ALIVE church began life on 12th January 2014, however this was not the beginning of the story.
The story actually began 30 years ago when in 1983 two churches in Lincoln came together to form New Life Christian Fellowship. These two churches were ‘Evangel Church’, an Assemblies of God church under the leadership of John Shelbourne and John Phillips, and ‘Lincoln Free Church’ which was under the leadership of Stuart Bell. The newly formed church benefited from the background of both churches and found a new identity with a vision to reach the city and region.
For many years New Life Lincoln grew in size and influence both locally and nationally. In 2007 we decided to launch our first location outside of Lincoln in Grantham. Since then we have seen other locations planted in Scunthorpe, Hykeham, Norwich and Wymondham with out latest in Newark.
We are proud of our history and all that God has done in and through us, but we are even more excited about our future as we make the declaration in our region that we are ALIVE.
We are a local church meeting in a number of different locations. Currently we have locations of ALIVE in Lincoln, Newark, Scunthorpe, Grantham, Hykeham, Wymondham and Norwich. Believing that the local church is the hope of the world, we have a vision to plant many more locations in the near future.
Faith / Relationships / Worship / Prayer
Evangelism / Discipleship / Generosity
Inclusion / Excellence
Stuart and Irene Bell are the Senior Pastors of ALIVE, having led the church for over 30 years. Their primary responsibility is to set the vision and values of the church, to oversee their implementation and outworking and to set a teaching programme that promotes and inspires the same within the whole church. They also lead the leadership forums and take responsibility for the emergence of new leaders.
Paul Blundell oversees pastoral care, training and discipleship for ALIVE. Paul dedicates his life to seeing others realise and reach the potential God has given them. He is passionate about seeing the local church be all that it can be, equipped and empowered to see the Kingdom of God come in all its glory. Paul is married with 2 wonderful children, loves sport, real ale and life!
Howard Williams oversees the creative teams across ALIVE church. These include the worship, technical and production teams. Howard's passions in life are Jesus, the local church, life, music and all things media related. Howard is married to Claire and they have 2 sons, with another due in July.
Mark Hutton is responsible for Mission and Locations. He is passionate about The Church at ALIVE, within the Ground Level network and also inter-church relationships and function locally, nationally and internationally. His desire is to be a facilitator, encourager and to share his faith in a relevant manner seeing many find and enjoy their personal faith in God.
Phil, who along with Johanna, are Location Pastors for ALIVE Norwich, have pioneered churches and on the journey have been involved in just about every aspect of church, especially enjoying preaching. Phil has a calling that serves the wider church in the city of Norwich and the region of East Anglia, but his desire is also to see the Church flourish nationally. He is a director of Ground Level, facilitating the Anglia Connection and part of Partners for Influence too, a national grouping of apostolic church leaders. Phil and Johanna have two sons, Jono and Ben.
Serving alongside Stuart and Irene are the Vision Core Team. The team has the responsibility for the spiritual oversight of the church. They are the decision making group in respect of the theology, values and philosophy of the church.
Registered Charity No: 1140435. Registered Company No: 7494717. A company limited by guarantee having no share capital. A member of the Evangelical Alliance. Part of the Groundlevel Network of churches.