New pastors welcomed as two churches combine to become one

THE former All Nations Church of Woolgoolga held its first service as Lifehouse Church last weekend after merging with the Lifehouse Church in Coffs Harbour.

New pastors husband and wife Tim and Kerith Hagenaar led the service on Sunday morning.

"The existing members of the church have been very welcoming," Mr Hagenaar said.

"We've been very encouraged at how so many people in the community are aware of the changes and they all speak very highly of Pastor Peter, who we've taken on from, and the church in general."

The Hagenaars have been pastors within Lifehouse Church for the past 12 years.

"Most of that time has been in the role of children's pastors, so we've been looking after children and children's services and families," he said.

The church's former pastor, Peter Ainsworth, will stay on the pastoral team of Lifehouse Church at both the Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga locations in a community engagement and chaplaincy role.

"I love our church and community and these changes will see the next generation released into local ministry, as well as our community connection strengthened across the Coffs Coast," Mr Ainsworth said.

"Jennie and I have been privileged and honoured to lead one of our local churches for the past 21 years but it is now time to release and bring on the next generation pastors.

"We will keep serving our community in this new capacity."

Existing All Nations Church services, including the community cafe held on Wednesday evenings, the Friday playgroup and the care shop, will continue under the Lifehouse name.

The decision to unite the two churches as one church with a Coffs Harbour campus and a Northern Beaches campus was made by senior pastors and leadership teams of both the Lifehouse and All Nations churches.

For more information on the merger phone the Lifehouse Church office on 6654 1788 or visit them at Landrigan Cl, Woolgoolga.

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