In consultation with Rev. Dr. James Graham, Jr., Sr. Pastor, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Herndon, VA, Rev. Dr. James Sutton proceeded to establish Christian Life Church (CLC) in Manassas, VA. The Articles of Incorporation, approved by the Board of directors, was then submitted to the State of Virginia.
August 17, 2008
Rev. Sutton, entered into a lease contract for the church building in Manassas.
The first bible study was held in a small conference room in the new church complex.
November 18, 2008
Joining in with Rev. Sutton to begin this effort was his wife, Rev. Dr. Glenda Sutton. Rev. Sutton’s dream of being diversified – Kingdom Focus, was quickly realized when Pastor Juan Hernandez, his wife Erica and family and the Hispanic Congregation of Life Church, IGLESIA VIDA, joined in partnership with Dr. Sutton.
Within months after the church was established, Pastor Chan Shin Park and his wife Jung Park and family became part of the ministry as well, uniting a Korean Church under the same roof.partnership with Dr. Sutton.
Rev. Sutton was officially installed as Senior Pastor by Rev. Dr. James L. Graham, Jr. Thus the new church plant, under the watchful care of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church was birth. The Christian Life Church vision is: “Transforming Lives that Empower People to Fulfill Their Life’s Purpose through Jesus Christ.” The purpose of the ministry is to meet the spiritual and practical needs of God’s people; to direct them towards Jesus Christ; and to teach and equip the Saints for ministry through the leadership and power of the Holy Spirit as directed in Matthews 18:19-20 and Ephesians 4:11-16.
May 15, 2009
During this short period of existence, through the leading of the Holy Spirit, the church has made great strides in terms of its membership, outreach, and Christian goals. Matthew 16:18: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.