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Welcome To The Life Center

We are a progressive church in the heart of  St. Pauls, NC. 
Our mission is to reach people, and show God’s love to all.
As a first time guest, here is what you can expect during your visit:
  • Expect to see someone wave at you in the parking lot upon arrival.
  • Expect to see someone greet you with a friendly welcome at the front doors.
  • Expect to fill out a connect card that will help us connect with you.
  • Expect to be treated like a friend.
  • Expect to receive a bulletin from our friendly volunteers.
  • Expect to hear music that is relevant and refreshing as our praise team sings for the glory of God.
  • Expect to hear a message of hope that is meaningful from the Biblical text.
  • Expect us to be imperfect while we strive for the perfection that only God completes.
Michael Gist
Senior Pastor
Michael has served The Life Center since 2012 where he is humbly grateful and loves people. His vision has been to build a multicultural church that is inviting to all people. He pastors The Life Center from a platform of diversity, engaging with people to serve, in an effort to reflect the mission of Jesus Christ. Michael, his staff, and the entire body that serves has a focus to love people the way God does by sharing Christ. Michael and his wife Stephanie are truly excited to be in the St. Pauls area. Let’s connect.

Our Vision 

Our mission and vision is to love people unconditionally creating an atmosphere of worship and freedom. The Life Center strives to develop a multicultural environment of excellence, impacting our church and community with the teachings of Jesus Christ Our goal is to spread a message of hope, the message of Jesus Christ, to all people that we are given an opportunity to meet.


Real. Relevant. Reaching.

REAL focuses on the fact that we live in a fallen world, and at one time or another everyone will need a hand up. We do not make ourselves out to be perfect, but we strive to be better each day that God gives us. To be real means that we are believers of Christ and we are saved, but we have no right to judge anyone for their failures or past mistakes. We are real because our failures are not fatal, but our failures are forgiven. 

RELEVANT shows that we can relate to most anyone. We are relevant because we are all interconnected with the same emotions and desires, in need of a Savior. We are relevant by lifting up one another through mutual matters at hand. Relevant deals with real struggles recognizing we have been redeemed.

REACHING means that we are concerned about our community and the people of our region, and we are committed to fulfilling the Great Commission of Christ, that is, to go into the world and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Reaching demonstrates our compassion for people, through our love for the Lord. This extension is to soon send missionaries to foreign soil.

Our Core Values

FAMILY: We believe that the family is God’s design that is the dynamic that helps to build a church and connect people together to live healthy spiritual lives. We believe our lives ought to compel our unsaved friends and neighbors to want to experience our joy.  We believe family is the core foundation of society and of the church. 

WORSHIP: We believe that worship is an essential part of the faith as a Christian. Worship is primary as believers exalt God with passion and thanksgiving. We believe worship should be honoring to God and uplifting to the each other. 

REACHING: We believe as Christians that we have a commitment to reach people as Christ commanded in the Great Commission. We are mandated to reach our community, but we are not limited by the community, nor by color, nor by creed, nor by culture. Our goal is to love and reach people.

TEACHING: We believe that the revelation of God is made evident by the Holy Scriptures in the Bible. The Word of God is our authority, and this is what we teach and live by. Our hope is to train Christians by edifying the church.

SERVICE: We believe that we are the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. It is important that every born-again believer volunteers his or her time by serving in the ministry to make a difference in the life of another. Our voluntary work is a labor of love. 

Every week we bring a message of hope that is
meaningful and impactful for your purpose

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Get Connected With The Life Center

Every volunteer is so important to make service run smooth for everyone. A volunteer has a servant’s heart and is willing to serve in any way possible. 
Leading spiritual growth in a generation of amazing men and woman by connecting with a small group.
M25 Ministr
Helps to plan and conduct church outreach to invite people and reach souls for Jesus Christ, appealing to outsiders and unchurched people.
Truth Youth
Build positive relationships with youth and help them develop in their walk with Christ.
Life Kidz
Lead the Children’s Ministry in creating, developing, implementing and maintaining an ongoing ministry for children.
Silver Saints
Assists in celebrating the community every third Tuesday of the month by building relationships with senior citizens by playing games and serving a hot lunch.
Empowered to further enhance an atmosphere of praise and worship during services and events. Serving the Lord with musical gifts to show love and adoration.
First Impression Team
From Greeters & Ushers to making the parking lot safe, there are several ways making a first impression to someone can change their day. Several teams come together to make the Life Center a lasting impression!
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The Life Center
498 E. McDuffie Crossing Road
St. Pauls, NC 28384
Traveling I-95 North Take Exit 25
Traveling I-95 South Take Exit 31
Phone: (910)865-4408
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Sunday Worship 11:00
Wednesday Evening 7:00 pm 
The Experience
The Life Center family of believers hopes your experience is amazing! Our promise to you is that every week we continue to show God’s love and make you feel welcome and loved! We want you to feel at home and we accept you with open arms!