New Book: Out In Front

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New Life Books is proud to present the latest offering from Senior Pastor Kirk Gilchrist:

Out In Front

A Challenging Look At Successfully Leading The Local Church

There are few more demanding jobs in the world than leading a local Christian church. From the spiritual pressures of preaching doctrinally sound messages and casting clear vision for a well-discipled congregation, to the social strains of battling conflicting opinions and trying to appease influential minorities, few people carry more weight than pastors.

In his new book, Out In Front, Pastor Kirk Gilchrist takes a no-nonsense look at what the Bible defines as successful guidance of the local church, and goes to new lengths to encourage church leaders in their pursuit of God-honoring leadership practices. 

Out In Front offers time-tested advice on establishing a healthy atmosphere in the office and cultivating a strict open-air policy that breeds trust and security among staff and volunteers alike. But more than managerial wisdom, the book is unapologetic about confronting frequent statements heard within church circles that, while sounding spiritual, actually run incongruently with Biblical mandates, and ultimately inhibit growth within the church. 

Be empowered to lead boldly while living kindly. Cast a true kingdom vision that outlasts your lifetime. And dare to confront the religious snares of the enemy that have robbed many churches from being influential. 

Learn to lead Out In Front.



Cherished Conference 2014: My Story

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Join us this October 24th and 25th for our annual Cherished Woman’s Conference, and listen to the Father’s voice declare your story. Be inspired to walk boldly in every chapter of your life, unafraid to turn the next page and embrace all that God has for you as his daughter.

Special guest speakers include Susan Thomas (Dallas, TX) and Kim Trobee (Colorado Springs, CO), who’s powerful testimonies and encouraging words will inspire you to let God craft and mold the story he wants for you life.

October 24th-25th
Friday 7:00-9:00 PM and Saturday 9:00-5:00 PM

$15 for Friday only / $25 for both days

Lunch buffet included for additional $3.99; paid on-site
Ages 13 and up; adult topics covered.

New Life Christian Church
255 Gaffney Dr.
Watertown, NY 13601
(315) 788-0825

Legacy Series

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What does it mean to leave a legacy? Better still, how do we go about living a life that will impact generations after us? These are the questions that we as clear-minded Christians should be asking and answering as we look toward the future.

Join us this month as we study what it takes to leave a lasting mark on culture, whether that of your own household or of a nation, and learn what God is asking of us corporately as desire to see him move in our day.


Legacy Conference

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“Generation to generation they will tell your works and they will show your heroism!”
Psalm 145:4 (ABPE)

This fall, Christians will gather as young and old alike to collectively seek God’s heart for the future. In such a crucial season of world history, it’s imperative that we assemble ourselves as the Body of Christ to learn and receive from fathers and mothers of the faith who’ve walked consistently with God for decades. Legacy is that chance.



• Three days of teaching and preaching of Pastor Tommy Reid,
Dr. Sylvia Evans, Michael Tyrrell, Pastor Kirk Gilchrist and
Pastor Peter Hopper.

• Worship with New Zealand worship band The Ember Days.


We believe God’s favor increases on our lives when we take up issues which delight his heart. From worshipping together across generational lines to preparing a corporate inheritance for the generation we’ll never meet, we’re called to be about our Father’s business and build the Body of Christ.


Early Bird Registration: $20.00 (before September 15th)
Pre Registration: $25.00 (before September 25th)
Registration: $30.00 (event doors)


Friday, September 26
// Main Session: 7:00 PM
Pastor Tommy Reid / The Ember Days

Saturday, September 27
// Main Session: 10:00 AM
Pastor Tommy Reid / The Ember Days
// Breakout Sessions: 2:00 PM
Dr. Sylvia Evans / Michael Tyrrell / Pastor Peter Hopper
// Main Session: 7:00 PM
Pastor Kirk Gilchrist / The Ember Days

Sunday, September 28
// Main Campus Services: 8:30, 9:45, 11:15, 12:30 PM
Michael Tyrrell / The Ember Days
// North Campus Service: 10:00 AM
Dr. Sylvia Evans / New Life Worship

KidsFest 2014: The Great Adventure

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The Great Adventure is a wondrous tale of a Hobbit whose life is constantly challenged by both good and bad decisions. Each day, Daisy Baggins is enticed by outside influences to make bad choices. However, along the journey Daisy encounters wise guides and the words of Scripture that help her choose the correct path.

