Learn more about the history of Life Church Timaru.

It all started back in 1960...

Following an evangelistic crusade held in Timaru by visiting American evangelist Alvin S. Worley in 1960 the decision was made to form a local church in Timaru. There were over 600 people who recorded their decision to become committed followers of Jesus Christ during this time.

While many joined or continued as members of other churches in Timaru there were others who had no church home. The Christian Fellowship Mission, as it was then known, began holding Sunday services in Timaru’s Main School hall.

The fledgling church grew and eventually purchased its own premises at 7 Elizabeth Street. With continued growth in numbers a site was purchased in Morgans Road and a new home for the church was opened in 1980 and is still home to Life Church Timaru today.

Those who have served the church as Lead Pastors are:

David Jackson 1962-1972

Rob Pullar 1972-1983

Bryan Rapsey 1983-1984

David Jackson 1984-1986

Steve Blackmore 1986-1989

Glen Manly 1989-1994

Rick Sutcliffe 1996

Gordon Rosewall 1997 - 2022

Martin Winterson 2022 -