New Life Church - Searcy
New Life Church began as a gathering in Pastor Rick and Michelle’s home. There, the church’s first families built relationships and began the first NLC life group. On February 4, 2001, New Life held its first service in an old car dealership in downtown Conway, Arkansas. By the unexplainable grace of God, New Life has grown far beyond what we could have imagined.
As New Life grew, so did a desire to practically help and show the love of Jesus to the people in our communities and world. The Arkansas Dream Center began in Little Rock, serving the needs of the people through after-school programs, food outreaches, and family support. The ARDC has grown to include multiple locations, serving the people in those cities. New Life is also a founding member of the Association of Related Churches (ARC.) The ARC supports church plants across the nation and the world, helping them flourish in their calling and mission.
Pastor Rick and Michelle are passionate about raising up the next generation of leaders. With a dream to equip students to know the Word, New Life partnered with Ouachita Baptist University in 2014 to launch a two-year associate of arts program named OBU at NLC. In addition, New Life began The School of Ministry in 2016 to build up individuals in biblical foundations and theology, as well as teaching individuals to lead in all areas of ministry.
While the vision of New Life may expand, the values of the house will stay the same. Our mission will always be to bring people into God’s Kingdom, seeing our friends and family become fully devo