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Who We Are

Life Church is a non-denomenational church affiliated with Global Legacy. We believe every congregation should be free to pursue God's purpose and specific calling while being submitted to and joined with the greater Body of Christ.
 
 
A Brief History...
Before Life Church was it's name, we were known as Willamette Christian Fellowship, which was originally established and had its first service on October 31, 1982. Mike Herron moved from Portland, Oregon to start the church with his wife, Marsha, and their three children. After renting space for a year, the church purchased an old carpet warehouse on Moyer Lane in West Salem.
 
The church grew rapidly, and there was much work involved in renovating the building to make it a useful facility. As blessing continued, the church searched for a larger property where there would be room for more growth. In August of 1993, the West Salem campus of Salem Academy was purchased.
 
In January of 1995, Don Finley was set in as the senior leader of Willamette Christian Fellowship. Mike and Marsha Herron felt led by the Lord to pursue full-time traveling ministry, and they have continued to minister around the world while staying connected to our church body.
 
In January of 2000, we changed our name from Willamette Christian Fellowship to LIFE CHURCH. The years have brought many changes to the campus: the demolition of the old gymnasium, the building of the parking lot, and multiple renovation projects on the buildings. After 15 years of leasing space for their elementary school, Salem Academy moved out in June of 2009. This change means we occupy the entire campus, which includes 11 acres of property and all the buildings.  
 
We are currently renovating the building that was occupied by the school. It is becoming our Life Training Center. 
By the end of 2014 we opened our Children's Wing, finishing the renovations of the large room and two large classrooms.
 We are very excited for our kids to have ample classroom space and room to learn and grow!
 
The new entry area and Youth Group Loft was opened in April 2017. Coming soon this area will house a coffee shop and provide an area for fellowship and community.