New Vision Church was founded in 1992 when five families sensed God’s call and moved to Waukesha, Wisconsin.
They quit their jobs, sold their homes and relocated to Waukesha. None knew much about Waukesha, only that it was God’s location for a brand new church. Its mission: To be an intimate church that follows Jesus to reproduce new churches that follow Jesus.
Under the leadership of Pastor Matt Lewis, New Vision opened with humble beginnings in a daycare facility and then moved to an office building in downtown Waukesha. The congregation grew from 14 to over 125, and by 2000, it spun off 7 families and 5 individuals to daughter a new church plant.
After another surge in attendance, the New Vision congregation broke ground in 2002 on its own church facility at I-94 and Hwy SS in the City of Pewaukee. A few contractors, numerous congregation members and sister BIC churches (our family within the Christian Church) from neighboring states and Canada built the church building in old Amish barn-raising style from the ground up from Spring through mid-December. The first service was held Christmas Eve 2002.
New Vision’s mission requires that the congregation stay family-sized (under 200). It encourages its members to worship God intimately, love one another, follow Jesus wholeheartedly, share the good news of Jesus compassionately, and reproduce churches by sending out its spiritual children to begin new church plants. It’s first daughter-church plant was successfully launched in 2000. A second daughter-church plant was initiated in 2006.
- After founding pastor Matt Lewis left to head up the Pastors of Excellence Program at Ashland Seminary, the church called a new pastor, John Fickett. John and his family moved here from Pennsylvania in November 2008. The Ficketts leave a legacy of loving their family well, unswerving devotion to Jesus, and the faithful teaching of Scripture.
In 2017, the church called a new pastor. Pastor Brett Bever, an Iowa native, and his wife Christina met in Kentucky, and spent time in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania before moving to Wisconsin. They come with a love for the legacy of New Vision’s hospitable and personal community. Their desire is to equip New Vision as missionaries to post-Christian culture by leading innovative ideas for gathering people around the teachings of Jesus. Brett is passionate about bringing Jesus centered rest and healing to those who are hurting and disillusioned with our fast paced and consumer culture (both secular and church culture!). Christina is completing a PhD in Biblical Studies and is passionate about bring the Bible to life with her background in archaeology and ancient art, literature, and languages. They have three active sons.