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Meet The Team!

Leaders & Staff Members

Ian & Carole Rawley: Pastors

Ian made a decision to become a follower of Jesus in 1974. After studying history in the USA, he read law at St John’s College, Cambridge, and then completed his legal studies in London, becoming a barrister in 1980. Not long afterwards, he went off to Bible College in order to prepare for ‘full-time’ Christian ministry, in which he has been engaged ever since! For 38 years, Ian has been very happily married to Carole, who made her own decision to follow Jesus in 1976. After a number of years in the world of teaching, Carole re-trained professionally, acquiring a Masters degree in Child and Adolescent Counselling. She now works as a specialist psychotherapist in a local school, as well as overseeing our youth and women’s ministries. Ian and Carole have four adult children, one son-in-law and two daughters-in-law, and they thoroughly enjoy being grandparents!


Martin Wilde: Administrator & Secretary Of NLC Trust

Martin lives in Impington with his wife and a small number of mainly unproductive hens. He has two grown up sons who he insists are much more talented and way better looking than he is.

Martin likes to organise things and to sing. Usually very loudly.


James Pearson: Youth Leader

James grew up in Stevenage and became a Christian at 13 after joining a church-run youth group. After finishing A Levels he did a leadership training course with Soul Survivor Watford and then went on to get a degree in Theology. After working with a church in Stevenage for three years, James moved over to Cambridge where he has been the Youth Leader since 2012!



On 1st June 2014, we celebrated the recognition of five eldership couples. They are: Clive and Shan Petry, Dave & Lis Silver, Andy & Dorte Slaymaker, Tom & Jan Watt and Martin & Julie Wilde. A little more can be found out about them here.


The Trustees work with the eldership team, to manage the financial and legal responsibilities of the Trust. The Trustees are Ian Rawley, Martin Wilde (Secretary),  David Silver (Treasurer), Letitia Jiri, Izzy Summers and Janet Watt.

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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm 'Hello'!

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know beforehand what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where & When?

We meet at the University of Cambridge Primary School  in Eddington (details below) for our Sunday Service, starting at 10am.  When you arrive, you will be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team..

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There is wheelchair access and a disabled toilet on the ground floor. There is wheelchair access to the first floor by lift.

Our Sunday Service

The main service begins at 10:00am with a warm welcome from one of our leadership team. Then follows a time of  worship, led by our band. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the Bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time that you hear it, but it’s all part of our connecting with God. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is Bible-based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. There is always an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

What About My Kids?

We have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages (click on them to find out more about them):

We really value worshipping God together as a family, so we encourage children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. After this, the children will go to their various groups. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our Safeguarding Policy.  

The kids' group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, Bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.


Getting Connected

Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out our Midweek Groups page and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving & Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries (click on them to find out more about them):

Get In Touch With Us To Plan Your Visit

If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.



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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say 'hello' and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.



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Pastor Ian Rawley


Carole Rawley

In 1974 I had an encounter with God that changed my life, causing me a few years later to train as a pastor. As well as leading New Life Church, over the last few decades I have had the immense privilege of helping to equip church leaders in many nations of the world. Welcome to our website & our church!


Hello and welcome! I decided to follow Jesus when I was 15 years old and it has been the greatest adventure of my life! At New Life Church, I lead our youth ministry and our women's ministry. I also work alongside Ian and our leadership team in overseeing our pastoral care. We are here to serve you!  


We are looking forward to welcoming you to New Life Church and hope you enjoy your time with us.