New Life Church was born out of a dream to serve the community of Meriden. Will and Ann Marotti began planning the church with three others on a Wednesday evening in February 1999. The group met in their home on Easter Sunday 1999 for the first time as New Life Church. The core group had grown to nine people when God gave them the opportunity to renovate and move into a six thousand square foot building formally used as a pharmacy. The small group opened for public service on December 19, 1999. Since that time, the church has grown and God has added many new friends.
The first anniversary service was attended by 176 people! The vision for New Life Church is to truly be a community ministry center!
After six years of consistent growth, God opened the door for a merger with two other churches, both of which broadened the ministry impact of New Life in significant ways. First, God led The First Hispanic Baptist Church of Meriden to unite with New Life Church. This gave New Life a Spanish Language outreach in a city with the fastest growing Hispanic population in CT. Next, Calvary Baptist Church, felt led to merge with New Life as well. Calvary's strength in ministry and spiritual gifts discovery would help us prepare for the future. The merger with Calvary also offered New Life Church additional property (with great highway access) on which to expand by adding a primary ministry center on 262 Bee St. in Meriden. On December 24, 2009, as a part of the churches 10th anniversary celebration, New Life held their annual Christmas Eve Service at the Oakdale Music Theater in Wallingford, CT. It was an incredible night to remember with over 1,200 in attendance!
Will has served as an associate pastor, volunteer hospital chaplain, northeast Director of Evangelism Explosion and presently serves on Mission Meriden, is the former state coordinator for the National Day of Prayer in Connecticut, a member of the Greater Meriden Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis International. Will is also the co-host of Church and State, heard weekdays from 3-6 PM on WTIC 1080 AM and www.WTIC.com
As co-founder, Ann serves in a number of ministries and is the Women's Ministry Coordinator, while being a full-time wife and mother. Will and Ann have been married since 1988 and have two children, Andrea and William. The family plans to live and minister in Meriden/Wallingford area for the rest of their lives.