit-filled church, we believe that the supernatural gifts of the Spirit are for the church today and are available to all Spirit-filled believers.
We believe the church has been “called out” of the world to be a habitation of God through the Spirit (1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 3:17-19), to love one another sacrificially, and to affect genuine spiritual change in the community (Hebrews 10:23-25; Acts 2:42-47). As the body of Christ on the Earth, the local church is the hope of the world. The church is one body made up of many members, diverse in their gifts and callings of the Holy Spirit to fulfill the cause of Christ and to expand the Kingdom of God on the Earth (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).
We believe in the pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ to receive his bride, the church, unto himself (John 14:3; Matthew 25:31). At his coming, we believe the dead in Christ will be resurrected from the grave followed by those believers who are alive and remain (1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). We believe in Christ’s millennial reign upon the Earth. After the final judgment, the righteous will inherit eternal life and the unrighteous will inherit eternal death (Revelation 20:11-15).
Our Team Leaders
AUSTIN & HANNAH GILLILAND
JOSH & SARAH PECONGE
YOUTH LEADERS & HEAD OF TECH (JOSH)
BRAD & MICHEL GILLILAND
SECRETARY/TREASURER & GUEST RELATIONS
MEL & KAREN HARKER
ADULT SINGLES MINISTRIES
REUBEN & AMBER BRICKER
MICHAEL & TARA BOVEE
HOSPITALITY (MICHAEL) & LADIES (TARA)
Our history starts back in 1986 when the construction of our original building was completed by Rev. Wayne Newcomer. At the time, the church was named Kendallville United Pentecostal Church. In 1987 Rev. Mike Harrell took over the pastoral leadership and resided here until 1991. In September of 1991 Rev. James Archambeault became pastor and under his leadership the congregation grew from an average attendance of 9 people to around 150 in the 27 years that he pastored. Much other growth happened as well with building additions and the church name changing to New Life Tabernacle in 2002.
In December 2018, Rev. Austin Gilliland was elected pastor of the church after Pastor Archambeault felt God transitioning his ministry elsewhere. Under Pastor Gilliland’s leadership the church has continued to thrive. In October 2019 a fresh vision was delivered to the church about holding onto its Apostolic identity, and with that vision the church pressed forward as New Life Apostolic Church.