December 1942 – With the war against the axis powers in full–swing for nearly a full year, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered that the nation would be rationing gasoline. This new requirement was made public on November 26, 1942. The country was given one week to comply with the rationing. As of December 1, 1942, the average American was now only allowed between 3 and 8 gallons of gas per week. For many, this made it difficult to conduct life and business and continue to travel to church week in and week out.
In Aurora, OH, a local church devised a plan. They were going to start a church. On December 20th, 1942, the Church in Aurora started Geauga Lake Community Church in the Geauga Lake Country Club Clubhouse under the leadership of Rev. J.R. Hutchinson. That day a church was birthed that would eventually become New Life Church.
They continued to meet for the next few years in the clubhouse until they were able to purchase property and begin construction on a church.
On another late December day in 1950, a small church opened it’s doors for the first time. The church continued to expand during this time in both numbers and facility. On July 11, 1976, the church voted to join the Assemblies of God under the leadership of Rev. L.A. Thompson.
At the dedication of the first building in Aurora, these words were the declaration of the church:
The reality then and now is that our church exists to facilitate the worship of God and the progress of His message.
In 2015, God began to stir the heart of the church leaders toward a greater impact for the kingdom. The Vision for Transformation was launched in an effort to impact the community, the region, and the world. A significant part of that vision was the multiplication of the church into places and amongst peoples who do not have adequate access to enough vibrant churches.
In 2018, New Life set itself intently on that journey of multiplication. During that time, a sister church approached New Life about relaunching as a campus of the church. In late 2018, each church voted unanimously to proceed forward with launch of New Life Church – Stow. Also during this season, New Life took the significant step to prepare for the launch of a campus that would be embedded into the life of another campus that was specifically focused on reaching the Indian immigrant population in the Aurora area.
As we reflect upon all that the Lord has done in the past, we look forward to the future as we seek to impact new communities and unique people groups with the gospel of Jesus Christ.