Your children are invited to experience this marvelous adventure along with Daisy, and see how her life is transformed by the power of God-influenced choices. The Great Adventure features live music, theatre, video and games for children ages 4-12 years old, and runs the week of July 28th to August 1st, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at New Life Main Campus. There is no cost, and you can register your kids by calling our main office at (315) 788-0825.

Let the adventure begin!

Press Release: Narnia Comes To Watertown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Douglas Gresham, best known as the executive producer of the blockbuster Narnia films, is in Watertown for the next week overseeing the production of his newest venture, this time in the record business.

Stepson of the late Christian writer and thinker C.S. Lewis, Gresham has partnered with New Life Christian Church’s new record lable and recording studio, Sprig Music, to produce a full-length album for singer/songwriter Meg Sutherland. Sutherland was signed to Sprig Music earlier this spring, making her the newest member of the record company’s roster, and the first to track in the recently completed flagship studio.

“Watertown was the right fit for us,” says Gresham by interview from his home on the island of Malta. “We couldn’t have asked for a better place or better people to work with. New Life and everyone at Sprig are exceptional.”

Sutherland’s debut album includes twelve original songs in the style of what many are calling “cinematic indie.” Hailing from Clovis, NM, Sutherland is a piano performance major at West Texas A&M, and first caught Gresham’s attention at age 14 when her father sent Gresham a home recording entitled Real, written for the book and resulting movie Voyage Of The Dawn Treader.

“While we weren’t able to use the song at the time, I knew this girl had something special and needed to be heard,” says Gresham. That’s when he turned to producer Christopher Hopper.

“The first time Doug played me Meg’s demos,” says Hopper, “I was struck by how the innocence of her voice conflicted with lyrics written by a much older soul. I knew I wanted in.”

And Sutherland’s music certainly delivers. From expressing the deep-delving human emotions surrounding dysfunctional home life on How To Love, to the triumphant anthems of discovering the beauty all around us on the light hearted track Show You, Sutherland’s body of work is more movie than it is pop. Which is most likely why it first caught the ear of the Narnia movies’ executive producer to begin with.

“This is a very grand adventure for me,” says Sutherland. “My hope is that the people that need to hear this music will get to hear it. I’m extremely blessed to be here.”

While the sessions are attracting professional studio musicians from Rochester, NY and even Minneapolis, MN, the north country is seeing some of its own talent step into the limelight too. Singer Anna Fahey of Depauville will be providing many of the background vocals to compliment Sutherland’s voice, and trumpet player Costa Deir of Watertown will add brass. Electric bassist Jake Desormo, also of Watertown, was hired because of his “phenomenal natural abilities” says Hopper. “He’s a natural-born musician. It’s in his blood.”

Sprig Studios is the product of veteran studio designer, engineer and producer Peter Hopper, Christopher’s father, and stands as his sixth studio design. While the studio hasn’t had its official grand opening yet, Hopper senior notes this project is the perfect way to kick things off. “It’s a privilege for us to steward Meg’s music and these performances,” says Hopper. “We’re just so honored to be doing what we love with such exceptional people.”

Sutherland’s album is slated to be released this fall under Sprig Music.

Tracking in Sprig Studios begins Thursday, June 5th and runs through Friday, June 13th. Press interviews and on-location shooting by appointment. Please contact Rebekah Berthet at (315) 788-0825.

World Changers (Series)


This summer, prepare to engage with changing the world around you like never before. The stories will be unforgettable. The opportunities will be unprecedented. And the impact will be unrivaled.

In the midst of changing the lives of others, you’ll find your own life may be the one changed the most.

TRIUMPH (Spring Series)

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We’re all looking for hope. A place to belong, a way to heal, a person to love us—a way to escape the depression and fear that inhabit death.

