History of the Church
The history of New Life International Church goes back many years. In the early 1980’s Pastor Rande Loucks and his wife Sylvia established the Christian Servicemen’s Center, an outreach to the U.S. soldiers and their families that were stationed here during the Pershing Missile era. It was during this time that the small beginnings of an International Church were starting to develop. Even though the services were entirely in the English language, many Germans, Iranians, and other nationalities began to attend. From 1984-1987, the church met in the Parlerstr.12 in Schwäbisch Gmünd and from 1987-1991 in Kapuzinergasse 4, in Schwäbisch Gmünd.
In order to minister to the specific needs of the German speaking people, a German church was started in 1987. Pastor Jerry Lillard was appointed as the pastor of what was named the “Christliche Mission”. The “Christliche Mission” met at the Buchhof on the eastern outskirts of Schwäbisch Gmünd.
In 1991 when the U.S. Army closed both of the bases in Schwäbisch-Gmünd, the Christian Serviceman’s Center closed its doors and the Loucks were assigned to two other churches in Rheinland Pfalz.
In 1993 the Loucks heard God tell them to move back to Schwäbisch Gmünd and to continue the work there. A new church called “Oase Gemeinde Gottes” which met in the Zapp building at Stuttgarter Str. 3 in Schwäbisch Gmünd was established.
In 1995 Pastor Lillard of the “Christliche Mission” received a call to go to the Czech Republic as a missionary. Eventually the “Christliche Mission” and the “Oase” merged together to form one new church that was named Internationale Gemeinde Gottes – “Neues Leben”. The newly merged church relocated to the Uni-Park in Schwäbisch Gmünd, and was there from 1998-2003.
The church was renamed in 2016 “New Life International Church” and has been located in the Szekesfehérvárer Str. 10 since 2003.