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Gahanna Campus

3690 N Stygler Road Gahanna, OH 43230


Saturday at 6pm // Sunday at 9 and 11am

Whitehall Campus

4295 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43213


Sunday at 11am

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Gahanna Campus



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. 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.

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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 ZONE has proven to be the most exciting middle school ministry in Gahanna for the past 20 years and is still going strong!! Our goal is to create a gathering for middle school students that is both FOCUSED and FUN!! Each Wednesday night, middle school students from all over Gahanna and other communities join together for great snacks, exciting games inside and out, and most importantly, Bible teaching you can understand, small group discussion with your peers, and prayer. If you are in Middle School, the ZONE is the place to be on Wednesday Nights from 6:45-8:30pm!

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

If you are a high school student looking for a place where you can get your questions answered surrounding life, God, relationships, family, money, current issues and many other topics, ReNew is THE place for you!! We want high school students to develop a BIBLICAL worldview and approach their lives from a SCRIPTURAL perspective while recognizing that the only perfect person to have ever lived is Jesus!! ReNew is not a place for perfect people. It is simply a place where students can gather together to grow in their relationship with God and with one another. 

Join us each Sunday evening from 5:30-7:15pm for some time to hang out, play a game or two, study the Bible, pray for each other and have fun doing all those things!! Once a month we have what we like to call “Sports Night”, where we play volleyball, dodgeball, 9-square, basketball etc…you don’t have to be a great athlete to participate…we just want to have a good time. It is a great event to invite friends to!!

We also have selected evenings throughout the month where we go out for fast food after ReNew. CHECK IT OUT!!!

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.