The New Life Mission

New Life Church exists to bring glory to God by making disciples of all people through the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Core Values

New Life is a Spirit and Word church that relates to one another as a multi-ethnic, multi-gifted blend of God’s people.

The Word

We treasure beauty in diversity and express the creativity of God as a blend of God’s people whose focus is not on ethnic, social, or economic distinctions.


The transforming power of the Holy Spirit enables us to live transparent lives with one another under the lordship of Jesus Christ.


Our worship encompasses exuberant, eclectic, and celebrative styles where spiritual gifts are encouraged and exercised with freedom and order.



Prayer is the engine that drives New Life Church and we intentionally prioritize it within a variety of weekly prayer meetings.

Missional Living

We walk out our calling to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people, here and abroad, through personal evangelism.



One Church, Four Locations

The multi-site church model excels by taking the infrastructure of an existing, thriving church and expanding it into new communities. Each campus has a shared unifying vision with an implementation that is unique to its location.


Deep Creek

Sundays at 9:00 a.m & 11:00 a.m.

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Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.
Sundays at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

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Sundays at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

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Town Center

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

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Statement of Faith

We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments by the Holy Spirit as originally given; they are the final authority for our faith and life. (II Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12)
We believe in one God revealed in three co-equal, distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; Ephesians 2:18)
We believe that man in his natural state is a sinner—lost, undone, without hope, and without God. (Ephesians 2:1-2; Romans 3:23)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who, by His incarnation and virgin birth, took upon Himself the form of man and became the God-Man. In the one person of Christ there are two natures, human and divine, each in its completeness and integrity. They are distinguishable but indivisible, so that He is fully man and fully God. He lived a sinless life and became the only sacrifice for the sins of the world. (Ephesians 1:3-5; Romans 5:1-11; Acts 12:4; I Peter 1:18-19)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Luke 24:38-43; John 20:24-29)
We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance toward God for sin and a personal heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in regeneration. This salvation is entirely by grace and not by works. (Ephesians 2:6-10; Romans 5:1; Acts 3:19-20)
We believe in the visible, bodily return of Christ to this earth to judge the world and to claim His Bride. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 1:7)
We believe that the Church is Christ’s spiritual body on earth today. It consists of born-again believers and has both universal and local expressions. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28)
We believe in the doctrines of eternal punishment for the lost and eternal bliss for the saved; hell for the unsaved and heaven for the saved. (John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:11-15)
We believe that Satan is a fallen, created being who is the “god of this world.” He and his well-organized company of demons are opposed to the Kingdom of God and work to defeat and destroy the believer. While his activity is real, Satan and his demon spirits were defeated and overthrown by Christ’s victory at the cross. (Luke 10:17-20; Colossians 2:13-15; Ephesians 6:10-18)
We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Godhead who is active in the world today. The Spirit indwells and seals the believer at new birth. We believe that baptism in the Holy Spirit is a subsequent experience and is available to all Christians to empower them to be witnesses. We believe in and encourage the use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. (John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4)
We believe that believers water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are sacraments of the Church and should be practiced regularly. (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-10; 1 Corinthians 10:16-21)

Our History

In 1995, Pastor Dan Backens (after pastoring in the Midwest for ten years) joined the pastoral staff of New Life Christian Fellowship (NLCF), a growing multi-site church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as a campus pastor of its Greenbrier congregation. Five years later, Pastor Dan, along with Pastor Kevin Turpin, was sent out from New Life to plant a new, intentionally multi-ethnic congregation named New Life Providence. The organizational structure of NLCF evolved through the years until, in 2003, each of its seven congregations – including New Life Providence – was released to be a self-governing, independent local church. These New Life churches maintained a close relationship with one another, however, by partnering together under a network of churches called One Focus Network. This structure continues to be vibrant today.

New Life remains evangelical in doctrine, charismatic in practice, and eclectic in worship.

New Life had a history-changing visitation from the Lord in August 2001 that resulted in the church’s dedication to being a House of Prayer. Through day and night prayer, things in the church really began to take off! In 2004, after five great years of meeting in a local high school, New Life Providence Church purchased an elementary school with its adjacent property and built a 1,000-seat sanctuary. As the attendance grew, the church facilities eventually served as host to six unique weekend experiences, with total attendance of about two thousand people. In 2010, New Life Providence adopted a multi-site strategy when it purchased another church facility that had a new state-of-the-art 1500-seat sanctuary and 40,000 square feet of equipping space, in the Deep Creek area of Chesapeake—all about a 15 minute drive from the Virginia Beach campus. New Life’s seventh weekend service was launched at this location, and in 2012 a second service was added. In 2012, New Life acquired the historic and beautiful Colonial Avenue Methodist Church in Norfolk, Virginia and after extensive remodeling opened its third campus. Presently there are two thriving services at this campus. In 2017, New Life opened its fourth campus in the Town Center area of Virginia Beach, Virginia with two thriving services at this location. New Life Providence is now named New Life Church and continues to be blessed by the Lord—with a membership now of about 6,000. The church remains evangelical in doctrine, charismatic in practice, and eclectic in worship, plus it seeks to do whatever it takes to reach and teach as many people for Christ as possible!


Leadership & Staff

New Life’s leadership and staff is comprised of believers that reflect the church’s mission to be a multi-ethnic body that brings glory to God.

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