Our Spirit-filled congregation has served the Quad Cities Area since 1931.
Rev. Ruth Cutkomp led the first services from her home, which was located at the northwest corner of 7th and LeClaire Streets in Davenport. Some time later the congregation moved to the storefront pictured below which faced 3rd Street between Gaines and Brown Streets.
In 1943, Rev. Vanderhoff, a lay minister from the congregation, was sent to plant a new church across the river in Moline, Illinois which is yet alive and well.
Meanwhile, the tiny Davenport congregation remained in its storefront location as leadership transferred to Rev. Claude Murphy in 1945. During his tenure the congregation, which had been independent, joined a newly formed Pentecostal denomination. The church's name reflected the affiliation.
Pastor Murphy retired in 1957. Rev. George Tharp, who had recently moved to nearby Muscatine, Iowa after earning a Bachelor of Theology Degree from a Bible College in St. Paul, Minnesota, accepted the pastorate. 18 people attended his first service as pastor on September 1, 1957.
Shortly thereafter the church changed its name to Midway Tabernacle. Services were held in a storefront on West 4th Street. In 1958, the church purchased and moved to the Old Zion Lutheran property, pictured below, at the corner of 8th and Gaines Streets.
In the late 1960s Pastor Tharp and the Midway congregation helped plant a Spanish-speaking church, which currently thrives in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Twenty years later the Midway congregation had outgrown the 8th and Gaines facility. They began a search for property suitable for new church construction. Eventually a 10 acre parcel east of Wisconsin Avenue was purchased at a fraction of its value.
Our current facility was completed in 1978. It was built mostly by church members, some who still attend. On Friday, June 8th, 1990, the church was heavily damaged by a fire that broke out along the southwest corner of the structure. While the building was being repaired services were held two doors down, at Jackson Elementary School.
After leading the church for 42 years, George Tharp retired in 1999. At only 24 years old, Rev. Curtis Fee accepted the pastorate. The name was changed to New Life Christian Church. It began to shift back toward local autonomy. Drawing on Pastor Fee's roots as a foreign missionary, the congregation took on a fresh missions focus. He also served as the Davenport Police Chaplain.
After Rev. Fee resigned in 2015 a former church planter, Rev. Edward Anglin, was ordained to become the 5th pastor in the congregation's stable 84 year history. His vision has led us into a massive debt-free renovation and a formal return to nondenominationalism.
Pastor Edward often says "These are the good old days." The church is at its historical peak with even greater days ahead. In keeping with a renewed passion to connect people to Jesus, the congregation recently assumed the name "LifeBridge Church."