We believe there is only one way to lasting joy, and that’s through having a relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. He alone has provided us a way to escape the fear of death, having conquered the grave with his resurrection. And he alone has empowered those who call upon him a way to live victorious in life by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

This spring, learn what it means to triumph over the enemies of your soul, and release life into areas of darkness around you. Bring light. Bring hope. Bring Jesus.

Redline 2014

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Redline 2014: Teen and College Conference

Join us for New Life’s annual teen and college conference April 25-27. We are excited to welcome Matthew Barnett this year as our keynote speaker. His passion to serve Christ in a radical way will inspire teens and adults to change their schools, neighborhoods, and even cities for Christ. Brothers McClurg will return for another year of leading worship alongside our very own, Christopher & Jennifer Hopper. Other speakers include Nate Cronk (The Father’s House, Rochester, NY), Sarah Matteson (Faith Fellowship, Watertown, NY) and Pastor Joseph Gilchrist (New Life).

Find out more and register today.

Military Appreciation Days at CiCi’s and Cold Stone

Liberty Steele smiles at her mother while getting a Hello Kitty sparkle tattoo in CiCi's Pizza during the Military Appreciation Event. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

Liberty Steele smiles at her mother while getting a Hello Kitty sparkle tattoo in CiCi’s Pizza during the Military Appreciation Event. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

Soldiers and the families fill CiCi's Pizza in Watertown's Stateway Plaza for the Military Appreciation Event. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

Soldiers and the families fill CiCi’s Pizza in Watertown’s Stateway Plaza for the Military Appreciation Event. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

WATERTOWN, NY - “Overwhelming” is how CiCi’s Pizza General Manager, Joel Berthet, describes the initial hours of the restaurant’s Military Appreciation event, happening today and tomorrow (Feb. 10 and 11) at the franchise’s Stateway Plaza location. All soldiers, both active duty and retired, as well as their family members, eat and drink for free at both CiCi’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery. “We’re so excited to see this many soldiers and their families come out,” says Berthet, working to keep the buffet stocked with fresh pizzas.

Jennifer Sewell from Houston, TX arrived early with her children to take part. “We’ve gone through multiple deployments,” says Sewell, “and my husband is currently deployed, so it’s the little things like this that keep you going. It’s so helpful to not have to do this on your own; that’s what this kind of event does.”

Elly and Beaux Sewell pose after getting their faces painted, provided by Brushstrokes by Melina. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

Elly and Beaux Sewell pose after getting their faces painted, provided by Brushstrokes by Melina. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

“Today’s food was provided by a number of area businesses that share our love for our troops,” says co-owner, Christopher Hopper, as he moves between tables, clearing dishes and shaking hands. The list includes Page Fitness, Lake Ontario Realty, Barden Homes, SpringDrive, Brushstrokes by Melina, New Life Christian Church, JAM School of Music, Nina Hopper Vocal Studios, and Forté Management Group (Homes and Property). “We’re asking everyone to patron these companies and pass it on,” says Hopper.

Soldier Eddie Rosario, originally from Ohio, brought his daughter to enjoy the food and free face painting on his day off. Encouraged by her to get something scary, he did just that, choosing the Punisher’s iconic skull motif. “This is really cool,” says Rosario. “My wife’s happy, my daughter’s happy, our friends are happy, we just love it.”

Eddie "The Punisher" Rosario sports some Cold Stone ice cream. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

Eddie “The Punisher” Rosario sports some Cold Stone ice cream. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

“These restaurants are taking the time to really appreciate what the military does and who we are,” says US Army Specialist David Waters, who was so encouraged by all the generosity that he spontaneously joined other volunteers to bus tables. “Some of us work behind the lines, others out in front. But a day like this says, ‘You’re all important to us.'”

To participate, military personnel need only to arrive in uniform or present proof of service. For more information, visit, or stop in at either store in Stateway Plaza, 1222 Arsenal St., Watertown, NY. Phone: (315) 681-6061.



GM Joel Berthet places new pizzas on the buffet at CiCi's Pizza for the restaurant's Military Appreciation Event. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

GM Joel Berthet places new pizzas on the buffet at CiCi’s Pizza for the restaurant’s Military Appreciation Event. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.