About Us

Our History

Thirty years ago in the rural town of Sullivan, Illinois,  Pastors Dave and Debra Dolan began teaching a Bible study in his parents’ home.  After continuing to pack more than 75 people into the “house church”, there were 3 ½ acres of land given to them to build a sanctuary.

During the years of building and establishing, the Dolans were blessed with seven children (two sons and five daughters), and now also have one son-in-law and four grandsons.  In 1991, they were told that their youngest daughter Faith was blind, had degenerate brain disease, and probably would not live to be a year old.  She is now 18, can see, is no longer in a wheelchair, runs in Special Olympics, and loves to jump and squeal for Jesus.

Six years ago, a new sanctuary was built to seat 1500 so that the harvest can be reaped in central Illinois.  One of the verses that these pastors live by is John 15:16,  ”You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained (or appointed) you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain (or last); that whatever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”

Today at newlife, some of the vital ingredients of this growing church are ministries to children, youth, and families, as well as a food pantry, lifegroups, and school of ministry.  “Impacting lives for Christ” is the mission statement and the heartbeat of newlife.

Pastor Dave and Debra attended Greenville College, have been married for 34 years, and have been in the ministry for more than 30 years.

Our Vision

We believe there’s a place for you here at newlife and we have a vision to provide an environment where you experience the love and acceptance of God and are encouraged and instructed on how to find your special purpose within the body of Christ.

We have a vision for biblical Truth. Through the relevant, practical, and passionate biblical teaching of Pastor Dave & Debra Dolan, we examine what the Scriptures say about issues that affect you. We believe God’s Word reveals eternal principles to help us live successful lives in today’s turbulent world.

We have a vision for helping people — people within our church family, people in our local community, and people around the the world. It is our vision to reach this city, along with this nation and world with the good news of the Gospel through strong local and international outreach programs. Whether supporting missionaries around the world or feeding and clothing the needy within our community, newlife has a vision to meet the needs of people with the hope, love, and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.

Our Mission
The mission of newlife

     Impacting Lives for Christ

  • To reach up in Worship
  • To reach out through Evangelism
  • To reach in to bring believers to Maturity
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