About NLCC

After hosting four preview services in 2012 at Mosswood Recreation Center and touching the community via outreach events, New Life Community Church launched in January 2013 with 17 members in the heart of Oakland, CA. From its inception, New Life has been earmarked with a strong welcoming spirit of love and service. Through the years, many ministries have been created to meet the growing needs of its vibrant congregation and community.

Anchored in the Holy Bible and empowered by the Holy Spirit, New Life has been a life transformation center for people of all walks of life. New Life intentionally creates an atmosphere and environment that makes our founding scripture come alive:

II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Our Mission:

“Impact the World One Soul at a Time, by Loving God and Loving People!”

IMPACT Principles

I - Intentionally Inviting

M - Mission Motivated

P - Passionate Prayer and Powerful Preaching

A - Acts of Service

C - Create Community Partnerships

T - Thermostats not Thermometers

Darnell C. Hammock,
Founder & Lead Pastor

Fondly known as “Pastor Smoke”, Darnell C. Hammock is the Founder & Lead Pastor of New Life Community Church. Pastor Hammock received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from California State University, Fresno.

Inspired by Nehemiah, Pastor Hammock left Fresno, CA and returned to his hometown of Oakland, CA to help rebuild the “walls” of the city though the radical love of Christ. Pastor Hammock has an undeniable love for people and is known for preaching with unassailable conviction.

Pastor Hammock lives by Galatians 6:9 (NLT) “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”

Jennifer Hammock,
First Lady

Affectionately called Lady Jenn is synonymous for inspiring, motivating, and fun loving. Lady Jenn leads with a call to empower others to experience limitless living through Jesus Christ. Lady Jenn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno.

Lady Jenn gives leadership to the Women’s Ministry and the Operations of New Life. As a part of her daily mission to inspire you can find Lady Jenn hosting empowerment events, coaching individuals through the seasons of life.

Together with Pastor Hammock they have three children; Jaylen, Darius, and a baby girl due in July 2017!


Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School

960 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94607


Morning Worship

Sunday  |  10:30am


ReFRESH Bible Study

Tuesday  |  7:00PM