It all started over two and a half years ago, as a group of local pastors from diverse churches met to pray together. A discussion about Penn State Abington began, with all of the pastors voicing a desire to see a new gospel presence and loving witness on that campus. Things moved quickly, and a partner was found in the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), a college ministry based in Pittsburgh and expanding to many campuses in the Philadelphia area. Seven churches committed to support the new work, including New Life Glenside, and Spencer Golomb arrived as CCO Campus Minister to Penn State Abington in the fall of 2015.
In October our congregation voted in favor of a plan to bring Mark Moser into leadership of our church in three phases, taking us to a date in 2016 (yet to be determined) when they would vote on whether to call him as lead Pastor (Phase Three).
In 1986 on a Sunday morning, Charles and Janet Morris walked into the gym. They had just moved to the area and were looking for a church. Charles felt he belonged to a church that had soft organ music and stained glass windows, but New Life was closer. He tells his story.
The New Life churches have been just remarkable. At its Glenside 40th anniversary it is with deep gratitude to the Lord that I think back to the special ways in which the Lord blessed us. One very prominent one is in our Jack Miller’s ‘Sonship’ slogan: preach the gospel to yourself. We need to ‘remember’ what Jesus Christ has done for us and in us, otherwise we relapse into self-righteousness and pride in ourselves, or hopeless dreariness, or bored indifference. Our grand calling is to give Jesus all the glory, personally and within our church.
New Life was founded by the vision and drive of a remarkable man of God—Dr. C. John Miller, or as most knew him, Jack. There were many others who came alongside Jack, including Rose Marie, his wife, whom we still think of as the “mother” of our church. But as part of our celebration of our 40th anniversary I want to try and capture something of what compelled Jack forward in a ministry that included the starting of New Life Church and World Harvest Mission (now Serge).