Life Church was planted in September of 2000 by Evangel Assembly of God in Milwaukee. The vision for Life Church was to have a relevant influence in Germantown. That vision became a reality on Sunday, September 17, 2000. Our first service was held in the Germantown High School auditorium with approximately 35 people in attendance. Those 35 people began to pray and reach their community for Christ.
One year later, Life Church leased a 4,000 square foot unit at the Germantown Center (present location) with about 65 people in Sunday morning attendance.
In November of 2002, one hundred people welcomed Pastor Aaron and Tammy Cole to become the new Senior Pastors of Life Church. The church began to grow rapidly, and as a result, Life Church expanded its facilities. Life Church also expanded its ministries and added a second Sunday morning service to continue to allow for the growth of its weekend attendance. By 2005, Life Church added multiple paid staff members, and a third weekend service on Saturday night.
In 2006, Life Church had an incredible opportunity to buy the property that was being leased (present location) for $1.75 million, which was nearly $2.5 million less than the appraised value. Within 2 years, Life Church had expanded its sanctuary to nearly double the size of the previous sanctuary, and opened a 5,000 square foot Student Center.
ONE CHURCH, MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
In November of 2013, Life Church announced the launch of an Appleton campus, which opened in early 2014.
In May 2013, Life Church expanded its current facilities at the Germantown Campus from 17,000 square feet to 42,000 square feet. It’s hard to believe Life Church has now grown to reach over 1500 people on a weekend, and sometimes upwards of 2500 people. Over 2500 people have made decisions for Christ, over 400 people have been water baptized, and millions of dollars have been given to missions since its inception in 2000. God is doing amazing things, and Life Church cannot wait to see what the next chapter in the journey will be.
WHY DO WE EXIST?
Life Church exists to celebrate God’s presence, creatively communicate God’s Word, connect with one another in a sense of community, cultivate a vibrant and growing spiritual life, and commit to reaching the lost.
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO FULFILL OUR EXISTENCE?
Our mission at Life Church is to be a life-giving church within the local community that leads people upward in worship to God, inward in individual commitment and spiritual formation, and outward in evangelism to the community.
upward – inward – outward
HOW DO WE ACCOMPLISH OUR VALUES?
The mission of Life Church is accomplished in, through, and by our values: