The New Life Story
New Life Covenant Church was started by Rev. Robert Owens in 1993 with a Bible study and outreach to the English Avenue community. By October of the next year, the church had purchased a former crack house and converted it into a worship center. The central location of the church made it useful to outreach efforts, as members became friends with neighbors on the block.
In 2000, New Life moved to its current home on Travis Street. That same year, Rev. Tim Rodgers moved with his wife, Andrea, from Connecticut to pastor the small church.
With the new building came the opening of the New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center. S.A.Y. Yes! offers a holistic and biblically-based approach to child development by addressing the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, and social needs of our students.
In 2010, Pastor Catherine Gilliard joined the New Life Covenant Church family as associate pastor. Longtime metro-Atlanta residents, the Gilliards had been friends of New Life Covenant Church for many years.
In 2014, New Life voted to transition to a co-senior pastor model, in keeping with our mission and call to minister across all boundaries. In April of 2014, we also called an associate pastor to strengthen our connection and deepen our engagement in our community.
New Life manages a small community park in the English Avenue neighborhood. A place to grow and connect, the park hosts community events, festivals and periodic work days.
The New Life family seeks to love God and to love our neighbors, living out peace and justice in our community. New Life enjoys many close partnerships with groups in the neighborhood, such as the English Avenue / Vine City Ministerial Alliance, English Avenue Neighborhood Association, and English Avenue Food Co-op.
Components of the New Life Mission
When we think about the ministry of Jesus, we think of one who did not rule from “on high” or command earthly powers from a throne, but a humble servant who lived among those he came to save. Following that model, incarnational ministry is about walking with others along the peaks and valleys of life. Each year more members of the New Life family move into the community. Together as neighbors, we seek to see the peace of Jesus – Shalom – transform these streets, our homes and our lives.
Mattie Freeland Park + Community House
Named for a longtime member of New Life and English Avenue resident, the Mattie Freeland Park was started in May 2008 and is in the process of becoming an Atlanta City Park. The park is a true community effort, hosting planting and clean-up days and regular community events like our annual fall festival and neighborhood socials. About a fourth-acre in size, the area holds raised beds, a community composting area, playground equipment, a tool shed and fire pit. The space serves as a place for children to learn about the earth and gardening and a gathering spot for neighbors – a kind of “neighborhood living room”. In 2017, the Mattie Freeland Community House is being added to host classes, workshops and other events to enrich the English Avenue community.
New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center
The New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center is a 501C3 non-profit of New Life Covenant Church. The New Life S.A.Y. (Save America's Youth) Yes! Center is a community of parents, teachers, volunteers, financial partners and staff who provide support services for students to master academic subjects. We serve collaboratively to interrupt, inspire and ignite students who desire a new reality. Education is a journey that leads to broader opportunities, new experiences and dreams being realized. We believe that everyone deserves a chance.
575 Youth Ministry
The 575 Youth ministry exists to provide fellowship, discipleship and mission encounters for middle and high school youth. Our goal is to raise awareness about the injustices in our world and to help each youth join God in kingdom building. We help our youth recognize and live into the Holy Spirit's counsel to fulfill their life's call and to advocate for justice in a broken world.
Each Wednesday evening a specific discipleship group gathers to strengthen their witness for Christ as a faith community. Discipleship groups discuss the intersection of life and faith for men, women, single, married, youth and parents. These groups are open for everyone, not just members. As we have fun together, study scripture and discuss life applications, we are deepening our relationships with Christ and one another.
New Life Restoration and Reconciliation Justice Center
The New Life Restoration and Reconciliation Justice Center exists to bring restoration, reconciliation and justice to the brokenness of our city and world through cohort education, advocacy equipping and justice formation of Christian disciples.