The new life fellowship (NLF) began in a small way in 1983, when the lord Jesus Christ impressed upon pastor V.M. Samuel and his wife, Somey, to move out of Mumbai and pioneer a church in Mangalore in Karnataka. God enabled them to envision a church planting movement throughout Karnataka, which still remains one of the most unreached states in south India.
In 1987, Pastor V.M. Samuel and Somey handed over the churches in Mangalore to Pastor Donald and Winnie Menezes and shifted base to Bangalore to lead the church planting movement of the New Life Fellowship. They continue to serve their Master as the Senior Pastors of the New Life Fellowship Churches, overseeing more than 120 churches in South India & the Middle East.
Pastor V.M. Samuel is of the firm conviction that the church is the answer to the revival of people and the means of reaching out to the unreached. The church planting ministry of the New Life Fellowship continues to progress despite challenges. The Lord has raised up stalwart leaders who have stood firm with Pastor V.M. Samuel in building the kingdom of God. The Lord has also granted him faithful co-workers committed to the leadership and vision of NLF. Together they form a formidable team that is tasked with the vision to establish Bible-based, Spirit-filled, Self-Governing & Self-Supporting Churches with a mandate to “Grow, Go, Give”.