Our Story

Interim MoveThe journey began in 1984 when New Life Fellowship Church of God in Christ moved to a location on Hobart Street in Rochester, NY. In early 1986, preceding the incorporation of the ministry, the Lord spoke to Pastor Reginald McGill about stepping away from the denominational association. Using the same approach that Abraham exercised when answering the calling of Jehovah to move out of Ur, Pastor McGill obediently incorporated the ministry as New Life Fellowship.

In 1988, while in Tulsa, Oklahoma , God spoke to Pastor McGill very clearly and said that He was calling New Life Fellowship to a Matthew 5:14 ministry: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

God spoke of the many who would come to this ministry to experience His presence and be healed and delivered; not ever the same. More and more souls came to New Life Fellowship in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. This was in large part due to intercessory prayer and the evangelistic presence everywhere in the ministry. Due to the expansion, Pastor McGill left his full time position as the Personnel Director for the New York State Department of Transportation and became the full time Shepherd.

By April 1991, as Sunday attendance doubled from nearly 350 to more than 700 individuals weekly, a building located at 362 Columbia Avenue was purchased and a two-service format was instituted. As ministries continued to be birthed, there was a need for enhanced administrative and fiscal accountability to sustain the growing ministry. It was time for a full time administrator to take their position in the plan of God.

New Life WellingtonThe vessel of choice was, at the time, serving as the Assistant Provost at Rochester Institute of Technology and directing several programs at this institute of higher learning. As the vessel of choice, when God spoke, she submitted. Effective July 1994, Dr. Cynthia McGill left her secular career and joined New Life Fellowship as the Chief Administrative Officer and became the Co-Pastor on a full-time basis.

As New Life Fellowship continued to move into its destiny and ventured to expand the vision, the congregation continued to grow exponentially. Everyday hundreds of people were touched by New Life through the love of God and by the ministering of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

For example, over 35 children and youth participated weekly in activities including Children’s Church, Youth Choir, and a drama ministry. Young adults and seniors became actively involved in various outreach programs such as evangelism, drug and alcohol counseling, senior adult’s ministry and jail and prison ministry.

Noted as one of the fastest growing urban churches in the Greater Rochester Metropolitan area, New Life Fellowship has over 20 ministries that are serving the Southwest Community and Monroe County. As the community continued to link with the vision of New Life Fellowship and turned back to God, the borders of 362 Columbia Avenue began to swell. It was time for New Life Fellowship to enlarge the site of their tent.

new life columbia avenueIn the Spring of 1998, a church facility located on Wellington Avenue became available. The former Westminster Presbyterian Church, a beautiful landmark built in 1915 was bought by New Life Fellowship. On Sunday, November 15, 1998 New Life Fellowship was able to expand its vision of reconciliation and restoration in the community.

Over eight hundred (800) members marched down Columbia Avenue to the newly renovated church home located at 330 Wellington Avenue. Upon arrival there was prayer and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Celebrating in praise and worship, the congregation then entered their new home. The festivities marked the culmination of a 5-year Capital Improvement project. The focal point of this unique structure is the sanctuary that seats 1,400. The 1952 two story matching brick wing serves as an education center for New Life Fellowship.

The property purchase also included the former residence, which was built in 1912. The building now houses “Family Restoration Project” which provides community outreach for families and individuals in need of counseling, food, and prayer. This project was established in 1988 as the community outreach arm of New Life Fellowship. Having served thousands of families and individuals, it has grown into a separate not-for-profit agency.

Jesus said, “Greater works than these..”. At 330 Wellington Avenue restoration will take place. For God has given the vision, Jesus Christ is the example of how to forge ahead to accomplish His purpose, and the Holy Spirit will provide the keys that open the doors to destiny.

Vision is never about maintaining the status quo. New Life Fellowship has clearly heard the Lord, therefore this part of the Body of Christ is ready, willing and able to launch out into the depths of faith, hope and love. We acknowledge our responsibility to make a God-given, Holy Spirit inspired vision come to pass.

Church History of New Life Ministries, Inc.

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Sunday Morning Worship- 10:00am
Wednesday Night Bible Study - 6:30pm
Joshua Generation
Youth Fellowship Friday - 6:30pm

Sat. Experience - Saturday - 6:00pm


Location: 330 Wellington Ave
Rochester NY 14619
Ph: 585-436-0085 Fax: 585-436- 9142

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