Our History

 Elim was founded in 1915 by George Jeffreys, a young Christian from Maesteg in South Wales. Jeffreys and a group of friends, known as the Elim Evangelistic Band, preached, started churches and witnessed a move of God that was characterised by miraculous healings and an explosion in the number of people becoming Christians.

The founders wanted the name of their new Movement to express their vision and values, and so chose ‘Elim’, the name of an oasis in the Bible that the people of Israel discovered as they wandered through the desert. It provided shade and refreshment to all who encountered it.

Fast forward 100 years, we’re a group of people from a wide mix of backgrounds but all have one thing in common – we love Jesus! We currently serve within the communities of Bodmin, Launceston and are looking to plant in Truro, through a variety of ministries that enable everyone to get to know the love of Jesus, and enable us to show our love.

John, together with his wife Sally, moved to Launceston in 2010 from St Ives in order to build a vibrant, lively, passionate church. Once Launceston was established, they felt led to pioneer the next chapter in the history of Gateway 2 New Life. In 2014, they started holding a weekly service in Bodmin and this has now grown to an established church in the heart of the town. In 2015 they moved to Truro to start a church plant in the capital of Cornwall.

We are based in the Gateway to Cornwall and the Gateway to the rest of the world – it could be the Gateway to a new start and a new life!

We recognise that there are many different churches in Cornwall, but in Gateway 2 New Life we hope you find one to suit your taste.

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01566 770951


Madford Lane, Launceston

Cornwall, PL15 9EG




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