Our Story

New Life is a new faith community in Machesney Park. New Life will serve as a "new place for new people" and is also being developed as a regional church for the Rockford and Stateline area. Mission New Life exists to be God's hands and feet by helping people know Christ and equipping them to reach their full potential as Christians. Purpose New Life encourages and equips people in Finding, Forming and Forwarding. 

Finding - those in need of Christ's love and sharing with them a message of hope. "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost". (Luke 19:10) 

Forming - Christian lives through the relationships they build. Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your with being, and with your whole mind." ...And the second is like it: "You must love your neighbor as you love yourself'" (Matthew 22:37,39) 

Forwarding - into our world to make a positive impact. "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19)


New Life was founded in 2011 by Pastor Mark Meyers, his wife Jennifer, and a group of fifteen people. They met in the coffee shop of Hilltop Ministry Center to worship, pray, and develop plans for a new church which will serve Machesney Park, Loves Park and other surrounding communities. 

Denomination: United Methodist