New Life Fellowship | Topeka, IN


To grow in an ever-increasing companionship with Jesus as Lord.


To forge faithful followers of Jesus.

Our History

May 4, 2004
Idea of Planting a New Church

After much prayer and consideration regarding the need for a church in the community that would be different, an email was sent to Nappanee Missionary Church (NMC). The email asked if had ever considered planting a church in the Topeka area.

May 14, 2004
Email Response
Pastor Dave Engbrecht Responds

NMC Pastor Dave Engbrecht responded to the email saying he would like to sit down and discuss planting a new church in LaGrange county. 

June 24, 2004

After several prayer meetings, the "Core Group" sense God calling them to move forward on planting a new church.

July 28, 2004
First Meeting
First Public Meeting

The first public meeting was held in the basement of People's Federal Bank (now Farmer's State Bank) in Topeka under the name "West LaGrange Ministries". They continued meeting weekly on Wednesday nights.

October 2004
Need to Grow
Request for New Location

Soon, space was reaching full capacity at the bank. Request to use Meadowview Elementary School for Sunday Morning services was submitted. 

January 16, 2005
New Location
First Service at the School

First Sunday morning service was held in the cafeteria at Meadowview Elementary School. 

December 2006
Financial Campaign
New Place, New Life, Just Imagine

As part of a financial campaign, sixty New Life Fellowship leaders committed over $700,000 to launch "New Place, New Life, Just Imagine".

April 2007
New Pledge
New Financial Pledged

$1,012,490.30 is pledged over three years for a new building

March 16, 2008
New Official Building
First Service in NLF Building

NLF had its first Sunday service in its current home located on State Road 5 (3.5 miles south of intersection US 20 and St Rd 5 in Shipshewanna).

October 2021
Debt Free
Debt Free

In October 2021, NLF paid off the remaining debt on the building becoming officially debt free of the building project cost of the late 2000s.

Watch the celebration Sunday here!

New Life Fellowship is a partner church with Nappanee Missionary Church.