'...I have many people in this city'Acts 18:10
New Life is a large, vibrant church which meets in the heart of central Croydon, South London. Our church is made up of people of many different ages, backgrounds and nationalities.
Our fellowship is in the evangelical and Pentecostal/charismatic traditions that lay emphasis on Bible based faith and an ongoing experience of the Holy Spirit.
Our Vision, Values & Beliefs
We believe God has called us to be a growing, influential, Bible-believing church drawn from every section of society with a heart for Croydon, the United Kingdom and the nations.
God calls us to share the reality of the good news about Jesus Christ with our local community and beyond. To do this, we seek God’s guidance for the most effective ways to reach non-Christians. When our present building was opened, we were encouraged to see it as a fishing boat from which we could reach out, drawing people into God’s kingdom.
As a church, we are particularly responsible for looking after and caring for our church family. We aim to provide good quality pastoral care, as well as diverse opportunities for people to meet and share their lives with others.
As leaders of New Life, our desire is to see everyone who is part of New Life to become more and more Christ-like in character, attitudes and actions. We want to see the local body of Christ built up as men and women mature in the gifts and callings they have received from the Lord. As God has blessed us at New Life, we also wish to help other communities of believers in the UK and overseas.
We are a mainstream independent Pentecostal church who work closely with other churches in the local area. The following is a summary of our beliefs:
- We believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
- And in Jesus Christ his only begotten Son our Lord;
- who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary;
- suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified for us, died and was buried;
- the third day he rose from the dead;
- and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
- and thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
- We believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy universal church;
- the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins;
- the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
We’ve produced a series of articles outlining our understanding on key issues which can be read in the resource section.
New Life is also a member of the Evangelical Alliance.
New Life Croydon began as a home based prayer meeting towards the end of the Second World War. This group became a church and moved into accommodation in Church Road and then later in 1960 in Dennett Road, West Croydon.
Following John Edward’s arrival at the church in 1973, many far-reaching changes began to take place as the fellowship gradually developed many of the ministry emphases which characterizes it today.
By 1981 we had outgrown our accommodation in Dennett Road and spent the next few years meeting in various places around Croydon.
After a long search and many challenges, we finally moved into our present building, New Life Christian Centre in March 1987.
Since then New Life has continued to grow and develop with various new ministries being added to the church.
In 2007 we started two Sunday morning meetings and the weekly Sunday evening ‘Life’ service.
We have continued to experience steady growth so that we are currently a church of approximately 1400 men, women & children drawn from around fifty different nationalities.
We are an independent church, although we enjoy good relationships with many other churches in the Croydon area and beyond.
As we look to the future, we have established the ‘Regenerate’ project to look at ways of redeveloping and expanding our facilities.
Bill is involved in pastoral care and in praying for people in the area of deliverance.
Chima is one of our trustees.
Chris sometimes preaches in our Sunday services.
David led our music team at New Life for many years, and now helps lead our Monday afternoon fellowship.
David is involved in pastoral care.
Frederick Danso Asante
Frederick helps lead our church prayer meetings.
Gerald heads up our street evangelism team. He is also involved in discipling new believers.
Ian is involved in pastoral care and also regularly teaches and preaches in our Sunday services
Isaac is part of the worship team and sometimes leads worship at New Life.
Jay is one of our trustees with responsibility for helping to oversee our finances.
For many years, John has been very involved in praying for people in the area of deliverance. He teaches and preaches at New Life and in many other countries.
Kofi is involved in pastoral care as well as overseeing our pastoral assistants. He also oversees many of our evangelism and discipleship courses.
Kunle is one or our trustees. He is also involved in pastoral care.
Mark regularly preaches and teaches in our Sunday services and also oversees our work with children and young people. He is also involved in a number of interchurch initiatives.
Neville is the chair of our trustees.
Peter is involved in pastoral care.
Richard preaches in our Sunday services.
Tim is involved in pastoral care. He is also involved in a number of Croydon wide pastoral initiatives.
As well as serving as a trustee, Tony oversees our communion distribution team.
Head of Operations
Charity & Legal Info
New Life, or as we are legally known New Life Christian Centre (Croydon) has been a company limited by guarantee and registered in England & Wales since 1 April 2008. Our company registration number is 6484891.
We are also a registered charity. Charity registration number: 1123257.
Because we are a registered charity, our annual accounts are accessible on the Charity Commission website.
Because of our charitable status, those who give to New Life financially and are tax payers are able to be part of the Gift Aid initiative which enables us to reclaim tax back from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. For more information on gift aid, visit our giving page.