Lifeway Church Celina

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701 E Pecan Street
Celina, TX  75009

Sundays at
8:30, 9:45 & 11:00AM

Our Story

Follow the timeline below to learn about the history of Lifeway Church Celina.

Craig and Debbie Walker, and Jeremy and Diana Walker moved to Celina in 2006. They felt called to start a church, a church different from regular churches, a church that wanted to reach the lost as much as they wanted to grow the believer.

Craig hired Josh Price as the new Youth Pastor. The youth ministry grew from 10-12 students to 120 within a year.

Shortly after, Neal McNutt was hired to lead worship, bringing a whole new musical feel and level to the church.

In 2016, we hired Mike Rutig as the Connections Pastor, with a passion for assimilation and LifeGroups.

In 2017, Craig and Debbie felt they had restored God’s church to where He wanted them to, and they were called away to Colorado.

God is doing big things here! Come and see where you fit in to this community of believers we call Lifeway Church.

On February 10th, 2008, Lifeway had its very first service committed to helping people find and follow Christ. In 3 years, Lifeway grew to 350 people with two services on Sundays. Unfortunately, somewhere along the 3-year road, the church became divided, people lost confidence in leadership, and a mass exodus happened. By year 5, the church was totaling only 80 people.

At this time, God gave Craig a new vision, a new motivation and a new calling. With renewed energy, Craig went forward to rebuild the church God was calling him to create. By year 6, Craig knew God was calling him to hire someone that would help push Lifeway in the direction God was calling it to go.

Craig placed Josh Price as the new Lead Pastor at Lifeway, fully believing that Josh was the one God was calling to that role.

In 2018, we also brought Anthony Gonzales on as our full-time youth pastor.

In 2021, Jordan Verhoek joined the team as the new full-time Children’s Pastor, bringing energy and excitement to a fun, safe, and engaging children’s environment.

In 2023, we hired Brandon Fletcher as our Groups Pastor.

Craig and Debbie Walker, and Jeremy and Diana Walker moved to Celina in 2006. They felt called to start a church, a church different from regular churches, a church that wanted to reach the lost as much as they wanted to grow the believer.

On February 10th, 2008, Lifeway had its very first service committed to helping people find and follow Christ. In 3 years, Lifeway grew to 350 people with two services on Sundays. Unfortunately, somewhere along the 3-year road, the church became divided, people lost confidence in leadership, and a mass exodus happened. By year 5, the church was totaling only 80 people.

At this time, God gave Craig a new vision, a new motivation and a new calling. With renewed energy, Craig went forward to rebuild the church God was calling him to create. By year 6, Craig knew God was calling him to hire someone that would help push Lifeway in the direction God was calling it to go.

Craig hired Josh Price as the new Youth Pastor. The youth ministry grew from 10-12 students to 120 within a year.

Shortly after, Neal McNutt was hired to lead worship, bringing a whole new musical feel and level to the church.

In 2016, we hired Mike Rutig as the Connections Pastor, with a passion for assimilation and LifeGroups.

In 2017, Craig and Debbie felt they had restored God’s church to where He wanted them to, and they were called away to Colorado.

Craig placed Josh Price as the new Lead Pastor at Lifeway, fully believing that Josh was the one God was calling to that role.

In 2018, we also brought Anthony Gonzales on as our full-time youth pastor.

In 2021, Jordan Verhoek joined the team as the new full-time Children’s Pastor, bringing energy and excitement to a fun, safe, and engaging children’s environment.

In 2023, we hired Brandon Fletcher as our Groups Pastor.

God is doing big things here! Come and see where you fit in to this community of believers we call Lifeway Church.
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