What has been happening around New Life?
We have been blessed by great people who have been called to ministry as part of our staff here at New Life. We celebrate with them as they begin serving here at in Northern Virginia. As we work and serve others in the community, surrounding areas and around the world, we note those events and people.
Showing God’s love in a practical way
CHANTILLY, VA (Monday, June 27, 2022) – New Life Christian Church (NLCC) in Chantilly, VA is sponsoring a refugee from Ukraine, assisting with basic resettlement needs, including housing, finding employment, learning English, navigating the healthcare system, and more. The ultimate goal is to help Daniela (not her real name, for privacy) to become fully independent in the United States, and showing her the love of Jesus Christ in the process.
New Life has a passion for helping people in practical ways, and the church is happy to have this opportunity. When the Afghan crisis began and refugees were arriving in the United States, many of them went through processing nearby at the Dulles Expo Center. New Lifers immediately began collecting items and money to assist the refugees, donating to organizations supporting the Afghans.
However, in early June, a global humanitarian organization called New Life and said they had a single Ukrainian female who asked to be resettled in the Northern Virginia area. Would New Life help? NLCC immediately said “yes” and began their work.
“God answered our prayer for opportunities to directly help refugees in a different way than we expected,” said Tess Edmonds, NLCC’s Connections Mnister, “We are so excited to be serving Daniela as she begins the resettlement process.”
Edmonds has already developed a relationship with Daniela, a woman who traveled from Kyiv, Ukraine, to the US by herself. Daniela has experience working as an engineer and an accountant and is eager to be able to begin working in the United States. Edmonds described Daniela as “fun, stylish, and extremely motivated to be independent in her new country.” Daniela loves to bike, walk, and dance. She is learning English quickly and calls Google Translate her best friend.
Assisting Daniela with resettlement in her new country is just one of many ways that NLCC puts into action one of their mottos, “Love God, Love People.”
BRISTOW, VA – New Life Christian Church recently welcomed Preston Conder of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to serve as the campus pastor of New Life Linton Hall. The Linton Hall campus represents part of New Life Christian Church’s mission to multiply disciples and churches locally, regionally, and globally. Conder will oversee the Bristow campus’ weekly services and events, including Sunday morning worship at Piney Branch Elementary School.
Originally from Tyler, Texas, Conder received a Bachelor of Science in social studies education from Arkansas Tech University in 2015, where he played quarterback for ATU football. He later worked as a student assistant with the University of Mississippi’s football team under Hugh Freeze. From 2017-2022, Conder served as the college minister at University Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Conder and his wife, Meg, look forward to being part of a church that values taking risks for God, as they build relationships with people from a wide variety of ages and enjoy the beauty of Northern Virginia.
“God called us to leave the place and people we love to partner with Him in advancing the Gospel in NOVA,” he said. “We’re extremely humbled and thankful to be a part of the New Life family.”
Meg Conder said, “When we made our official visit to New Life back in March, we were so moved by the church’s commitment to the truth of God’s Word, their passion for people and the surrounding communities, and their investment in the mission of God. Even before we moved, we already felt so loved by the people here. We believe God is at work in Northern Virginia, and we are thrilled to be partners in what He’s doing here.”
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CHANTILLY, VA – New Life Christian Church recently welcomed student minister John Baker to their staff. Baker will oversee New Life’s ministry programming and events for middle and high school students across Northern Virginia. New Life Youth meet regularly for various social events, service projects, discipleship groups, in-home Bible studies, mentoring, and other activities to develop faith and fellowship among local youth.
Baker attended Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where he completed a double major in youth and family ministry and biblical exposition. A college athlete, Baker looks forward to making use of the nZone—the church’s nonprofit sports and fitness center—to connect with youth, build relationships, and invest in their spiritual growth.He aims to reach 200 students through New Life events by the end of the 2022-2023 school year.
Baker walked across the stage at his college graduation ceremony on a Saturday in May. By Sunday morning, he was standing on the New Life stage being introduced by Tom Pounder, New Life’s Online Pastor. “That’s how excited he is to be here, and we’re excited for him to be here working with our students,” Pounder said.
Baker said, “I’m looking forward to being a part of this community at New Life, and I look forward to serving you—hopefully building a great community not only of students here at New Life, but in the area as well.”
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