Our Story


Stephen and Nancy Boyce
Senior Pastors of New Life

The Beginning

Founded in 1988 by Pastors Stephen and Nancy Boyce, New Life Worship Center began as a tiny storefront chapel located behind Little Rhody’s A&W Root Beer Restaurant on Route 44 in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Over the last two decades, it is largely evident that our Church history has been in step with the blessings of God. Under the dynamic leadership of just six adults, with their three children, New Life has since developed into a vibrant congregation.

God's Providence

To accommodate an increasing Christian community in the New England region, New Life has responded by expanding its facilities on several occasions. At the first storefront facility, the 800-square-foot building was zoned to allow a seating capacity of only 40 persons. In a few short months’ time, the congregation realized that a larger space was needed due to its well-attended services and ministry involvement, and just six months later, another expansion took place. In the fall of 1990, renovations began on a 9500-square-foot warehouse located on Lark Industrial Parkway in Smithfield, and in February of 1991, New Life was able to move into a new sanctuary.

God Is Faithful

In His faithfulness, God continues to grow New Life in miraculous ways:

  •  December 1993 – purchased 40 acres in Smithfield, RI located immediately off Interstate 295, minutes from Providence.
  •  April 1996 – ceremoniously broke ground with the majority of the work completed by the men and women of our church.
  •  June 1997 – the new state-of-the-art facility was completed and became our main church location for a number of years.

Today, we have 4 locations: Smithfield, RI, East Greenwich, RI, Fall River, MA and New Bedford, MA where people of all backgrounds and experiences have linked arms to build the local church, serve the community, and see themselves and their families transformed by God’s power and unconditional love.

Easter At The Dunk

Sunday, April 1st, 2018 thousands gathered to worship together and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI! We will never be the same.

Another of New Life’s core values is to train the next generation of church leaders. God has done the miraculous in this area as well. Our annual Awakening Youth Conference, featuring world class speakers and leaders, now takes place in the Dunkin Donuts Arena in downtown Providence, with over 6,000 in attendance. In September of 2013, New Life launched Awakening Leadership Center with students attending from all over the US to become trained in Biblical Studies and Ministry Arts for work in their local churches. We look ahead with great expectancy of what more God will do!