About us

New Life is located in the heart of Dennis Port on Cape Cod, MA. Part of our vision is to see our communities impacted by God's goodness and presence not only through us encountering Him, but the community encountering Him through us. We love God and we love people. 

New Life is a teaching and equipping ministry. We pursue the heart of God by radically pursuing His presence not just through worship and teaching, but as a lifestyle. It's the revelation of His goodness that brings about ultimate transformation. 


Dr. Stephen & Dalene Russell 

Stephen and Dalene hail from South Africa and assumed the leadership at New Life in 2002. 


They met 37 years ago whilst serving on the mission fields of Mozambique. They pioneered a church and Christian school in northeastern South Africa and travelled throughout Africa teaching and training through various events. Together, their heart is to see the Church manifesting the full measure of Christ's Body in purity, presence and power. They see Christ's Body first and foremost as a family and household of faith and are committed to train and equip believers to advance the Kingdom in every sphere of influence.  

Stephen holds a Doctorate in Theology.

Tom & Alison Burton
Leadership Team
Janet Turner 
Leadership Team
Casey and Lisa Hodges
Leadership Team


New Life enjoys close relationships with church leaders on Cape Cod based on the belief that when we work together as the larger family we'll see God move on Cape Cod.


One of the ways we do this is to participate in prayer meetings held monthly at alternating churches. The meetings are organized by a Cape-wide prayer ministry, the Glory of God on Cape Cod. Since these combined meetings have started we've seen the greater church on the Cape walk more in unity than ever before. New Life serves on the leadership of this ministry.

New Life enjoys fellowship on a monthly basis with other church leaders through the Evangelical Ministers Fellowship of Cod and the Islands (EMF). 


New Life is also a part of Global Awakening's network of churches and ministries led by Dr Randy Clark. Global Awakening in turn forms part of the Revival Alliance which include ministries led by Bill Johnson, Drs Rolland and Heidi Baker, Che Ahn and John and Carol Arnot. Stephen serves as one of Global's LifeNet leaders. 


Stephen and Dalene are also affiliated with Bethel Leaders Network (BLN) out of Bethel Church in Redding CA. BLN's goal is to connect, encourage, and empower leaders to live out Kingdom culture and see Heaven transform their homes, spheres and regions.

Find out more about GoG, Global Awakening and Bethel Leaders Network. 



of faith



In one God and three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit;


 In God, the Father who loves the world, who is concerned and involved with humanity and who is working all things after the counsel of His will.


In God, the Son, who is the only begotten Son of God, who is the way, the truth and the life–the only Savior of the world and who died for the sins of humanity. He was resurrected from the dead, will judge the living and the dead and will return to the earth.


In God, the Holy Spirit, who indwells believers, evidenced by the fruit of the spirit, who baptizes the believer evidenced by power, who gives spiritual gifts to believers and who works in the hearts of believers, leading and causing them to please God.




That humanity is under the reign of sin and death, and therefore, needs a Savior;


That salvation is a free gift of God, given to those who believe in Jesus Christ;


That the righteous and the unrighteous will be resurrected from the dead to be judged: those who believe will be rewarded with eternal happiness in the presence of God and those who reject Jesus will be condemned to hell.


That Jesus is building His Church, which is made of all people who believe in Jesus Christ over which the gates of hades will not prevail and which shall continue maturing until it is brought into fullness.


In the kingdom of God which was established when Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father, of which all believers in Jesus are citizens. We believe the Kingdom of God can be experienced today and is growing in the earth, like seeds in soil, which will grow until it fills the earth, which will be brought in full power when Jesus returns to the earth.


That the Old and New Testaments were written by men and inspired by God.