WHY WE EXIST

Our vertical relationship with our Lord and Savior is the stimulus and means of developing thriving horizontal relationships with our fellow man. We believe that it is by Reaching Up, Reaching Out and Reaching In that will have have maximum impact on our community and world at large. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, the ministry of Christian Life Center exists to Reach YOU. 


REACH UP

The Bible is our blueprint for how we should live our lives. We believe that we exist to glorify God and as such we endeavor to be a Spirit-led church seeking after the heart of God by Reaching Up to Him through praise, worship and prayer. 

REACH OUT

Following the example set by the First Century church, we understand that we are the church and that our mission is to go beyond our four walls to Reach Out and share the love of God and the Gospel with our friends, families and communitites.    

REACH IN

We feel that engaging in fellowship is a very important tool that God calls for us to use as often as possible. As such, we prioritize Life Groups and providing organic opportunities to Reach In to strengthen and develop the body of believers.

OUR STORY

Christian Life Center is a ministry built on faith and trust in God. We are honored to be able to share over 40 years of our history with you. 


Christian Life Center was founded in 1974, by Ron and Linda Libby, when it was known as the First United Pentecostal Church of Rockville. The congregation met in the "little white church," which is still standing today. Our first church had no running water and a homemade baptismal tank (although we usually used the creek for baptisms). Humble beginnings were marked by a hunger and passion for the people of Montgomery County, MD and beyond to experience the saving power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Soon afterward, the church bought the property next door and began a building program. In the meantime, the congregation left the old white church and began meeting at the Casey Barns Community Center in Gaithersburg, Md., for services. We would walk around the new property, where the building would stand someday, and believed for the Lord's blessings. During this time, we also held brush arbor meetings and tent revivals, with various ministers such as Bro. Bob McCool, Bro. Terry McIntyre, Bro. Michael Mangold, Bro. Charles Mahaney, and many other anointed men of God.


When construction began and the shape of the new facility began to emerge, prayer meetings were held every Tuesday night in the makeshift building. The congregation cleared most of the land and took part in most of the building construction.


During one meeting at Casey Barns, fire apparently was seen coming from the roof of the building. The fire department was called many times by surrounding neighbors. The service was interrupted by the fire department going up on top of the roof and looking around to try to find the fire. However, the only fire that was burning on the roof was the Holy Ghost fire! The firefighters were confused that day, but we knew what was going on! The Holy Ghost fire was there in abundance! 

Finally, the new church building was finished. During this time, our church was blessed with a major amount of land for a greatly reduced price. God had met yet another need! After a few years in the first building, a second building was needed to accommodate our growing church. That second building was built, and the first building was converted into a fellowship hall. Also at this time, the church changed its name to Christian Life Center, and a new work in Silver Spring, MD, was started under the direction of Bro. Steve Heintze.

 

After spending a fair amount of time in the second building, a third building was constructed. In early 2005 it became clear that we were in need of a larger building and more class room space to accommodate our growing congregation. Realizing that we could not build any more buildings on our current property. We began the search for new property. God blessed and new property was located in Ijamsville, MD. In early 2007 Christian Life Center launched a capital campaign to raise money for the purchase of the new property. Christian Life Center continued to use the third sanctuary until February 2012. We closed on the sale of our property at 11800 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg, MD on Tuesday, February 28th. In early February 2012, Christian Life Center began having service at our interim site, Damascus High School. During this period of transition, Christian Life Center service held midweek services at five (5) locations, Bethesda, Frederick, Germantown, Gaithersburg, and Hagerstown. We held a groundbreaking ceremony at our new property on Sunday, March 18, 2012.

 

We held a groundbreaking ceremony at our new property on Sunday, March 18, 2012 and our first service on Sunday, August 4th 2013. On that same day, we also had our first Sunday evening service since leaving Darnestown Rd. God is doing great things and our congregation continues to grow and reach out to those in our area and thanks to the Internet, across the world.

COME EXPERIENCE JESUS

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

SEAN LIBBY

Senior Pastor

Pastor Sean and his wife Monique serve as the Senior Pastor's of our church. Sean’s ministry is marked by his passion for prayer, evangelism, relevant Bible teaching and impactful preaching. He is committed to God, to his family, and to building a brighter future for Christian Life Center, the community in which they serve, this generation and generations to come. He ministers with humor and empathy and boldly preaches Apostolic truth in such a way that people can understand and apply God’s Word to their everyday lives.


RON LIBBY

Founding Pastor

Pastor Ron Libby and his wife Linda serve as the Founding Pastor's of our church. Ron's 40 year tenure as Sr. Pastor saw steady growth and impact within the community resulting in four building projects. Wherever he goes, lives are touched and changed because of his genuine love for people as well as his character, vision and self-sacrifice. His passion and desire to help people resulted in the establishment of Points of Refuge a ministry providing safety and comfort for ministers and their wives. Truly, he is a man driven by passion for God. 


NATHANIEL & LETICIA LETTMAN

Youth Directors

Nathaniel & Leticia Lettman lead the Anchored Youth Group with a tangible love for people and a passion to see young people connect with God. Over the years, the Lettman's have served in various roles of ministry at Christian Life Center, but their hearts are wholly given to seeing young people progress on their journey. They passionately guide the youth to lead a life that reflects God's light and love to a generation that hungers for reconnection Him. The Lettman's have a genuine kinship with young people and are energized in serving.

 

SOPHIA HODO

Kid Zone Director

Sophia Hodo has been privileged to serve in the Children's Ministry of CLC for the past 24 years. As Director, she leads with the belief that the lives of children can be eternally impacted by helping them to develop a deep and lasting relationship with God, built upon a strong foundation of faith according to Luke 6:48. "He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock."