WHO WE ARE
Welcome to New Life Fellowship, where we believe in the power of faith and community. Our non-denominational church is committed to edification through the teaching of Scripture, unity of fellowship, praise and worship, entreating God in prayer, and evangelizing to our community. We strive to create an environment where individuals can grow in their faith and connect with others who share their beliefs. Join us on this journey of faith and experience the power of community.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We are an Evangelical, Bible based Church that believes:
The Bible is the infallible Word of God and the only rule of faith for all mankind.
There is only one God who exists as the Holy Trinity manifested in three distinct persons; the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is God’s Son who came as a man to both show us the way to the Father, and to die for our sins.
After dying on the cross Jesus was raised to life by God the Father on the third day.
All people are born in a state of sin and can only be forgiven through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Those who place their faith in Christ receive both the gift of eternal life and the Holy Spirit in their life today.
Heaven and Hell are eternal realities. Those who reject the gift of eternal life and salvation through Jesus Christ will spend eternity separated from God. While those who have received Christ’s forgiveness for our sin shall dwell with Him for eternity in Heaven with all the saints who have accepted the gift of His amazing grace.
Marriage is the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman as defined by creation and biblical revelation. Such union involves a lifelong covenant for the purpose of intimate companionship, sexual expression, joy, and procreation of the human race.
As part of God’s good created order, men and women are to have different yet complementary roles and responsibilities in the home and church. As it relates to the church, men and women are both expected to lead; however, the office of elder and deacon is reserved for qualified men.
PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY
Our philosophy of ministry speaks first to the chief end of mankind, moving then to the
overarching call of the New Testament Church, the manner by which that call is carried
out, and finally the results of obedience expressed in the life of the local church.
Glorify God in all things.
(1 Cor. 10:31; 1 Pet. 2:11-12; 4:10-11; 4:16-19; cf. John 21:18-19; Matt. 5:14-16; Rom. 2:6-11;
15:1-13; 1 Cor. 6:19- 20; 2 Cor. 9:6-15; Gal. 1:18-24; 2 Thess. 1:11-12; 3:1)
…appearing in the…
Commandments informing Commission impacting Culture.
(Matt. 22:37-40; John 8:31; 13:34-35; 15:1-17; Matt. 28:18-20;
Acts 14:21-23; 1 Pet. 3:13-17; Rom. 13:8-10)
…accomplished through a…
Expand, Equip, Entrust
(Col. 1:28; Eph. 4:11-16; 2 Tim. 2:1-2; cf. 1 Tim. 3:1-16;
5:17-25; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Pet. 5:1-4)
Edify, Ecclesia, Exalt, Entreat
(Acts 2:41-47; 11:19-30; Jude 3)
Kip is the Senior Pastor of New Life Fellowship in Lynden, Washington, and a chaplain for the Whatcom County Sheriff. In 2009 Kip retired from the military after 28 years of service as an Army active duty colonel, intelligence officer, and Foreign Area Officer (Russia/Eastern Europe; Balkans; Northeast Asia).
An experienced pastor, Kip has both a Master of Divinity degree and a PhD in Biblical Studies. He also has a Bachelors degree in Journalism and a Masters degree in Soviet and East European Studies from Kansas University.
Kip combines his military service experience as a senior officer, former U.S. Military Academy (West Point) instructor, and intelligence professional with his desire to equip and encourage others in their walk with Christ.
Kip and Linda have been married more than 30 years. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.
The church secretary serves as a vital linchpin in the day-to-day operations of our congregation, ensuring that administrative tasks are managed efficiently and effectively.
With responsibilities ranging from managing communication with church members and coordinating events, to maintaining church records and handling correspondence, the secretary provides indispensable support to the pastoral team and the broader church community.
Their role often extends beyond mere clerical tasks; they are a welcoming face to visitors, a source of information for members, and a touchpoint for anyone reaching out to the church.
We believe Scripture reveals the leadership of the local church should take place among a plurality of individuals fostering an environment of mutual submission and accountability.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I wear on Sunday morning?There is no dress code here at New Life Fellowship. When you come to one of our worship services you will notice people wearing mostly casual or comfortable outfits. Whether you want to dress up, or just be comfy, you will be welcomed here. While we do ask that you dress modestly, we really don’t care what you wear – we’re just glad you choose to come by.
Do you provide child care during the service?Yes! Children under 3 years old are welcome to come to our Nursery. Children from 3 years old to 6th grade can participate in the worship service until the sermon when they are dismissed to go to Children’s Church. If you would rather they stayed with you during the sermon you may certainly keep them with you.
Do I have to be a Christian to come?No, of course not. We welcome anyone who is interested in finding out more about our faith and to join us in any of our activities.
What is your church’s music style?We play both modern worship and some traditional hymns every now and then. The music is very eclectic here at New Life and can be different from week to week.
What kind of sermons does the pastor preach?All sermons are centered on the teachings of the Bible and a typical sermon lasts around 30 minutes. We strive to make the ancient teachings of scripture understandable to the modern person regardless of how familiar with the Bible they are. If you’ve been studying the Bible your whole life or have never stepped foot in a church, you will most likely learn something and be challenged by the scriptures throughout the sermon. We encourage you to ask questions you may have about the Bible or topics brought up in any of our sermons.
What kind of Church are you?We are: Non-denominational Which means we are not officially affiliated with any other church Evangelical Which means we are centered around the Evangel or the message of Christ. We believe Jesus is God who came as a man to die for our sins so that we may be forgiven and restored to a proper relationship with God. Bible Based The Bible is our guide on which we center everything around because it is the Word of God. Inter-generational Our youngest members haven’t had their first birthday yet and our oldest members are in their 90’s. We seek to be a place where people of all ages can come together as one family.
What is your theological background?As stated in another question, we are a Non-denominational Evangelical Church. We embrace all Christians from many theological backgrounds. We are not exclusively Arminianist, Calvinist, Reformed, Charismatic, Baptist, Dispensational, etc., etc. So long as a person believes in the Bible, the Trinity, and the Sacrifice of Christ for our sins, they can be a member of our church.