THE STORY OF NEW LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Founding Pastors: Dr. Stephen Smith, Pastor Eldon Nephew, and Pastor Denzil Smith
Three former pastors met at the McDonalds restaurant on Piney Forest Rd and Franklin Turnpike on June 15, 1997. The main question on the table was, “Do we want to plant a church in Danville with 300+ churches in it and none of them seemed overcrowded?”. The answer to that question was “No”. But they then asked a different question to each other, “Do you sense that God wants you to stay in Danville and plant a church of the Lord’s choosing?”. And they realized that God had spoken to them about this answer, and it was a unanimous “Yes”.
Aware that Danville is a city of churches, the three pastors prayed that the Lord would give them the direction He wanted for this church. It was decided to model the church on Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness. The name, New Life Community Church, serves to remind us that we will always be a church trying to reach the community with the life and love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A meeting was held mid-June 1997 with nineteen men who pledged themselves to pray and be actively involved any way possible. New Life Community Church began meeting at Christ Episcopal Church on Franklin Turnpike for several months. NLCC moved to Coates Recreational Center on Westover Dr for approximately one year. As the church continued to grow it began to meet at Twin Springs Elementary School where the congregation worshiped for one year. With more growth, the church located to the former U-Play facility located on Mount Cross Rd. New Life continued to grow and eventually moved into their current location October 2003.