FOLEY – New Life Church in Foley is no stranger to increasing space needs. Ever since the church obtained its charter in May 2001 to plant a church in Foley, it has outgrown every space it has inhabited: a building in downtown, a space rented from Foley Public Schools and the very building the church operates from today.
Even after holding its first church service Dec. 22, 2015, in the current 16,000 square foot space, leaders at New Life Church knew it was not going to be enough. So, they made plans for five phases of expansion, and June 4, the church broke ground on phase three – an 8,200 square foot addition geared for elementary-age children.
Not only is it a sign that the church is thriving, the Rev. Jim VonWald said, co-pastor at New Life, but it is also a sign that it will thrive for generations to come. The current phase of the expansion – a $1.2 million construction project with funds donated by the congregation – is to open more space for the 500 children and youth, from early childhood to teenagers, that call New Life their church home on Wednesday nights.